Courses and Events
In light of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical, the scope of Christian consciousness and responsibility is broadening: we cannot love our neighbour without loving our neighbourhood, and all its inhabitants. As we awaken to what the Pope has called the “care for our common home,” an element of moral conversion is required, along with other dimensions of conversion such as intellectual conversion and a readiness to dialogue with all the sciences that explore our earthly existence.
Based on the themes of Ecological Conversion, the Ecological Dimension of the Eucharist, and Hope for Creation, Professor Anthony Kelly will guide us through a Catholic understanding of faith and ecology and its implications for us as ‘earthly dwellers’.
Very little is written about Mary in the Gospels, yet she stands out as a role model for motherhood, discipleship and as a woman who shares a unique, deeply spiritual relationship with God. This reflection invites participants to see Mary for our times and to imagine our own engagement with God as parents, disciples and people of prayer. All are welcome!
There are many named women in the Christian Scriptures who are well-known to us, and others simply known as “a woman.” Studies into the roles of women in the Early Church display the importance of their relationship to key characters, especially Jesus, and the need for various ministries carried out by women. These five weeks will also include a study of women in the Gospels/Acts, St Paul’s letters, starring leading ladies and “hidden figures.”
In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis called all people of goodwill to accept the challenge of being protectors of creation, of one another, and of the environment.
He showed the impact of irresponsible consumerism and environmental damage on all of us, but especially on the poor of the world.
This course will explore Laudato Si and lead to planning the changes needed to properly care for our common home. Suggested donation $15.00.
Through his Theology of the Body, Saint Pope John Paul II gave the Church a deep new understanding of the purpose of the human body. At a time when societal trends tended to see the body as an object of pleasure or as a machine for manipulation, John Paul II emphasised the theme of love as self-gift and saw the body as the means to love in the image of God. This course is suited not only for young adults or married couples, but for all ages and vocations! Suggested donation $15.
The Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium follows from the Synod on the New Evangelisation that was held in Rome in October 2012. Visiting Scholar from Mary Immaculate College in Ireland, Prof Eamonn Conway, who attended that Synod as an expert adviser, will share his reflection on Evangelii Gaudium and his understanding of what Pope Francis means by a ‘missionary option’ for the Church and the idea of a ‘hierarchy of truths’.
In the past year, communities around the world have been grappling with socio-political change and uncertainty. Examples include the rise of fundamentalism, the growing violence and displacement of peoples in the Middle East, the election of numerous populist leaders such as Presidents Trump in the USA and Duterte in the Philippines, and Britain’s vote to leave the EU. At this year’s BBI eConference, prominent speakers will reflect upon these turbulent times and discuss them in the context of Pope Francis’ unique style of leadership. Please register for catering services – lunch will be provided.
The eConference will be screened in the Clune Lecture Theatre.
Our friends, the Mystics, have written about the singular connection to the heart of God, and the Church expresses great devotion to the Sacred Heart. What does it mean to come home to the heart of God, to realize that the One whom we desire dwells within us, and calls us to that ultimate union with Godself? Participants will explore the writings of Catherine of Siena and Margaret Ebner, Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Sacred Scriptures, the history and symbolism of the heart in art, a contemporary reflection on the Sacred Heart, and “our coming home to the heart of God.” Suggested donation $20.00.
Though it sits as a foundational component of the Christian faith, many people can struggle to understand the Bible; how we came to have it, how we use it and what is really in there. Even those who feel they are quite familiar with the Scriptures recognise there is always more to discover. This short course will look at how we can make sense of the Bible in the modern world. Various skills and concepts are explored including inspiration and truth, how the Bible was formed, how we can understand difficult parts, and what Catholics and Christians in general really believe about scripture.
A trip exploring Whadjuk Noongar Country and the interconnectedness of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si. Cost-$50.00 waged/ $25 concession. BYO lunch and snacks. For information on where to meet, please contact Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Director Vicky Burrows on 9328 7529 or 0412 529 656
The course takes its title and inspiration from Scripture scholar Denis McBride’s insightful book. We will explore where and how the gospel writers begin their stories of Jesus. Like overtures, the opening chapters of each gospel sound the storyline of what follows: the mystery of Jesus, Word made flesh, his ministry, message and invitation to live our own story to the full (Jn 10.10).
An opportunity to explore practical ways you and your parish can engage with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and the Aboriginal community. The possibilities of an individual parish reconciliation plan and other tools will be explored. Morning and Afternoon Tea provided. BYO lunch. Cost – Donation.
“The destiny of all creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ, present from the beginning” – the Cosmic Christ described most beautifully in Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1:15-17 (Laudato Si’, paragraph 99). Come explore how this cosmic vision of creation underpins and inspires Pope Francis’ magnificent encyclical, Laudato Si’.
31 October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the journey of Reformation by Martin Luther. The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity presents us with two challenges: “the purification and healing of memories, and the restoration of Christian unity in accordance with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” This program will cover the history, spirituality, and theology of Martin Luther and the Catholic Church, including the most recent developments in the call for unity.