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A podcast that showcases preaching by Christian women from across all denominations, relevant to contemporary Australian life. We model the Church we want to be: inclusive, diverse and welcoming. An initiative of WATAC (Women and the Australian Church) and the Grail in Australia. This podcast is produced by Louise Maher. The music on this podcast has been created by theologian, musician, songwriter, and teacher Danielle Anne Lynch. You can listen to more of Danielle’s music on Spotify, iTune ...
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Holy Trinity - Matthew 28:16-20 Dr Cristina Lledo-Gomez is a Filipina-Australian living and working on the lands of the Dharrug and Guringai peoples. She is mother to Sophia and Julian, and wife to Adrian. She is a Senior Lecturer in Catholic Systematic Theology and holds the Presentation Sisters Lectureship Chair at BBI-The Australian Institute of…
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Feast of Pentecost - John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 OR John 20:19-23Mel Williams is an Ursuline sister who is at present working in Brisbane. She has also worked in Sydney, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, and Rome. She is a teacher, counsellor, and spiritual director and her time in Maroochydore was as pastoral associate. Much of Mel’s work has been within the U…
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Ascension of the Lord - Mark 16:15-20 In a career spanning over 25 years, Sharon has gained extensive experience in the education sector, both in independent and Catholic secondary and primary schools in the United Kingdom, Tanzania and Australia with a focus on educational leadership, Catholic Identity, curriculum innovation and experiential learn…
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Sixth Sunday of Easter - John 15:9-17 Ann Zubrick is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She has a doctorate: and professional qualifications in speech pathology, lifespan developmental psychology, and ageing and pastoral care. She accompanies older persons living with dementia and mental illness: seeking meaning, in ageing—incl…
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Fifth Sunday of Easter - John 15:1-8 - 'The vine grower and the vine’ Roberta Hamilton is the Anglican Vicar of Yarrawonga, Diocese of Wangaratta. She has previously ministered in both the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Roberta is passionate about the Kingdom of God and its outworking in the lives o…
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Fourth Sunday of Easter - John 10:11-18 Naomi is a trawloolway woman with Jewish German & Irish heritage. She is a proud aunty, sister and daughter along with being a kinship carer. She is a historian and theologian. She works at Australian Catholic University and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community is…
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Third Sunday of Easter - Luke 24:35-48 - "The Resurrection for Transformation" Maureen Gaul currently holds a position with the Identity and Outreach Directorate, Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns, as Leader Formation – Community Engagement. She has been an educator in the Catholic primary school sector throughout her teaching career and has hel…
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Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday - John 20:19-31Tanya Wittwer lives on the lands of the Peramangk people with her songwriter husband, Leigh Newton, two alpacas and four chickens. Their elastic-sided family live within semi-regular Sunday-night-family-meal distance. Sixty-three years ago Tanya perceived herself as being called to pastor…
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Easter Sunday - Mark 16: 1-8 - And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Rev Assoc Prof Kylie Crabbe is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church and Associate Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. She was in congregational ministry pri…
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Palm Sunday - Mark 14:1-15:47Dr Catherine Playoust is a Roman Catholic laywoman and a biblical scholar. She comes from Sydney and lives in Melbourne, where she teaches at Catholic Theological College within the University of Divinity. Catherine’s research interests include early Jewish and Christian apocalypticism and non-canonical early Christian …
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Fifth Sunday of Lent - John 12: 20-33 Alison Ryan has worked with young people for all her working life, first in OOSH care and then in different Parish Ministry positions. And over the years those roles expanded to include adult faith formation. Growing up in the Parramatta Diocese she calls St Anthony’s Parish Toongabbie her home. Now, working fo…
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Fourth Sunday of Lent - John 3:14-21 Born in Carlow, Ireland I had a traditional Irish Roman Catholic up-bringing and education. Having successfully completed an honours Baccalaureate in Arts and Theology (1996) at the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, I continued post-graduate studies in Theology and Biblical Studies at the C…
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3rd Sunday of Lent - John 2:13-25 Anne Frawley-Mangan is an experienced educator, presenter, pastoral worker, creative director and artist. She specialises in using The Arts to enhance liturgy, prayer and religious education. Anne presents, leads and prepares liturgy locally, nationally and internationally, and taught at Holy Spirit Seminary and Au…
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Second Sunday of Lent - Mark 9:2-10 Rev Dr Sarah Agnew, Minister in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is a poet and liturgist, storyteller and biblical scholar. Though her favourite role in life is ‘Aunt Sarah,’ Sarah also takes joy in her placement with the delightful Christ Church Uniting, Wayville, on Kaurna Land, teaching at Uniting College…
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First Sunday of Lent - Mark 1: 12-15 -Proclaiming the Kin-dom of GodElizabeth Dowling is a Sister of Mercy who lives in Ballarat, Victoria. She has a lifelong commitment to education, working in secondary, tertiary and adult education settings. After completing doctoral studies in 2005, Elizabeth lectured in Biblical Studies at Australian Catholic …
