"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)


Outline of Courses for 2019 (Updated)

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May/June 2019

Developing Your Own Spirituality III
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Cost: $150/person

Day of Silence and Solitude: May 4
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

Mysticism: Plain or Flavoured?
Presenter: Thomas Ryan, SM, PhD
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person

Film Lectio II: Bede Griffiths OSB - A Human Search and the New Creation in Christ
Presenters: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD

When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 22, 29, June 5
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, May 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $40/person 

June/July 2019

Thomas Aquinas
Presenter: Andrew Murray SM PhD
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 4, 11, 18
Cost: $120/person

Unmasking Violence - Reimagining the Gospel with René Girard
Presenter: Susan Connelly rsj, PhD
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 12, 19, 26, July 3
Cost: $150/person 

Day of Silence and Solitude: July 27
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

August 2019

Laudato Si: An Urgent Challenge to Protect our Common Home
Presenters: Winton Higgins, PhD & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am-12noon; August 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $150/person

Restorative Dialogue: The Explicit Practice of Relationships
Presenter: Terry O’Connell, OAM
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10 – 12noon; August 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: 150/person 

September 2019

The Mystics: Pathfinders in the Spiritual
Presenter: Sr. Patty Andrew
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon; September 3, 10, 17
Cost: $120/person (Including summary notes)

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, September 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $150/person

Day of Silence and Solitude: September 21
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

The Holy Spirit in St John's Gospel
Presenter: Robert Tilley PhD

When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, September 25, October 2, 9
Cost: $120/person

October 2019

A View from inside the Royal Commission
Stephen Crittenden, ABC Radio journalist, presenter and producer
3 Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon; October 15, 22, 29

Film Lectio III: The Green Book
Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, October 16, 23, 30
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm, October 16, 23, 30
Cost: $40/person 

Tragedy of Sexual Abuse: Where are We Now?
Presenters: Gerard Webster PhD (Psychoanalysis and Philosophy) & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 3 Friday mornings, 10am-12noon; October 18, 25, November 1
Cost: $120/person 

November 2019

The Poetry of Grace V
Presenter: Michael Griffith, PhD
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon; November 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: 150/person

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, November 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person 

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