During this past wet week, I trust you have taken time to reflect on the Mission and Outreach section of our contemplative dialogue – Building the Kingdom of God Together – Our Journey, in preparation for our diocesan synod.
I trust you continue to be inspired by the Lenten contemplative dialogue program, which has been created to assist all of us in preparing for our diocesan synod on Saturday 22 May. If you open this message on Tuesday 16 March, there remains 100 days before we gather for Session Two of our Synod.
I am writing this message on the eve of International Women’s Day, having attended Mass for this occasion at the Cathedral this morning which involved listening to the reflection given by Dr Anne Millard. It was good to hear the feminine voice/context reflect on the scriptures and the experiences of life.
The end of summer, the beginning of March and this is my first message for the year. Some of you may be wondering where I have been since the beginning of February. I have been fulfilling my role as mother and grandmother. One of our daughters, Angela, gave birth to Levi Arnold on 15 January.
Here is my last message for this year, a year that has challenged us in ways we could not have conceived a year ago. I am very conscious of how weary people are feeling, and hoping and praying that the year ahead will see a reprieve from the pandemic.