|Mission Possible - 21 March 2014|
Conference for mission leaders
Mr John Clarke and Ms Deb Langford recently represented Lourdes Hill at the Good Samaritan Education (GSE) conference for leaders of mission at Mt St Benedict’s in Sydney.
Mr Clarke said that it was a wonderful opportunity to listen to quality presenters, network with like-minded colleagues and ensure that the College’s planning was consistent with the charism.
Therese D'Orsa, one of Australia's foremost missiologists (specialists in mission), was the conference’s main presenter and invited all attendees to consider their roles as leaders of mission during what she described as a “liminal period in history”.
She explained that the makeup of Catholic schools is changing, with far fewer religious families and growing secularism.
Meanwhile, the popularity of Catholic education is growing.
She asked the audience to consider how they can remain true to their mission (to proclaim and make real the love of Jesus) whilst embracing the opportunities provided by this new context.
At Lourdes Hill College, mission is a top priority, demonstrated through a number of programs, including social justice and outreach opportunities, immersion experiences and our commitment to life-giving prayer and liturgy.
Mr Clarke and Ms Langford said that it was an inspiring conference and reaffirmed that Lourdes Hill’s commitment to faith and mission is one of its most enduring strengths.