Articles by: Patty Fawkner

Let the Risen One easter in us

The resurrection wasn’t a once-off event, simply about Jesus. It was and continues to be...

Posted on: April 20, 2021

While we can ‘celebrate small victories’ our church deserves so much more

When women question the status quo with openness, frankness and boldness, they are ignored or...

Posted on: March 16, 2021

In an age of cancel culture can I find room in my heart for empathy?

Beyond outrage, indignation and justified critique, in an age of cancel culture can I find...

Posted on: February 16, 2021

‘We’re all in this together’ is what every Christmas celebrates

The global COVID-19 pandemic has proved the inter-relatedness and interconnectedness of all of creation. The...

Posted on: December 15, 2020

We are called to be ‘Neighbours without Borders’

In his encyclical Fratelli Tutti Francis says that being a neighbour without borders is how...

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Good intentions are not good enough

The absence of women in the language of the Church matters enormously. Invisibility in words...

Posted on: October 20, 2020

175 years ago, black lives mattered to John Bede Polding

In the spirit of Polding, may we pray for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples...

Posted on: September 16, 2020

A wise leader uses 'different strokes for different folks'

Within the Rule of Benedict, the contemporary relevance of wisdom for leaders is as impressive...

Posted on: August 19, 2020

Voices of the oppressed must be heard to make positive social change

Stories create an emotional connection and can inspire us to act to overcome bigotry and...

Posted on: July 16, 2020

Embracing life’s givens with solidarity and compassion

In the face of searing unfairness, we embrace injustice by working for justice, we embrace...

Posted on: June 16, 2020

Women – seen and not seen during a pandemic

When the gifts of women and men, equally made in God’s image and likeness, are...

Posted on: May 19, 2020

Jean Vanier abuse reveals patriarchy and pedestals are a toxic combination

For decades Jean Vanier was seen as a ‘spiritual superstar’. On learning of his abusive...

Posted on: March 17, 2020