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Section Archive: It Occurred to Me

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 14, 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

Fires, floods and the season of Lent are inextricably linked

For the sake of humanity and our planet, we cannot allow personally, communally, nationally or...

Posted on: February 19, 2020

The Feast for the Frayed and Fatigued

Christmas is the feast for the fatigued and the frayed, writes Patty Fawkner, because God...

Posted on: December 11, 2019


In response to the tragedy of institutional child sexual abuse, Sister Patty Fawkner considers the...

Posted on: November 20, 2019

Show me what it looks like

What does loving God look like? asks Sister Patty Fawkner. She finds it is not...

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Following the ‘clues’ to our vocation

For many, finding one’s vocation can be a slow-burning realisation, even a trial and error...

Posted on: September 18, 2019

The Church – to include or not to include?

If I include myself in any critique I make of the Church… I will be...

Posted on: August 20, 2019

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Chittister, Censorship and an Adult Church

Patty Fawkner SGS asks whether censorship in the Catholic Church underestimates the intelligence and maturity...

Posted on: July 17, 2019

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Religious women: The sowers of prophetic hope

There is a rich tapestry in the life of Religious women across the world, writes...

Posted on: June 18, 2019