Term 3, Issue 1 - Mission and Identity | Siena College

Mission and Identity

The changing landscape outside my window…

“As we are speaking, there are individuals holding out on frontlines, holding the humane tissue alive in areas of ultimate barbarity, where things are visible that the human eye should never see. And they’re able to sustain it, because there is, in them, some kind of sense of beauty that knows the horizon that we are really called to in some way.

Beauty isn’t all about just nice loveliness, like. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming. So I think beauty, in that sense, is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life.”

John O’Donohue – (The Inner Landscape of Beauty 2017)

Preparing to mark St Dominic’s Day

Since the start of this term I’ve had the pleasure of working with Senior Student Leaders in the preparation of our upcoming St Dominic’s Day celebration in early August. Students have been busy writing prayers and participating in filming various aspects of our online Liturgy of the Word; it’s been wonderful to witness their collaboration, collective wisdom and commitment to making this a special experience for members of our community.

Revolution of Tenderness Podcast

Australian Dr Sandie Cornish shares reflections on Catholic Social Teaching in the current world context. The COVID-19 pandemic takes place in the context of several interconnected crises: an ecological crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of political authority and governance, and a crisis of meaning and purpose. So, what does Catholic Social Teaching have to do with all this? Sandie argues that Catholic Social Teaching encourages us to pay attention to our world, motivating us to care. Second, it helps us to discern our responses.

Jennifer Levett

Deputy Principal Mission and Identity
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