Courses and Events
The Church’s social teaching, articulated through papal encyclicals and other papal documents, is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. This talk will cover the principles of the Church’s social teaching and the practical implications in our lives.
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 country experience exploring Kings Park on Whadjuk Noongar Country and the interconnectedness of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si. Suggested cost $25 – $50. However don’t let finances be an issue and contact us. 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’.
This course invites participants to embrace a rich spirituality that has been part of the Judeo-Christian Tradition for millennia. Spoken afresh today in Pope Francis Laudato Si Encyclical, this spirituality offers to equip us to meet the challenges we face as citizens in the 21st century. Run in a contemplative but interactive atmosphere, conversation will be sparked by the video Our Earth-Our Home designed for parish groups. Suggested donation $20.00
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.
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. Suggested donation $20.