Section Archive: It Occurred to Me

Sexual and gender minorities are among those most excluded in our Church

One thing for certain we can say about Jesus, and therefore about God, is that Jesus is very comfortable with diversity and accompanying those on the margins, writes Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: September 15, 2021

We become the stories we tell ourselves

I cannot control what others think about me or their expectations of me, but I can control my attitude and how I choose to be, writes Congregational Leader Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: August 18, 2021

When a picture paints a thousand words that reveal the truth

In the quest for truth and justice, the media holds up a mirror that reveals what is hidden from our eyes but often done in our name, writes Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: July 20, 2021

Advocating for a consistent ethic of life is not limited to abortion

I am proud to name myself as a feminist. Yet, I part ways with the greater majority of feminists on the issue of abortion, writes Congregational Leader Patty Fawkner SGS.

Posted on: June 15, 2021

Respect@Work shines a light on male-dominated workplace cultures

This report on women’s safety in the workplace has implications for the Catholic Church in Australia as we journey towards the first Assembly of the Plenary Council, writes Patty Fawkner...

Posted on: May 18, 2021

Let the Risen One easter in us

The resurrection wasn’t a once-off event, simply about Jesus. It was and continues to be an explosion of light, love and new life for all humanity, writes Patty Fawkner SGS.

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 figuratively told to go away by male gatekeepers, writes Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner SGS.

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 room in my heart for any empathy for those who feel aggrieved, asks Patty Fawkner. 

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 best of humanity has outstripped and outshone the worst of humanity, writes Sister Patty Fawkner. 

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 Christians are called to respond to the challenges faced by our world, writes Patty Fawkner.

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 equates with invisibility in consciousness and significance, writes Sister Patty Fawkner SGS in this edition.

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 and take action to address discrimination against any group of people, writes Sister Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: September 16, 2020