Editorial by the Executive Director of Kildare Ministries
We have had a positive and busy start to the year as you will see from the collection of photos within these pages. Thank you for your contribution.
As you know the Trustees have asserted Compassion: Walking with and having Empathy for All, as the theme for 2016, in keeping with Pope Francis’ year of Mercy. Our Ministries have been invited to find new ways to respond to this year’s theme.
In the scriptures there are examples of God’s connection with humanity and from God’s delight in creation; through God’s being with and supporting God’s people as they stumbled through the generations; through to Jesus being sent to reveal God’s mind and heart through word and action; and Jesus assuring us of God’s continuing presence through the indwelling of the Spirit. Our God lives in intimate connection with us.
For God and for us, compassion is not just feelings of pity but a commitment to understand and walk with those who have distress, anguish and pain in their lives. Compassion is an active word! We are challenged to give a voice to those who are voiceless and to advocate for those who are marginalised and at risk. Our challenge is not just to feel empathetic but to respond to our daily realities as Jesus would, with compassion and mercy.
Kildare Ministries commissioned Christine Sage to design and sculpture a cross. We received it this week and we are excited to share it with you.
To borrow from the artist’s description, she says of the cross:
It is a cross that reflects the new vision and mission of Kildare Ministries. Borrowing from the cross within our logo, it has a dance like movement to it, symbolising joy in its action. It captures the dance of the Holy Spirit within us, as we celebrate all that is good and continue with courage in our service to others.
The cross was made from clay and cast in bronze. The organic nature of the cross reminds us of our own connection to the Earth. The many marks on the surface symbolise our own stories we bring to our work and all those we care for. With the obvious reference to wood it connects us to the original Christian Cross and reminding us that Christ is at our centre.
Red Gum from the Murray River was chosen for the stand, bearing witness to the humility in work, simplicity and clarity of vision, the shape a reminder of the Holy Celtic Hills of Ireland and the colour representing the early beginnings of both the Brigidine and Presentation Sisters’ pioneering work in Australia, which is of course the foundation on which the Kildare Ministries are built today.
This Cross was designed for Kildare Ministries under the guidance of Marguerite Buckley and Erica Pegorer using the symbol that was created by Sr Reba Woodwiss. The artwork was finalised in February 2016 by Christine Sage of Sage Sculptures Malmsbury.
We hope you like it and that it speaks to you of our embracing and hopeful future.