2017 Focus Goal

This year our focus goal is ‘A personal and active faith in god’. This goal calls us to explore, contemplate, critique and discern our relationship with God, others and the world in which we live. The General Chapter meeting of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 2008, stated the following about their international priority area of contemplation:

We are called to stop, to choose silence and to open and let ourselves be opened to our inner depths where the Spirit of God allows us to feel, see and understand life and reality with God’s Heart… Then in the secret place of the heart, the Spirit gradually transforms our feelings and responses, and draws us into an intimate relationship with God.

The Spirit attunes us to the heartbeat of our people to discover the presence and love of God in everyday life. When we contemplate the Heart of Christ we enter into the movement of the Spirit who develops in us a listening heart, bringing us closer to God’s reality, with the desire to promote justice, peace and the care of creation.

In many ways, this is similar to the aboriginal concept of Dadirri. At our Opening Mass Uncle Eric Law, an indigenous elder from the Cherbourg community, explained that Dadirri is an ability to stop and listen to the workings of nature, God, ourselves and all of the connections that exist between them.  Miriam – Rose Ungunmeer – Baumann of the Ngangikurungkurr people from Daly River in the Northern Territory explains it as an…

“inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.”

In 2017, Stuartholme has adopted the theme of Dadirri to deepen and expand our understanding of our focus goal. It is our hope that this theme encourages each of us to embrace the presence of contemplation in our school this year and use it to explore, discern and grow in our relationship with ourselves, God, others and the world in which we live.

Sarah Daff
Director of Mission