In ‘The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel’ book, twelve Australian leaders from various Catholic ministries, organisations and communities offer valuable insights in response to Pope Francis’ Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. The book provides an excellent opportunity for you, your friends, your family and your colleagues to explore highly relevant topics for the Australian Church and society today in light of Pope Francis’ beautifully written exhortation.
The reflections are broad and deep in their reach across the various sectors and ministries of the Australian Catholic Church. Including topics such as the need for inculturation of Aboriginal culture, the necessity of transforming our parishes to nourish and be nourished by migrant communities, the challenges facing our Catholic health and social services and the profound joy of these ministries, and the role each of us have, young and old, to “go forth boldly” (EG 261) and evangelise joyfully, showing that we are living the joy of the Gospel as missionary disciples.
‘The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel’ book has been developed in such a way that it can be used for reflection, formation and ongoing professional development for those who work and contribute to the organisations, communities, parishes and agencies of our Church. There are stimulus questions at the end of each reflection which you might like to use individually, or can also be helpful in guiding a group discussion at your next gathering.
Fr Stephen Bevans SVD has authored the foreword and writes that “every one of these reflections is a joy born of deep struggle, deep amazement and deep faith commitment.”
03 Mr Peter Gates – Preface
05 Fr Stephen Bevans SVD – Foreword
07 Fr Noel Connolly SSC – A Theology of Leadership for Mission
13 Mr Graeme Mundine – Leadership for Mission with Aboriginal Peoples
19 Ms Sandie Cornish – The Catholic Social Dimension of Evangelisation
25 Ms Julie Morgan Mission – Governance and Executive Leadership
31 Fr Tim Norton SVD – Australian Multi-Cultural Parishes and Our Mission
37 Sr Suzette Clark rsc – New Horizons for Religious Life
43 Mr Martin Teulan – Called to be Missionary Disciples
51 Professor Anne Cummins – The Transformative Power of Education
57 Ms Marcelle Mogg – Encountering God’s Mercy in Health & Aged Care
63 Ms Julie Edwards – Nurturing the Vocational Heart of Social Services
69 Mr Joe Moloney – The Risk of Loving Asylum Seekers
75 Ms Elise Ganley – Church, Young People and the Call to Transform
81 Living Your Mission with Joy
85 Contributing Authors
91 Further Reading