When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
At the beginning of this week we marked the Feast of Pentecost – the birth of our Church. The followers of Christ found ways to build community as people created, released and sustained by the God made known to them in the man Jesus. So, while the disciples would continue to have moments of struggle and conflict, the primary message of restoring community through radical hospitality persisted. Our role as educators, learners and Dominicans demands that we not only live this message but do so in the true form of the word ‘radical’ - that is, not simply by making a departure from tradition but by striving to affect the fundamental nature of an issue with far-reaching consequences. Across this week our Siena students have embodied the radical hospitality of our tradition in numerous ways:
Over many years Siena College has been committed to the national reconciliation process and worked hard to acknowledge the important place that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality plays in our Australian Catholic heritage. The theme of this 2021 National Reconciliation Week is
Reconciliation – More Than A Word. It Takes Action. Our Veritas Leaders, FIRE Carriers and members of the Reconciliation Action Plan Team facilitated the launch of NRW, which included presenting our Principal Elizabeth Hanney with a mounted copy of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.