The relationship between the parish and school represents one of the greatest opportunities for evangelisation in the Australian context. Growing relationships and connections at various levels of parish and school life has been the key ingredient in the story of St Brigid’s, Marrickville. Fr John and Paige will share the story of this Christ-centred and Eucharistic community, identify several principles to grow the parish-school connection while acknowledging those titles, roles and factors that can impede our working together as Church. Participants will be invited to reflect on the potential of leadership in this collaborative relationship and also to consider their own success stories and challenges in building up parish and school communities in the unity of Christ’s mission.
About Fr John and Paige
John Pearce CP has been a priest for 40 years, with 20 years of retreat and parish mission experience, and 20 years of parish experience. He has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He has taken spiritual direction to the basics of ministerial life. He has also helped shape and lead the Sydney Catholic Schools Growing in Faith Course over the past 5 years.
Paige Bullen is a wife and mother, an artist and a Family Educator. She has a Masters of Education in Visual Arts from the College of Fine Arts and brings her love of art into many aspects of her ministry. Through participation in the Parish Sacrament Programme over the past 6 years, she has built up a theological framework of Christian initiation that encompasses her work as a Family Educator and as a Mentor of other Family Educators.