Section Archive: It Occurred to Me

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

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Unveiling Mary

The month of May is dedicated to Mary of Nazareth. Patty Fawkner reflects on her...

Posted on: May 14, 2019

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The gift of spiritual companions

God sends spiritual guides into our lives, reflects Patty Fawkner, who are messengers and mediums...

Posted on: April 16, 2019