Our 2020 theme: “20/20 Vision – towards the future”

(An initiative of Catalyst for Renewal Incorporated)

4th March: “20/20 vision – towards the future”. Speakers: Fr Daniel Dries, Rector of Christ Church St Laurence & Professor Jennifer Burn the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia within the Faculty of Law at UTS and the NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Fr Daniel and Jennifer will open up our year’s theme and invite our questions and comments.

1st April: “Social Media Under the Microscope”. Speakers: Sebastian Szafjanski, Religious Education teacher, Marcellin College, Randwick & Bella Nolan, a Sydney University student – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education and student at Sancta Sophia College.

6th May: “Beyond vision”. Speakers: Matt O’Kane has faced a number of challenges in his 44 years, including congenital blindness and childhood cancer.

3rd June: “Light on the Hill” . ) Moderator: Mary Shanahan RSCJ, OAM, a Religious Sister, former Principal of Sancta Sophia College at the University of Sydney and currently the Assistant Director of Mission, Kincoppal-RoseBay College; Panellists: Lyn Bannerman, a Social Worker, working predominently in courts with juveniles and assisting low-income families in distress; Gillian Clarke, Physics and Science Teacher, Marcellin College Randwick & Elisha Long, Director at Long Blackledge Architects

1st July: NAIDOC WEEK“Let’s work together for a shared future” Speakers: Brooke Prentis, an Aboriginal Christian Leader and a descendant of the Wakka Wakka peoples. Brooke is the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering; & Charles Trindall, an experienced Facilitator, an Aboriginal Affairs Project officer, Self Mastery Facilitator ( Pacific Institute) , ToP Facilitator,( Institute of Cultural Affairs); Singer and songwriter

5th August: “Beyond an Eye for an Eye”. Speakers: Terry O’Connell, OAM, a retired 30-year veteran with the New South Wales Police Service & Director of Real Justice Australia, a division of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) & Elizabeth Lee Spiritual Director, Facilitator and Grandmother

2nd September: “Don’t throw it away” Speakers: Ryan Collins, Head of Sustainable Resource Programs at Planet Ark & Kendall Brenton Collins, Founder of Fashion Revolution Australia and Strategic Communications Manager at Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

7th October: 2020 Plenary Council Update: Speakers: Geraldine Doogue AO, an Australian journalist and broadcaster with an outstanding career in print, television and radio and Member of Catalyst for Renewal & Fr Michael Whelan sm Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Church The Rocks; Director of the Aquinas Academy, Sydney and Member of Catalyst for Renewal.