March 2016

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the March Aurora

Making a Splash in African Communities

Making a Splash in African Communities

Article by Stephen Nolan

Aurora invited an alumnus of our Catholic schools to share a project that is dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to under-served communities around the world to improve basic quality of life, create income-generating opportunities, and promote sustainable internal development.

One Invitation Leads to Another for Young Local Woman

One Invitation Leads to Another for Young Local Woman

Article by Brooke Robinson

It’s generally accepted that as one matures, it’s important to establish one’s own identity as an individual – part of, but differentiated from, family, friends, colleagues and others. For a young person raised in a family of faith, establishing one’s own path is a challenging, but necessary, task. Brooke Robinson shares one such path.

Why Learn His-Story, Her-Story, Your-Story, My-Story?

Why Learn His-Story, Her-Story, Your-Story, My-Story?

Article by Peter Hill

Recently, I was sorting through some old family photos. Most are uncaptioned in terms of people, places, events and dates and so I found myself asking questions of them in order to try to clarify their content and significance.

Daily Reflection and Prayer App to Support You During Year of Mercy

Daily Reflection and Prayer App to Support You During Year of Mercy

Article by Alyssa Faith

Mercy-ing is a new free app developed for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Keeping Our Spirits Bright

Keeping Our Spirits Bright

Article by Tracey Edstein

This story, remarkable for its honesty and insight, remains anonymous at the request of the writer.

The Rich Legacy of Pope Francis

The Rich Legacy of Pope Francis

Article by Gerald O'Collins, SJ, AC

This month’s “The Catholic Thing” acknowledges the third anniversary of the papacy of Pope Francis, a man who embodies ‘the Catholic thing’ in word and deed.

Two Stories, Two Defeats, One Resurrection

Two Stories, Two Defeats, One Resurrection

Article by Dom Carrigan CSsR

A cartoon once showed two bored Roman soldiers standing guard with upright spears. Between them was the lower part of a crucified figure. One soldier said to the other, “Nothing ever really happens around here”!

The Way We Were: Influence of Sisters of Mercy Endures

The Way We Were: Influence of Sisters of Mercy Endures

Article by Des O'Hearn

I began my education with the Sisters of Mercy at St Patrick’s, Millers Forest, in first class, there being no pre-school or kindergarten.

CatholicCare Offers Practical Support for Separating Families

CatholicCare Offers Practical Support for Separating Families

Article by Anjali Rastogi

The emotional toll for separating families is high. The process becomes increasingly complicated when trying to negotiate future arrangements for children and their parents. There are people who can help.

Look to the Present with Passion*

Look to the Present with Passion*

Article by John Murray

I’m standing here at Groves House and surfacing in my memory are snatches of a conversation from some years ago between my wife and Sister Jane Frances Schumacher rsj who was formerly her principal at St Anne’s High School, Adamstown.

Community Promotes "Conversations About Catholics"

Community Promotes "Conversations About Catholics"

Article by Tracey Edstein

For a second year the parish and school communities of St John Vianney, Morisset, have participated in the “Conversations about Catholics” program during the first four weeks of Lent, coinciding with the beginning of term.  

How Much Rain Did You Get?

How Much Rain Did You Get?

Article by Lesley Nixon

Lesley Nixon shares something of her Upper Hunter life.

CareTalk: Good Leadership Begins With Me

CareTalk: Good Leadership Begins With Me

Article by Tanya Russell

Q I’m a new manager in a fairly large organisation and I’ve taken on a team that seems to be in constant conflict. I am sure the members have the skills to communicate better with each other, but I feel I need to begin with myself and work out the skills I need as a manager in order to help them. Where do I start?

Sanctuary of the Church

Sanctuary of the Church

Article by Bishop Bill Wright

It is a Sunday in late July of the year 399 and you have gathered with a vast crowd in Hagia Sophia, the great church of Constantinople, to see a spectacle. And there he is!

A Refugee's Story: Just Being Kept Alive Is Not a Life

A Refugee's Story: Just Being Kept Alive Is Not a Life

Article by John Sandy

My name is John Sandy. I came from Sierra Leone to Australia, as a refugee, in 2011. As a result of the conflict in my country, I was separated from my family, including my wife, for over 12 years. 

Making the Most of the Journey That is School

Making the Most of the Journey That is School

Article by Cath Garrett-Jones

As Term 1 proceeds, Parent Liaison and Resources Officer, Cath Garrett-Jones, offers answers to some questions commonly asked by parents and carers.

Gospel Brutality Reborn In Our Harrowing of Refugee Children

Gospel Brutality Reborn In Our Harrowing of Refugee Children

Article by Andrew Hamilton sj

Consulting editor of Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton sj, places current issues concerning detainees in a wider perspective.

AURORA EXTRA: The iPod Man and the Churchman

AURORA EXTRA: The iPod Man and the Churchman

Article by Mel Nelson

L’Arche (The Ark) supports in community people living with intellectual disability. Enjoy this story of the difference L’Arche can make. You can learn more about L’Arche by attending a gathering on 30 April in Newcastle.

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