Catholic Bishops Conference Piece on Me
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference created a digital resource to encourage Catholics and I was lucky to be invited to participate.
“Donna Power is a Brisbane-based independent retreat facilitator and musician. She aims to cultivate positive identity, grounded confidence, healthy relationships, servant leadership and Christian values and spirituality. Donna is the founder of Experience Wellbeing, a business set up to support young people and their wellbeing.”
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: “Stirring Hearts” Video Resource visit Stirring Hearts online book
I took part in this special project of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in response to Pope Francis’ “World Communication Day” call for evangelisation through digital media.
“We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert. To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.” (An excerpt From the Vatican, 24 January 2014, the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales.
Stirring Hearts Video Interviews and Resources
“At the heart of our communications is an experience of encounter, an experience that stirs our hearts. On this year’s 48th World Communications Day, celebrated on 25 May 2014, the Catholic Church in Australia will celebrate the stories of twelve individuals from dioceses across this Great South land of the Holy Spirit.
Each story, through a method of digital storytelling, is unique, blessed, and oftentimes a challenging story of life and faith. The stories are of women and men, lay and religious, young and old, ordinary and at the same time extraordinary, who share their joys, their sorrows and their struggles. They share pain and they share triumphs. Most importantly, they share of an encounter with Christ. Each story is told using digital media, as we embrace our online communication technologies and social media to spread our good news stories “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter is the 2014 theme promulgated by the Holy Father Pope Francis for this 48th World Communications Day. In his annual World Communications Day message, Pope Francis focuses on the person of Jesus Christ, and how communications can channel that relationship in many and diverse ways.
Stirring Hearts is a resource that we hope can be used in parishes, schools, young adult groups, agencies and organisations to reflect on the theme of World Communications Day 2014. It is a response to the Holy Father’s Message, which speaks of social networks as one way to experience the call to discover the beauty of faith and the beauty of encountering Christ. Pope Francis expressly says that in the area of communications “we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts”.
Further information about the Stirring Hearts project, please contact the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6201 9841.”