Notre Dame student convenes Catholic Education event in Darwin

29 September 2021

Five hundred staff members from urban Darwin diocesan Catholic schools, leaders from Aboriginal Catholic Community Schools, and St Joseph’s, Katherine, gathered for the Catholic identity formation day.

After a prayerful liturgy to acknowledge the story of Creation and 200 years of Catholic Education, Darwin Bishop Charles Gauci welcomed participants to the theme for the day.

Jacqui Rémond, co-coordinator of the Ecology Taskforce at the Vatican COVID-19 Commission and co-founder of the Laudato Si’ Movement, led a process to enable participants to identify the 10 imperatives of Laudato Si’ before leading a panel of staff members.

Ms Rémond facilitated a dialogue with Troy Garling and Yasmina Day (representing Aboriginal islander Education Workers); Lisa Le Gros (education Officer for early years in NT) and Nikita Jason, an Aboriginal woman and primary school teacher. The Laudato Si’ imperatives were grounded in their stories of ecological conversion through country, place and their work in leading both staff and students in celebrating care for our common home.

The Xavier College Tiwi Teaching Team, Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island), shared their “long cry” as the reality in which they live and educate on Tiwi.

Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungermarr-Baumann, led participants to contemplate the Dadirri experience of “deep speaking to deep”, identifying Christ in the Gospel of Creation.

Catholic Education director Greg O’Mullane launched the “Being Christ Centred Leadership Framework” as a process upon which all Northern Territory Catholic schools and workplaces are invited to develop their Laudato Si’ Platform Action Plan.

First published in CathNews, read the full release here.

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