An interactive reflection afternoon for Catholic women hosted by the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce will explore “a spirituality for our times”.
Sr Clare Condon SGS and Andrea Dean from the Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce will co-facilitate the 90-minute session on Saturday, 7 November, from 3-4.30 pm.
In the light of the challenges of 2020, the participants will reflect on scripture, experience and extracts from Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ inspirational encyclical on care of the environment.
The video-conferencing service Zoom will be used to create a contemplative atmosphere and to enable participants to reflect with other women of faith. The sessions are open to all Catholic women in Australia and overseas.
Sr Clare said that there is much to reflect on from this year.
“The Taskforce is very aware of the communities so badly affected by bushfires in December and January. We had hoped to be holding a series of reflection sessions around the Archdiocese to support especially the women in dealing with that suffering. Unfortunately, the pandemic has meant that everyone has been impacted by suffering to some degree”, she said.
Ms Dean explained that the reflection afternoon was an opportunity to look back in hope.
“We have developed a reflection afternoon that is honest about our struggles but that is open to hope. We will grieve the difficulties but also move to celebrate how a spirituality for our time, in a world broken by the effects of the pandemic will be marked by care and tenderness.”
Women's Taskforce to Run Reflection on Laudato Si' (Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce)