Elizabeth comes from a farm in rural South Australia, Boandik country. She attended St Mary MacKillop’s first school, and from her first sacraments in the Catholic Church at the age of seven, felt called to a vocation in religious and liturgical leadership. After a degree in Circus Arts, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, professing her first vows in 2010. Elizabeth studied a Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning, and Master of Theology (Coursework). Her ministries have been with youth, immigration detention centres, prisons, parish, school and ecumenical/interfaith relations. She is currently a Parish Life Coordinator in a remote town of New South Wales, where she is instituted as a Catechist to lead regular community liturgy in the absence of a priest, including baptisms and funerals. Elizabeth finds life in exploring the scriptures and the Church’s liturgical/sacramental tradition together with those in marginal situations. She hopes that other women in future might be recognised and authorised in such vocational calls as well. In 2021, she started the blog Liturgy on the Margins, along with the group Australian Catholics Exploring the Diaconate, which celebrates and promotes the ministry of permanent deacons, both present and potential. This includes the diaconal ministry of women who respond to needs that exist. Elizabeth is inspired by St Phoebe and the many women and men who have shared and brought alive the Good News of Jesus for our times today.



May 7, 2023

Fifth Sunday of Easter

What are the needs around us today? Who are the Hellenist widows who cry out for ministry at their own tables?

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