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 1:40-45 - Indignant Hearts Rev Dr Megan Powell du Toit is an ordained Baptist minister. She has been preaching for 25 years. She has worked as an editor, academic and pastor. She is currently the Senior Pastor of Rouse Hill Baptist Church in Sydney. She also co-hosts a podcast With All Due Respect with Anglican …
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 1:29-39 Vicky Gonzalez Burrows is a mother of a 1 and 3 year old, with two teenage step children living in Whadjuk Noongar country, Perth Western Australia and is married to Ed. She is the Executive Director of Mission and Ethos at MercyCare which is an early learning, community services and aged care organisati…
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 1:21-28Dawn LaValle Norman is a Senior Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry in Melbourne. She grew up in the US and spent some years in the UK before moving to Australia in 2017. Her research focuses on the role that women play in philosophical conversa…
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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - Mark 1:14-20 Angela has been active in her faith from a young age. From music ministry as a child, to YCS in her youth and with her own ministry business as an adult, Angela has always had a passion to proclaim the Good News of Christ to others, in whatever means available to her, as God has provided. With background…
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - John 1:35-42 In recent years Anne Dowliong discovered that she is autistic and has ADHD which made sense of many of her struggles and ways of being in the world. She delights in being an aunt and great aunt. After many years as a Senior Pastoral Associate and as a Deanery Resource Coordinator Anne is no longer in pa…
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The Epiphany of the Lord - Matthew 2:1-12Trish is a retired teacher and has been a senior leader in Catholic Education in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, most recently as Director of Catholic Education Tasmania. She has a lifelong interest in justice, peace and ecology and in 2022 her book ‘Ecological Spirituality: Caring for our Common Home’ was publi…
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Holy Family - Luke 2:22-40 Marian is married to Michael and has three children and three grandchildren. She is a cradle Anglican whose call to ordained ministry, is associated with her study of Paul’s letters. Marian was a founding member and coordinator of MOW Brisbane and was very engaged in the struggle to change the Anglican church’s attitude t…
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Fourth Sunday of Advent - Luke 1:26-38 Myree Sam is a proud Sui-Baydham woman from Saibai and a proud fluent speaker of Kalaw Kawaw Ya. In her role as a consultant in Catholic Education Services: First Nations Education, Myree has played a pivotal role in providing equitable education opportunities within the Cairns Diocese. Her responsibilities in…
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Third Sunday of Advent - John 1:6-8, 19-28 Anne McLean grew up and was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph in Bathurst. After a time of teaching in the Western suburbs of Sydney, Anne came to Mudgee. She and her late husband, David, cared for and nurtured their 10 children in Mudgee NSW. When their children began school at…
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The Second Sunday of Advent - Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11This podcast varies from our usual preaching pattern because it is written and presented by an Australian woman who is a Jewish Rabbi. She prefers to be unnamed because of the need for personal security at this very difficult time.She speaks about the readings for the Second Sunday of Adv…
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First Sunday of Advent - Mark 13:33-37 Janeka Reys is a proud Gimuy descendant working to nurtureand support young First Nations students at St Stephen’s College, Mareeba. Nadine Grant is an educator and formation consultant in Catholic education, Cairns, and is passionate about using dialogue as a way of promoting respect, inclusivity, andfriendsh…
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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 25: 14-30 - From Synod to Service: Living out the Parables of TalentsTessie Ida James is a devoted and engaged member of the St. Luke's Catholic Faith Community in Marsden Park. In her role as an educator and Inquiry Leader for Religious Education (RE), she caters to the needs of students in Stages 3 and 4 at …
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32nd Sunday in ordinary Time - Matthew 25: 1-13 Selina is the CEO of Harvest Journeys Australia, a pilgrimage specialist agency dedicated to sacred journeys of faith. Selina has worked in communications for the Church for 15 years in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Diocese of Broken Bay. She has returned to Harvest where she began her career buil…
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 23: 1-12 The Rev’d Dr Ann Edwards is the Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of The Gap in Meanjin (Brisbane) Queensland. Ann serves as the Vice President of the Movement for the Ordination of Women and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. Prior to ordination, Ann was a Lecturer in Speech Pathology at Aust…
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30th Sunday in ordinary Time - Matthew 22: 34-40Nicki Bowles is the Prayer Pastor at Riverview Church, a large, contemporary community of Jesus-followers in Perth Western Australia. She is committed to helping people connect with God in deeper ways and walk their spiritual journeys in freedom. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from Vose Semi…
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29 Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 22:15-21 For over 20 years Pina has been a senior leader in Catholic Education WA where she coordinates religious education in parishes. She contributes to organisational initiatives which include the formation of system leaders; and relishes the privilege of offering adult faith formation, retreats and personal…
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 22:1-14 With over 25 years of leadership experience, Padmi is an accomplished HR executive and has steered organisations across healthcare, community services, and professional consulting. Holding a Bachelor's in Economics and Prosci certification in change management, her expertise includes nurturing inclusiv…
