Mary Ward Justice Forum

Mary Ward Justice Forum

You are invited to attend the Mary Ward Justice Forum 2016 “Humans, God , Nature: Creative Collaboration or Fight to the Death?”.

The Loreto Sisters are deeply concerned at current disturbing developments in our society – the constant erosion of human rights; the use of fear to create antagonism to those seeking asylum; racism; and the “blame the victim mentality” in regard to the people who are economically disadvantaged and on the margins of society, especially the Indigenous community and assaults on the planet. We have a particular concern to support women, Indigenous people and asylum seekers and to work for their rights.  Holding an annual social justice lecture or forum is one of the ways we can contribute to a conversation about our society, its values and what really matters

The inaugural Mary Ward Justice Lecture was held at Loreto College Kirribilli with Sharan Burrow as the key note speaker.  About 300 people attended.  Since then we have alternated the lecture between Normanhurst and Kirribilli and hosted a variety of “conversations”: between Linda Burney and Fred Chaney on Making Indigenous Poverty History, with Jenny Brockie in the Chair; Frank Brennan, Attracta Lagan and Simon Longstaff tackled issues associated with ethics and justice under the title Public Virtue, Private Vice and Maxine McKew, Craig Reucassel and Margo O’Neill commented on the media and social justice under the title Making a Noise, Making a Difference.  In 2009 and 2012, we invited international speakers who spoke about Education and Justice and the phenomena of the Global Movement of People. In 2013 we focused on Indigenous Recognition, 2014 on Human Trafficking with Paul Bongiorno as Chair and last year on Youth Homelessness.

This year in response to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si  and the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change Loreto Normanhurst is hosting an evening on “Humans, God, Nature: Creative Collaboration or Fight to the Death?”  with Elizabeth Farrelly (columnist SMH, The Age), Phil Glendenning (Dir. Edmund Rice Centre, President  Refugee Council) and Julie Edwards (CEO Jesuit Social Services).

TIME: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

RSVP: By Friday 21 October 2016


Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM