We are a pilgrim Church, walking together on the way of Christ, who is bringing every part of our lives—indeed all of creation—to completion and wholeness. As we walk, we do so with Christ and towards Christ. This is what it means to be a synodal Church.

This week it was announced that the Australian synthesis for the global Synod of Bishops has been released, drawing together themes and insights from the reports put together by dioceses from around Australia. Each country has put together their own national synthesis, and Australia’s expresses a strong, widespread desire for a more missionary Church.

We talk with Fr Andy Hamilton SJ—about his lifelong love of nature, his commitment to refugees, and his work as a poet and writer, and how they have shaped his unique contribution to the mission of the Church in Melbourne over many years.

And in the wake of Vocations Awareness Week, we still have many stories to share about the joy of discerning and following God’s call. We hear from Fr Joel Peart this week, Assistant Priest at St Catherine of Siena Parish and one of seven vocations promoters across the Archdiocese. He shares what a wonderful and blessed thing it is to be a priest and to embrace the particular calling God has for each one of us.

In a noisy and fast-paced world, learning to slow down and enter more deeply into relationship with Jesus can sometimes be tricky. So this week we begin an exploration of the challenges the modern world might pose to listening attentively to God's call, and what practically we might do to discern Gods call on our lives more clearly.

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Australian synthesis for global Synod of Bishops published
Written by: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
In the recently published Australian synthesis for the global Synod on Synodality, Catholics in Australia have expressed a need for a Church that is missionary and a Eucharistic community that is inclusive. The Australian synthesis has emerged from a nine-month process that began in October 2021 and draws from the diocesan consultation phase for the Synod of Bishops.
‘A wonderful, blessed vocation’: Fr Joel Peart
Written by: Fiona Basile
Fr Joel Peart is Assistant Priest at St Catherine of Siena Parish in Caroline Springs and one of seven vocations promoters across the Archdiocese charged with the mission of promoting and facilitating the call to priesthood and religious life. He says being a priest was the ‘best way he could give glory to God’.
Modern challenges to discernment and their remedies: Part 1
What are the challenges to discerning the will of God in the modern era? And what might be the remedies? This is the first in a two-part series in which we talk with some people who have thought deeply about these important questions—questions that get to the heart of Christian spirituality.
Andy Hamilton SJ, poet, writer and lover of nature
Written by: Fiona Basile
Andy Hamilton is a Jesuit priest who, at 83 years, has seen and experienced a lot. But it is time spent in nature that most grounds him and provides ‘the base line’ for all other events that take place in his life, including his relationship with God. His relationships, particularly with refugees, are also central to how he makes sense of the world, especially through his poetry and writing.
‘If you’re going to know the will of God, you have to ask him and talk to him and have him speak to your heart, particularly in those quiet moments.’
Fr Joel Peart
on the centrality of prayer in the process of discernment
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