Convocation 2020

Delivered online during the season of creation, September 2020

Catholic Earthcare is a place and platform where the many, diverse voices within our church community come together, in dialogue, to help and co-create our shared future. We designed this significant church event with a wide audience in mind.

(1). formation’  sessions look at the theological and moral imperative to care for our common home

(2). foundation’ explores the financial, economic, political and social spheres in which influence our common home, and;

(3). ‘action’ explores the transformative ways in which we can realise the need to care for creation. 

Sessions were designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences: eco-warriors, theologians interested in the spheres of our world across which sustainability operates, faith-inspired youth, and those wanting to answer our call for action – to care for creation. Most importantly we had specialist sessions in finance and economics, designed to help us create real change across our church and our community. 

Just some of our guest speakers

Prof Ross Garnaut
Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions, and is the current Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ross holds a degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Australian National University (2009) and a Doctor of Science in Economics, honoris causa, from the University of Sydney (2013). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia.

Tim Buckley
Director, IEEFA

Director Energy Finance Studies, Australia/South Asia, Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, specializing in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and managing director of Arkx Investment Management. Tim is currently studying the transformation of Indian and Asian electricity, and the resulting stranded asset risks for Australian coal exports.

Bishop Vincent Long
Bishop of Parramatta Diocese and Chair

Bishop Vincent Long was born in 1961 in Dong Nai in Vietnam. In 1984, he became a professed Conventual Franciscan friar (OFM Conv) and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, before undertaking a licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure following ordination (1989). He was appointed the Bishop of Parramatta in 2016. Bishop Long is the Delegate for Migrants and Refugees and is Chair of Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

Dr Trish Hindmarsh
Educational Administrator and Consultant

Trish Hindmarsh is a retired teacher and educational leader who worked in Catholic Education in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Trish has a lively interest in justice, peace and ecology and is a member of the Catholic Earthcare Australia Advisory Committee. Her doctoral studies relate to education for sustainability within Catholic school settings. Trish continues to be active in Catholic education, in mentoring and staff formation, theology and educational leadership.

Dr Peter Saunders
Coordinator Being with God in Nature, Campion Spirituality

Dr Peter Saunders is a spiritual director and a keen bush walker. Peter has a great interest in inviting people into the experience of God’s presence in Nature, coordinating the Being with God in Nature ministry for Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia and underpinned by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. The Being with God in Nature ministry invites people into that contemplative place in their heart, where they can encounter the Presence that is God in Nature, leading to “ecological conversion” and reconciliation with Creation.

Sherry Balcombe
Coordinator, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria (ACMV)

Sherry is a proud Western Yalanji, Djabaguy / Okola woman from Far North Queensland, born on Wurrundjeri Country. Sherry has worked with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria for more than 12 years, and previously in welfare and foster care with the Victoria Aboriginal Child Care Agency. Sherry is passionate justice issues, and strives at the ACMV ministry to continue to fight for Justice for all Aboriginal People.

David Hutton
Chair of ACSRF, Educational Consultant, and Former Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education

David Hutton has experience as an educator and administrator in state, religious institute and diocesan Catholic schools. He holds bachelor degrees in commerce, education (UQ) and theology (MCD), and a Masters in Educational Administration (UNE). He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His professional interests are in the areas of leadership, policy, governance, organisational development, theology and spirituality. David was awarded an OAM in 2012.

Dr. Bronwyn Lay
Jesuit Social Services and RMIT University

Dr. Bronwyn Lay is the Coordinator of Ecological Justice for Jesuit Social Services and the Climate Change Exchange at RMIT University. With a background in criminal and family law she completed her PhD on international land governance and environmental law at the European Graduate School in 2014. She subsequently worked as a legal consultant for international NGO’s and expert organisations on environmental crime, was the Director of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security in Geneva and is published in a wide variety of forums on the subject of ecological justice.

Louise Bradshaw
CSG Investment Officer, Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund

Louise is a highly experience funds manager who has held senior level asset management roles in Australia, New York City and London, including fund Eaton Vance and now, ACSRF. Louise has a personal and professional interests and ongoing education in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) arena. 

Michael Block
Chief Investment Officer, ACSRF

Michael Block has been involved in the financial services sector in Australia for 40 years. He has held a diverse range of positions in investment banking, government and funds management. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Australian Catholic Super, a $10 billion industry superannuation fund.
Michael has undergraduate qualifications in law, accounting, finance and philosophy and postgraduate qualifications in law, applied finance, economic history and economics.

Kirsty Robertson
CEO Caritas Australia

Kirsty Robertson, an experienced leader of Catholic ministries and not-for-profit organisations.
Kirsty was CEO of Mary MacKillop Today, an organisation carrying on the work of Australia’s first saint with projects in Australia and overseas, including in Timor-Leste, in a range of areas including education, no- and low-interest loans and First Nations community development.

Dr Sandie Cornish
Office for Social Justice, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Dr Sandie Cornish is a practitioner in the field of Catholic Social Teaching. She works with the Office for Social Justice and in private practice as a consultant. Sandie is also sessional lecturer with the Australian Catholic University. She has been Director of Quality and Community Engagement for the Sydney College of Divinity, Province Director of Mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand. 

Resources from the Convocation

Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti

Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti Fratelli tutti (All Brothers) is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled of “on fraternity and social friendship”. In the document, Francis states that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the failure of the world to

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Encyclical: Laudato Si’

Encyclical: Laudato Si’ Laudato si’ (Praise Be to You) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental

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Four Directions Body Prayer

Four Directions Body Prayer Our Chairs for Sessions 1 and 2 – Margie Abbott RSM and Sally Neaves – are hosting this wonderful series of prayer days during the Season

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Jubilee for the Earth

Jubilee for the Earth A resource developed by Sally Neaves, host of our Session 2. This series of rituals have been prepared for each of the 5 themes of Season

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Uniting Earth Climate Conference 2020

Uniting Earth Climate Pastoral Conference View the recording of the Conference here:: We recommend checking out keynote speakers including Rebecca Huntley (climate change activist and academic) as well as

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Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes

Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes – Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’ Panellist Bronwyn Ley has kindly shared her speaking notes to distribute through the Convocation. We’ve

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Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’

Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’, as mentioned in Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’. From: ‘The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a

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Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan

Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Duncan.SJ Statement 2017-18. SUMMARY  of: Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Bruce Duncan, Zoom session

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Earthcare Youth Bingo Challenge!

Thank you to our amazing speakers and panellists for joining us for our International Youth Conversation today. Our amazing Earthcare Leaders Vienna and Alyssa have designed the bingo challenge below.

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The Convocation was made possible with the generous sponsorship of the Australian Catholic Superannuation Retirement Fund, and our program host, Caritas Australia.