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 21: 33-43Carey Anne Moylan grew up in Sydney and was educated by the Mercy Sisters at Spiritus Sanctus, North Ryde and Monte Sant Angelo in North Sydney. She studied at Sydney University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, and a Diploma and later, a Master of Education. She taught for the NSW state education departm…
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 21: 28-32 Jo Curran writes: I am a Primary School teacher with a passion for nurturing young minds. With a career spanning over three decades, I embarked on my teaching journey in 1989 in Brisbane Catholic Education schools, particularly in lower primary. A guiding principle of mine is to bring a relat…
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Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 20: 1-16aHonorary Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn is a medical graduate who retired in 2019 from the University of Melbourne Medical School where she was involved in student selection and developing and implementing curricula for palliative care, clinical communications and professional behaviour. Un…
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 18:21-35 Alice is the coordinator of Caritas Catholic Earthcare, an organisation committed to addressing environmental issues through Catholic social teaching. She holds a Master's degree in theology with a focus in eco-theology, reflecting her passion for the intersection between faith and care for the planet…
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 18:15-20 After a long career in secondary and disability education in QLD and NSW, Janet now lives in retirement in Brisbane. She has post graduate degrees in Education and Theology, has been a long-time member of WATAC and meditator with the WCCM since 2008. Aquinas Academy in Sydney was another valued alma m…
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 16:21-27 Sally is the Integral Ecology Animator and Mission/Ministry Resource Coordinator for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. As part of her role she oversees the Institute’s commitment to the Laudato Si’ Goals, especially eco-spirituality and hands-on climate and biodi…
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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 16:13-20 - An Unshakeable Faith in Christ – Son of the Living God Toni Janke is a Wuthathi, Yadighana and Meriam woman whose family originally come from Cape York and the Torres Strait in north Queensland. Toni currently lives in Meanjin (Brisbane) Queensland where she runs her own consultancy and coaching bus…
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The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 15:21-28 Dr Moira Byrne Garton grew up in rural South Australia. She moved to Adelaide after high school and joined a Catholic youth group where she met Matthew, who she later married. In 2001, they moved to Canberra with their two very small children. Two more were welcomed in Canberra so they now ha…
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time -Matthew 14:22-33 This week we have the privilege of listening deeply to First Nations woman Sherry Balcombe who, using the Gospel as a springboard, shares her hopes for this country we now call Australia, her wisdom around the upcoming referendum, and her work towards creating the first Aboriginal Rite of the Catholic …
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The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Matthew 17:1-9Dr Angela McCarthy is an adjunct senior lecturer in theology at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle campus. Her first degree from Sydney University included work in Biblical Studies and Fine Arts. After time spent rearing a family, Angela resumed secondary teaching and furth…
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 13: 44-52 Catherine Mead rsj (EdD, M.Ed., B.Ed.) is an educator with forty years of ministry in Catholic education across South Australia and the Northern Territory in a variety of roles including that of Teacher, Principal. Board member /Director. Through these roles Catherine has given counsel, mentor…
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 13: 24-30 Content Warning: This episode contains discussion of gendered violence and its impacts on women. This material may be distressing for some people. 1800RESPECT is available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support people impacted by domestic, family or sexual violence. Call 1800 737 732…
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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 13:1-23 - Seeds of Transformation- Cultivating Hearts for Our Common Home Alice is a passionate educator, leader and innovator. She has a passion for ecological education, having worked and studied in this field for over 15 years. Alice has held various system and school leadership positions within Cathol…
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Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 11: 25-30Wendy Goonan is a wife, a mother and a grandmother, and has been an engineer, a bushland manager, and research analyst. Before receiving the call to be a Member of the Fifth Plenary Council in Australia, Wendy also embarked on postgraduate studies in theology alongside seminarians in Sydney, tak…
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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew Matt. 10: 37-42 - One with Christ Frances Maguire RSJ, has been a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart for 60 years. She was born in Kalgoorlie and has lived much of her life in country places in WA, including the East Kimberley where she managed a Spirituality Centre for the Broome Diocese. She has w…
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Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 10: 26-33 - What you hear in the dark…. Content Warning: This episode contains discussion of gendered violence and its impacts on women. This material may be distressing for some people. 1800RESPECT is available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support people impacted by domestic, family or sexual…
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Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - Matthew 9:36 – 10:8Bec Lindsay lives on Gadigal and Bidjigal land in Sydney's South East with her husband and two children. She is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia and worships at Hope Uniting Church in Maroubra. Bec is currently completing a PhD through Flinders University. Her research e…
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