We are believers
who are attempting
a forum for conversation
within the Catholic Church
Our aim is to prompt
among the community
mindful of the diversity
of expressions of faith
in contemporary Australia.
This springs explicitly
from the spirit of
Pope John XXIII
and Vatican II:
"Let there be unity
in what is necessary,
what is unsettled,
in any case."
(Gaudium et Spes, n.92)
THE GRANGE HOTEL CNR: RENWICK ST & PACIFIC HIGHWAY WYOMING
7:30pm - 9.00pm 1st Tuesday of the month March - October
2nd Tues in November
BISTRO MEALS from 5.30
For more information, please see any of the SIP Committee for 2017:
Carol Bailey, Terry Cooke, Maryke Keulemans, Grahame Lesha, Denise Sims and Tony Voller
Terry Cooke 43654502
Carol Bailey 43230003
Theme for 2017: My Spirituality: “Influences Along the Way”
Petrea Lambert: Eldest of 8, a TV Producer & volunteer organiser for service projects abroad and in Australia, Petrea ran an indigenous women's centre in the Simpson Desert (3yrs) and worked as a photographic & TV show producer for 12 years. Now back in Sydney she has made numerous reality shows like Masterchef and Biggest Loser. Petrea enjoys inspiring others with her travels organising volunteer projects each year.
Father Roger Zohrab: Born a New Zealander, Roger moved to Sydney in the 1960's. Influenced by the chaplain at The Armidale School, he was ordained in 1983, serving in both city and country parishes and school chaplaincy. A grandfather, he has undertaken graduate study and is currently the Anglican Chaplain and Pastoral Care Coordinator at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle.
Ruth Myors: Trained as a nurse/midwife following Bible College Ruth worked in a Somali Mission Hospital from 1960. Political changes caused several moves, but Ruth always worked with the Somali people until returning home permanently in 1983. Qualifying as a psychologist, Ruth was employed as a support to Christian workers in a wide variety of ministries.
Judyth Roberts: As the Intergen Leadership Developer with the SA Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia, Judyth works to identify and train leaders of all ages. She was previously the Messy Church Ministries Consultant for the VCCE (Victorian Council of Christian Education) with a focus on strategic training with churches in Australia.
Sarah Tolmie: A holistic celebrant for all life and love celebrations and a Coach for life and love transitions, Sarah is also a Master NLP Coach, Therapist, Consultant, and a Pastoral Care Practitioner helping families through grief and loss, as well as coping with illness, dying and death.
Daniel Widdowson: Artistic Director of Salt House Theatre Co., and on the pastoral care team at Coast Community Church, Daniel previously presented on Hope Radio, TVN1 and network 7. A member of the Australian Writers Guild, Daniel has won awards and produced documentaries. Daniel is pursuing doctoral studies in the correlation of Theology and the Arts.
Peta Lilburne: Born in South Africa – a land of extremes and great physical beauty – to liberal parents who were fiercely anti-religion, Peta became a Christian at age 12. Peta maintains, through times of faith, anger and despair, that even if there is no God, the Christian journey will have been well worth it.
Chris Firmstone: A retired lawyer, cradle Catholic and former seminarian, Chris spiritually transformed in middle age after encountering St Teresa’s writings, especially Interior Castle. Carmelite spirituality has since been his guiding light as he strives to have Jesus as his most intimate Friend and Inner Master.
Peter Murphy: Trained as a high school teacher, Peter has worked for an inter-denominational association of Christian churches in north-west Sydney for the past 17 years, teaching Christian Studies in a local state high school that is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and religiously-diverse.
John Sheehan: A Catholic married with six children, and a semi-retired Chartered Accountant, John has been a dedicated practitioner of Christian meditation for over 30 years. A teacher of Tai Chi & Qi Gong he also has a passionate interest in music and is currently learning to play the Cello. Music and meditation continues to have a strong influence on his spiritual journey.
Darryl Neve: Born in NZ to a committed Christian family where he imbibed a deep love of Christ, Darryl became a Baha’i at age 18. Moving to Australia he worked in aged care before resuming his full-time occupation as a broad-ranging musician. Married with 3 boys, Darryl has 6 granddaughters.
Sally Longley: An experienced spiritual director and retreat leader with extensive cross-cultural experience, Sally is Hon Pastoral Carer in her church, qualified in Theology and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and retreats of all denominations. Her publications include Walking the Labyrinth as the Beloved in John's Gospel, and Christian Meditation: 5 Ways to Pray.
Father Jim McKeon: A local boy, Father Jim was ordained in 1999 and has served in six parishes on the Coast and North Sydney. Currently pastor of Holy Cross, Kincumber, Jim is working to create a welcoming, evangelizing, worshipful and serving parish. Jim is studying Ignatian spirituality and hikes mountains whenever possible.
Kerry Baldwin: Born into a poor but loving family, Kerry spent 8 years in an orphanage, then life within a foster family. Teacher trained he has 48 years teaching experience - from kindy to uni. Lecturer, senior education consultant, Principal & Supervisor of 2 regions. With close family and friends, his inner soul & deepening spirituality are his guide posts.
Daniel Ang - On Thomas Merton’s Spirituality: Director of the Office for Evangelisation in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, Daniel holds a Master of Divinity from the Sydney College of Divinity and came to faith through the experience of parish life and the writings of Thomas Merton. He is a married layman with two children.
David Patterson: Initially a real estate agent, David became a school teacher of religion and taught in the USA. Later positions include Learning Facilitation Officer for St V de P Society (NSW), and Manager of Youth & Education Services with Australian Red Cross (NSW). Currently David is Coordinator of “Catholic Life & Faith Formation” for Broken Bay Diocese.
Rev Neil Smith: An ordained minister of the Uniting Church with an interest in interfaith relations and cooperation, Neil has an 8 year relationship with members of the Newcastle Mosque and a close personal friendship with Imam Sheik Khamis.
Sheik Mohamed Khamis: Educated in Alexandria, Egypt, Sheik Khamis came to
Australia in 2008 as Imam at the Newcastle Mosque and is on the Executive of the Imams Council of NSW.