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Mission Matters

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Dominican friar of the English Province and former Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. He is Patron of the International Young Leaders Network and helped launch Las Casas Institute, dealing with issues of ethics, governance and social justice. 

At our Staff Faith Day at the beginning of term we welcomed Fr Timothy to our College, as well as staff from Presentation College, Windsor and Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill.  Our guest speaker presented two keynotes:

Can we all feel at home in the Church? 

‘Pope Francis has called upon the Church to welcome everyone, whoever they are and whatever they have done. Some people have not felt welcome – how can we open the doors of hospitality to everyone? How did Jesus combine both the invitation to perfection and the unconditional welcome to all?  I suggest that the answer lies in the nature of his friendship – indeed of every true friendship, which offers both complete acceptance and the invitation to grow.’ 

Revelation: Conversations with God 

‘How can the Word of God come alive and ‘make our hearts burn within us’ as the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus said? Reading the scriptures is not trying to decipher mysterious messages from God, as if from outer space. We are caught up in a conversation with God that leads us ever deeper into the mystery of love. Through the centuries, we are led into more profound insight into who we are and to what we are called – even the worldwide web is helping us to understand some aspects of Scripture more deeply.’ 

After this input we met in small groups to reflect using our ‘R’ wordle and form questions for the afternoon’s panel plenary session.

Fr Timothy says 'the biggest challenge of our time is to recover hope'.  Read more about this in an interview with him here.


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