Emeriti Faculty

Dominican Education Conference Notes



2011-09-Sat. 24- Mon. 26 @ Siena College






This conference at Siena College was well organized. It aimed at finding ways of inculcating the Dominican charism in institutions which Dominicans once owned and operated, but which have handed back to the Dioceses or otherwise passed out of our hands. The delegates were to write a Charter which we would all sign as something we could stand behind. Keynote speakers:



Rosemary Prosser (YTU) 2 talks. First gave a standard review of the changes between church of 1950’s and today. Second talk tried to show how our psychology toward church had changed –much more general and open, God was everywhere- but this made it difficult to see why Christ became incarnate and why he had to suffer. We need not to “Reconfessionalise the Church” but rather to “Recontextualize the Church” This is the Leuven project (not the Louvain Univ. project).



Sr. Toni Harris Promotor of Justice and Peace for the Order. 2 talks. Preaching is the charism of the Order and this charism includes justice and peace. She defined justice as the right order of the person, the community, and God, based on the Order of creation. In the second talk she reviewed the membership of the Dominican family, what the social documents of the church were –and that they were over 100 years old, so it was part of the Church’s mission and what Dominicans did around the globe concerning justice and peace.



Mr. Julian Burnside, a non-religious person who did a lot of pro-bono work, a lawyer from 1976 (silks 1989). Senior Council for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa Case gave a detailed rundown of the asylum seekers law in Australia. He also pinpointed injustices and hypocrisy which are less well known. Pointed to the words which are often misused deliberately by politicians, Illegal aliens it is not illegal to enter Australia without papers, Queue jumpers, there are no queues anywhere to jump, people smugglers simply providing a service and not an organized group. In general he felt that asylum seekers should be housed in Australia and mixed in with the community to work and to learn how to be Australians without being damaged in the process.



Deborah Kent cannot remember what she said.



Had a talk promoting fair trade ETIKO Fair Trade, PtyLtd, nick@espoz.com.au. He was given 15-20 minutes to do a slaes campaign. The summery of Catholic education was given 15 minutes and was squeezed



There were about 8 workshops over two days. I attended 4. Missed E. Hellwig and M. Clarke because I knew them too well. I missed Kerry Ang human rights in the classroom and J. Lawson (General for Eastern Doms.) an introduction to the Dom charsm for our teachers new to our schools, and Mr. Conrad Connolly, youth homelessness, because times were incompatible with other workshops I wanted to attend.,



Vicki Walker gave a good talk about aboriginal spirituality.



Ms Frances Kelly gave a description of an immersion process for young people. How small groups from schools can be brought into the culture of another people to understand their problems. Mostly by living with them in the ordinary way –good and detailed.



A Mrs Sarah Hopkins had invented a new musical instrument, used it to make people feel good, message and meditative routines. Nice, light interlude.



Ms Melinda Tankard Reist talk on advertising in Oz raising awareness of the sexualization of earlier and earlier childhood, pornographic adds which abound in our streets, on TV, general coarsening of public space. –very well done.



Vicki Clark: Melbourne Aboriginal heroes, Barak, a Wurunjeri 1824-1903; Wm Cooper 1861-1940 started NAIDOC Day and Week, Sir Douglas Nichols,1906-1976, designed train lines and was a footballer (Carlton and Fitzroy), Wm Onus 1906- AAL Aboriginal Advancement League for self determination, Harold Blair 1924- from Cherbourg, Iris Lovett-Garder 1926 Hospital ASIS; Molly Dyer 1927 from Broadmeadows, “enough’s-enough” campaign against taking children away; Eleanor Harding establish Thornberry; Hyllus Morris 1934, “Women in the Sun” movie, Joan Robinson (Kelly) Vicki’s mother 1939, worked in a factory in Preston making shoes.



More of Prosser’s talk is in my notes



Toni Harris op. 500 year anniversary of Antonio Montesinos collective sermon. Three friars signed it and had Montesinos deliver it. The wellspring of hope. Source of Las Casas stand, Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Justice is to do good to ones neighbour, and to promote the common good. Commemorative justice = in exchanges; distributive justice a society shared equally. Restorative justice that repairs the harm done. Social justice is to promote the common good –to have the right relationship with others. Our Dominican stance CST is rooted in Scripture and Tradition.



Gave a brief rundown of the major documents: Period from 1891-1941,



Benedict XVI is concerned about identity in Catholic society. Rights are parallel with duties, e.g., political rights and food for all. Participation is a right. etc.



She liked Gaudium et Spes 1967 and Paul VI Justice in the World



She also wanted this audience to go beyond direct service to social justice. The latter required study about what services to undertake.



The Immersion workshop is in my notes.



Vici’s second talk



She knew her home which is Lake Mungo. Helped by her Whitehorse friends to produce the film which she just showed. Her mother was a mutha mutha woman from the Mirimbige river district.



Aboriginal spirituality: Human beings we arewere not superior to land or the animals we are all part of creation. The law said that that land was a part of us. With the NT came the revelation that God came with friendship in the person of Christ. I think about my country every day.



Joan Robinson is the name of Vicki mother.



The role of non-aboriginals in reconciliation. Likes the notion of reconciliation Covenant started in the 1990’s for 6 mo. 12 mo. 2 yr.



Spiritual healing



Stolen generation, the massacres



Assimilation, policies ended in 1968



Develop a parallel life and after a while the kids will begin to change.







Toni Harris talk 2



She gave a good review of the international presence of the Order in a world of 6.1 billion people and 192 member states.



6,000 friars



3,000 nuns



25,000 sisters



140,000 laity who have made a public commitment



IDYM Youth movement -100,000 are in Viet Nam- also DV volunteers



For Dominic the Gospel was essential, direct service and social justice.



Marie Pousepin in 1690’s created the first sisters dedicated to social work (Dominican sisters of the Presentation)



She then reviewed Social justice papal documents. Paul VI Justice and Peace



4 priorities: 1981



Promotors of justice and peace



Borders 1986



*Dominican Sisters International, 1995under Margaret Ormann. This was a movement not a juridical body. www.dsiop.org



Makadores There are many factories on the Rio Grande with workers on the Mexican side and general offices on the American side.



Dominican Sisters of Peace 2009



Marie Mayce is our UN delegte from DLC



Kate Clancy gave a good response to Toni’s talk



Julian Burnside talk 2 (had to apologise to Tony Abbott for slight made on UTUBE. )



Basis of human rights. #1 economic justice in work place relations



# 2 Asylum seekers and refugees, already 25% of them are living within the Australian community.






Burnside gave some definitions



Refuges cannot return, whereas asylum seekers can return



By landing in Australia without papers you are not breaking any law. (Hence no illegals)



A queue jumper, there is no queue anywhere.



Being placed in detention is indefinite since no sentence has been passed.



“Off shore processing,” but they will not be allowed to come again.






Prosser Talk 2



Set up a straw man about how we were 50 years ago so we could talk about progress made today. We were opposing modernism (rationalism) then, but today that has passed and we are encountering post modernism (there is no one grand narrative = many religion are telling their story. In our post traditional era we must find a new identity, tell our story from Scriptural basis.



[I am not too sure she understands what post modernism is.



For me after 10:20am she became scattered in her approach



and tried to include too much.]



The bishops are trying to find a way to identity by a Reconfessionalism, but what we need to look for is a new profile as Catholics, and we might better look to a Recontextualization. The truths of faith in a new context. This is the Louven project



We then went off to sign the charter and I said the final prayer.









While there are no just prices, there are just and unjust exchanges, because exchanges involve a relationship which affects A and B but also the position of A and of B in the community as a whole. Exchanges need to be made for the common good.