Reflection Mornings at Lawson 2019 – Seeking renewal through conversation

Join us in the ongoing conversation
  • 16 November 2019
    9:30AM - 12:30PM

A joint venture of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal

November 16th – Patricia Powell & Sally Neaves
“Comprehensive Compassion in the Earth Community:  The mission and worldview of Rahamim Ecology Centre”

Rahamim, a Hebrew word for mercy meaning ‘womb compassion’, was chosen as the name of the ecological learning community  founded in 2007 by the Sisters of Mercy in Bathurst, NSW. This  session will explore a little of the worldview that gave rise to this  ministry and the extensive scope of its reach today in challenging  times. Participants will also be invited to experience some of the  practices which are central to their work in eco-spirituality.

Patricia Powell OAM is a Sister of Mercy who, after many years in education, leadership, and work with Indigenous communities, came to study the new  cosmology (as revealed by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme) and co-founded  Rahamim Ecology Centre in 2007. In 2018 she was awarded the Order of  Australia Medal for distinguished service to the Catholic Church.

Sally Neaves is the Eco-Education Coordinator at Rahamim Ecology Centre, an environmental education spirituality and advocacy ministry of the Institute of the  Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Her work involves designing
Earth literacy programs and contemplative practices for reconnection with Earth  and imaginative action for our times. Her background includes qualifications in  ecological theology, philosophy, spirituality and permaculture.

Entry by donation. Morning tea is provided, no need to book.
For more information contact Carol Teodori: 02 4758 7549


Santa Maria Hall, 253 Great Western Hwy, Lawson, New South Wales, 2783, Australia


Reflection mornings are held in Lawson (in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney); and are usually held from 9:30am to 12:30pm on the third Saturday of a month in which a presenter has been scheduled. The venue is 400m east of Lawson Railway Station, next to the car park of Our Lady of the Nativity Catholic Church. To gain access to the car park please exit the Great Western Highway onto Somers Road immediately before the church.

For railway travellers to Lawson:

Go east on the Great Western Highway. Turn right at Orient St., left into Mary St. Walk to the end. (10 min. walk)