Seeking renewal through conversation
We are constantly aware of the emphasis placed by Pope Francis on the importance of dialogue and conversation with others - not only with members of our own faith tradition but with those who are ‘church shy’; or see themselves on the fringe of conventional religious experience; with those from other Christian churches and other faith traditions; with those of no particular religious affiliations at all; with some who do not believe in God… We firmly believe that we have much to learn from each other.
Information about Catalyst Events
Announcement Regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic
For the time being, Catalyst for Renewal has suspended most of our 2020 program of face to face events.
Decisions about SIP gatherings and Reflection Mornings will be made as each event approaches. We will act in accordance with current advice, choosing to err on the side of keeping our supporters and the community safe. We apologise for the uncertainty.
For more information, please monitor this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, a program of online events has commenced on an experimental basis. See below for more details.
Catalyst Forum with Sister Joan Chittister OSB
Sister Joan was scheduled to speak at Monte Sant Angelo College, North Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 15 September 2020. This event has now been postponed.
Sister Joan has informed us that she remains committed and keen to travel to Australia as soon as possible. Obviously, with our borders remaining closed for the foreseeable future, this is not likely to happen this year. We will reschedule the forum, in consultation with Sister Joan, when government health orders are such that we can plan with certainty. We sincerely apologise for being unable to proceed with the forum on the originally scheduled date.
Ticket holders for the Sr Joan forum are offered two alternatives:
- you can request a refund of your purchase by sending an email to email@example.com ; refund requests will be processed within 14 days of receipt, to the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
- otherwise, your tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled event, when that is determined. (In this case, there is no need to contact us - we will keep you informed of further changes.)
If you select the second option, we'll be sure to inform you of the revised arrangements and your ticket price will be protected against any increase that may apply (due, for example, to increased travel costs for Sr Joan or if our preferred venue is not available for the alternative date). You may of course still request a refund at any later time.
Q and A in the Crypt with Robert Fitzgerald AM
Our forum with Robert scheduled for 27 June 2020 was not able to proceed. Subsequently, Robert has agreed to be our speaker at a Catalyst Dinner scheduled for Friday 30 October 2020. This will of course be subject to public health orders applicable at the time. We will decide in early September whether we are able to proceed with the dinner.
Catalyst and Aquinas Academy Reflection Mornings
Reflection Mornings at Lawson in the Blue Mountains have recommenced. Pre-booking is required. Monitor this site for details.
Due to unforeseen circumstances our August Reflection Morning in Lawson has been cancelled. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions we hope to see you at Lawson in September.
Reflection Mornings at Hunters Hill are unlikely to recommence this year as face to face events. We are exploring the possibility of continuing our program online. Please monitor this site for information.