Reflection Mornings at Lawson 2019 – Seeking renewal through conversation

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

A joint venture of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal

September 21st – Jenny Washington
“Using Lamentations to Lament: Exploring healing for ourselves and others through sorrow-filled stories”

Jenny Washington is the Pastoral Care Manager at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. She is passionate about her work in assisting Chaplains and Pastoral Care Practitioners to develop their capacity to provide thoughtful and sensitive spiritual care to people faced with a health crisis. She believes that experience has a great deal to teach us if only we take the time to critically reflect and particularly, to reflect within a community of practice. Jenny believes that our spirituality is what enlivens us, enabling us to be creative and thoughtful in our responses to the various challenges of our time. Jenny is a keen cyclist who looks forward to meeting new people and challenges.

During the workshop participants will
1. Be introduced to the place of ‘lament in our Spiritual journey’ through exploring the Book of Lamentations
2. Be provided the opportunity to write their own laments, and give expressionto the messier, unwelcome parts of life, to the moments of death and resurrection that awaken our souls

October 19th – Sr Leone Pallisier osu
“Come and See. Being a Disciple in our time and place”

Early in John’s gospel those interested in Jesus and his message are invited to ‘Come and See’. Some of these become followers and in turn encourage others to ‘Come and see’. We too are invited in our time to ‘Come and see’. We do this by sitting with scripture, pondering the stories Jesus told, reflecting upon the encounters with people Jesus met along the way. We are also invited to look at our times and let the gospel message invite us into a journey of transform where the promise
of the gospel – fullness of life, is a possibility for all. Jesus questioned unjust social and religious structures, laws…. That mission has also been passed on to us.

So in our time together we will ponder some encounters in the gospel and let them call us to deepen our personal response to Jesus’ call to come and see, and discern if there are ways I can question the status quo in both church and society in a way that leads to transformation. The Plenary Council has given us a structure through which we can ‘claim voice’.

Leone is an Ursuline sister who has been involved in secondary education as teacher and principal. She also has a background in spiritual and leadership formation. For the last 18 years she has been engaged in a women’s group which over time has come to be known as The Piazza ‘House Church’ after it was discovered that women were leading ‘house churches’ in the early years of our faith tradition.

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)