Theology and Philosophy

An evening for the Year of Consecrated Life

In his Apostolic Letter to all consecrated people on the occasion of the year of Consecrated Life, His Holiness Pope Francis named his top two ambitions for this year-long celebration in the Church.

"The first of these aims is to look to the past with gratitude," the Pontiff wrote. "All our Institutes are heir to a history rich in charisms. At their origins we see the hand of God who, in his Spirit, calls certain individuals to follow Christ more closely, to translate the Gospel into a particular way of life, to read the signs of the times with the eyes of faith and to respond creatively to the needs of the Church."

Secondly, he called for a look to the present: "This Year also calls us to live the present with passion. Grateful remembrance of the past leads us, as we listen attentively to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today, to implement ever more fully the essential aspects of our consecrated life." And then, he looked to the future, embracing it with hope . "We all know the difficulties which the various forms of consecrated life are currently experiencing: decreasing vocations and aging members, particularly in the Western world; economic problems stemming from the global financial crisis; issues of internationalization and globalization; the threats posed by relativism and a sense of isolation and social irrelevance… But it is precisely amid these uncertainties, which we share with so many of our contemporaries, that we are called to practice the virtue of hope, the fruit of our faith in the Lord of history, who continues to tell us: "Be not afraid… for I am with you" (Jer 1:8).

To support the Holy Father in this initiative, Church Resources has partnered with Catholic Religious Australia, the Australian Catholic University, and Catholic Church Insurance to bring these unique events to you during which some of Australia’s religious will consider their vocations and how they have responded to change over the years, and their hopes for religious life into the future.

Join our panellists for an evening which is sure to make you think about the rich contribution religious orders have made to building Australia, and what the future might have in store for our religious communities.

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Sydney – Wednesday 15 April 2015

Registration for Sydney is now closed. Please email Kelsie Bancroft at to be added to our waitlist.

ACU, Tenison Woods House, Level 22, 8–20 Napier Street, North Sydney

Panellists include:

  • Sr Clare Condon sgs
  • Br Greg McDonald FMS
  • Sr Margaret Beirne rsc
  • Fr David Braithwaite SJ
  • Sr Catherine White mfic

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Melbourne – Tuesday 19 May 2015

ACU Melbourne Campus, Philippa Brazill Lecture Theatre, entrance via Young St (off 115 Victoria Parade) Fitzroy

Panellists include:

  • Bishop Mark Edwards OMI
  • Sr Doris Testa csb
  • Sr Jan Gray rsm
  • Sr Joan Healy rsj

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Brisbane – Tuesday 16 June 2015

ACU Leadership Centre, Level 3, Cathedral House, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Panellists include:

  • Sr Pauline Coll sgs
  • Fr Thomas Azzi OP
  • Dr Maeve Heaney FMVD

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Program for the evenings

5.30pmArrival registration
6.15pmAll seated
6.30pmWelcome, prayer, introduction for the panellists
6.45pmFirst panellist
7:55pmThanks, blessing