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Prophetic Australian Catholic women: questions and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  25 April 2018

Glass bead rosary - flickr.comRead the article ‘Prophetic Australian Catholic women’ in the Australian Catholics Autumn 2018 edition and answer the following questions.

Share your answers in pairs and groups.

Questions

All three women were living examples of people who combine faith with good works. Compare the Catholic teaching on faith and good works with that of other Christian faiths.

How did Caroline Chisholm support immigrants?

What difficulties did she face?

What sort of work did Irene McCormack do in Peru?

Why did she become a target of guerrillas?

Do you see similarities between Irene and Sr Patricia Anne Fox who has been ordered to leave The Phillippines?

The official process to make Eileen O’Connor a saint has begun. What is the process?

How did Eileen O’Connor demonstrate her devotion to Our Lady?

Activities

Think of other inspirational women in the Church. What makes them and their work special? It can be women from the early church to modern day church leaders. Write a short report on her life and why you chose her.

Discuss what makes a good leader. Write a position description of what you would require in a leader.

As May is the month of Mary, perhaps include The Rosary in your prayers. You could even begin by making your own set of Rosary beads. Numerous patterns and instructions are available on YouTube.

For younger students

Teachers read or summarise the article, ‘Prophetic Australian Catholic women’. Talk with the students about practical ways they can help others.

Eileen O’Connor had a devotion to Our Lady. Talk to the students about how May is the month of Mary. What ways can they think of to celebrate the month?

Ask the students to make a Mother’s Day card for their mother and one for another significant woman in their lives – grandmother, teacher or Our Lady. How do these women inspire them?

Image: Glass bead five-decade rosary – Karen Frazier, flickr.com

 

Topic tags: womensspirituality, vocationsandlifechoices, thecatholictradition

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