I hope you have had a restful, blessed and safe Easter!

There has been some metaphorical dying and rising going on right on my doorstep. Is it true for you too?

The Leadership for Mission program is going well! See the media release below concerning the most recent residential session. Further good news for this program is that Sr Ruth Durick will take up the coordination role in June.

I have also included an essay written by one of the participants in Leadership for Mission, Erin Gillard from Oran Park, about Mary Magdalene. I hope to be able to use more writings from these outstanding young women in the future. Please start thinking about young women who will might be potential candidates for Leadership for Mission. Applications will open in June and close in October for the new program, which will run 2020-2021.

Kudos to Maitland- Newcastle Council for Women, which continues to flourish. See the article about the Magdalene Award, an annual event, and the current award winners.

I will introduce new members of the Council for Australian Catholic Women in the next issue. We welcome Michael Morrissey from Geraldton as our new Bishop Delegate. The Council, as part of the restructure of the Bishops Conference, is now part of the Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, chaired by Archbishop Christopher Prowse.

A local author Judith Scully, is featured in our resources section.

See the special report from Madeleine Banister on her participation, on behalf of Catholic Women’s League, in the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

And meet Anne Gallagher, President of the International Catholic Migration Commission.