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Mission Matters

As we approach the end of the Easter season we can reflect on how we are called:

The resurrection to which Easter calls us
— our own —
requires that we prepare to find God where God is
by opening ourselves to the world around us with a listening ear.
That means that we must be prepared to be surprised by God in strange places,
in ways we never thought we’d see
and through the words of those we never thought we’d hear.
We must allow others
— even those whom we have till now refused to consider —
to open our hearts to things we do not want to hear.
We must release the voice of God in everyone, everywhere

Joan Chittister O.S.B.

 

Year 12 Retreat

During Holy Week at the end of Term One, our Year 12 students, accompanied by twelve staff members, took part in their annual residential retreat at Pallotti College Millgrove. Over three days and two nights the students were provided with opportunities for prayer, reflection and creative activities, as well as time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Speaker Melinda Tankard-Reist highlighted the role played by the media in influencing the way young women are portrayed and encouraged the girls to continue to ‘seek truth’ as living examples of our College motto Veritas. The retreat concluded with a liturgy in the Chapel and an acknowledgement of our generous hosts Bill and Maryanne.

Dominican Pilgrimage 

Human Resources Manager, Tracey Kermond and I joined members of Dominican communities across Australia and the Solomon Islands to participate in a Pilgrimage to the Lands of Dominic, throughout the month of April. Travelling through Spain, France and Italy we discovered the ‘human’ face of St Dominic in the simple and generous actions of those we met, as well as in the relationships formed with our fellow pilgrims. Whilst staying in the Dominican Monastery in Caleruega , Dominic’s birthplace, we woke to find gentle snow falling, visiting the site of the first community at Prouilhe we joined the sisters for vespers and in Siena we encountered St Catherine through powerful stories and visual images. It was also wonderful to visit the Museo Civico and see Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government which served as inspiration when developing this year’s College theme of One Body, Many Parts. On our final day in Rome we attended a Papal Audience and were fortunate to be in close proximity to Pope Francis as he travelled through the crowd - read a transcript of his address here. We both found the pilgrimage a transformative experience and look forward to sharing our learnings with the Siena College community.

 

 

 

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As we approach the end of the Easter season we can reflect on how we are called:

The resurrection to which Easter calls us
— our own —
requires that we prepare to find God where God is
by opening ourselves to the world around us with a listening ear.
That means that we must be prepared to be surprised by God in strange places,
in ways we never thought we’d see
and through the words of those we never thought we’d hear.
We must allow others
— even those whom we have till now refused to consider —
to open our hearts to things we do not want to hear.
We must release the voice of God in everyone, everywhere

Joan Chittister O.S.B.

 

Year 12 Retreat

During Holy Week at the end of Term One, our Year 12 students, accompanied by twelve staff members, took part in their annual residential retreat at Pallotti College Millgrove. Over three days and two nights the students were provided with opportunities for prayer, reflection and creative activities, as well as time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Speaker Melinda Tankard-Reist highlighted the role played by the media in influencing the way young women are portrayed and encouraged the girls to continue to ‘seek truth’ as living examples of our College motto Veritas. The retreat concluded with a liturgy in the Chapel and an acknowledgement of our generous hosts Bill and Maryanne.

Dominican Pilgrimage 

Human Resources Manager, Tracey Kermond and I joined members of Dominican communities across Australia and the Solomon Islands to participate in a Pilgrimage to the Lands of Dominic, throughout the month of April. Travelling through Spain, France and Italy we discovered the ‘human’ face of St Dominic in the simple and generous actions of those we met, as well as in the relationships formed with our fellow pilgrims. Whilst staying in the Dominican Monastery in Caleruega , Dominic’s birthplace, we woke to find gentle snow falling, visiting the site of the first community at Prouilhe we joined the sisters for vespers and in Siena we encountered St Catherine through powerful stories and visual images. It was also wonderful to visit the Museo Civico and see Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government which served as inspiration when developing this year’s College theme of One Body, Many Parts. On our final day in Rome we attended a Papal Audience and were fortunate to be in close proximity to Pope Francis as he travelled through the crowd - read a transcript of his address here. We both found the pilgrimage a transformative experience and look forward to sharing our learnings with the Siena College community.