Spirituality Evening

You are warmly invited to join us for this, the first of our Spirituality Evenings for 2016.

The Call to Mercy

Pope Francis has declared this year the Holy Year of Mercy. His call for mercy is fitting. We need messages of grace, peace and joy in a time where images of the horrific and the inexplicable seem all too familiar. Pausing to reflect on mercy, and our invitation to be people who grant mercy to others, takes us into the chaos and messiness of others’ lives, those both far and near.  The Pope’s announcement calls us, as faithful people, to stand with all people. Indeed, this is at the heart of the mission of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the fifth of the 5 Calls which direct the lives and  actions of all who are part of the IBVM mission.

On International Women’s Day Loreto Normanhurst stands with all women. As an institution dedicated to the empowerment and education of young women we have decided to champion the voice of Malala Yousafzai. Recognising the absolute privilege enjoyed by our young women who freely pursue their hopes and dreams each day we are responding to the Pope’s call for mercy by hosting a screening followed by a panel discussion that puts the messiness of other people’s lives firmly in our sights.

He Named me Malala

He Named me Malala is a powerful documentary exploring both the well-publicised attack on Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban and her subsequent agitation for women’s education. It is also thought provoking examination of her status as a refugee in the United Kingdom and as such speaks to the current refugee crisis faced by hundreds of thousands of refugees worldwide.

As we, everyday people are called to do God’s merciful work this year we might draw inspiration from the documentary’s powerful and humanizing story – while Malala’s story is extraordinary she is an ordinary girl with ordinary hopes, fears and desires. The documentary highlights the inspirational balance between her age and wisdom by juxtaposing aspects of her everyday life with her tireless advocacy for women’s rights and women’s education. The fact that one child could spark national and even international debate is a message we ought to hear.


Date: Tuesday 8 March 2016

Venue: Loreto Normanhurst, undercroft for drinks and canapes before hand, screening in the Curran Theatre

Time: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

6:00pm start for drinks

6:30pm screening (film runs for 1.5 hours)

Panel discussion afterwards

9:00pm conclusion


Ms Kerry McCullough  kkmccullough@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Alicia Maunsell  amaunsell@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


The Panel:

Shivani Reddy

Panel to be chaired by Shivani,  Loreto Normanhurst Communications Captain.

Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM

A Loreto sister, Libby recently completed her role as Executive Officer of Mary Ward International Australia – the Loreto Sisters’ aid, development and volunteer organisation. From 1999 – 2009 Sr Libby was Coordinator of Social Justice and Director of Caritas in the Diocese of Parramatta. During this period she had considerable involvement in work with refugees and asylum seekers and was one of the founders of the House of Welcome, providing support, referral and emergency accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers. Libby chaired the Board of the House of Welcome for some years. Libby is a member of the CLRI NSW Justice Committee, member of St Francis Social Services Board, Deputy Chair Loreto Normanhurst School Council, Board member of CentaCare (Wilcannia-Forbes) and a member of the Loreto Sisters Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee.

Rachel Parsons

Loreto Normanhurst Social Justice Captain

Ambreen Shah

Work to Welcome