Just two weeks ago I attended a ritual at Rahamim to mark the change in governance for this ministry committed to integrating sustainability and spirituality. `We can think back on the call that Francis of Assisi received from the Lord in the little church of San Damiano: “Go and repair my house, which, as you can see, lies in ruins”. Today, the “common home” of our planet also needs urgently to be repaired and secured for a sustainable future.’ (Pope Francis July 2018)

Rahamim is new to the family of ministries in McAuley Ministries (MML) and this week I returned to spend two days with staff and volunteers to see the ministry in action. I arrived in early morning sunshine to be greeted warmly by Juliet, an intern, who was tending the kitchen garden.

Wednesday at Rahamim is open house at morning tea where staff gather with friends of Rahamim, volunteers, local sisters and members from the Community Garden Group. After enjoying the baking provided by visitors and staff, the volunteers returned to cataloguing books in the library, ground staff were hard at work in the grounds, admin staff were busy dealing with clients inquiring about hiring the premises for staff training, hospitality staff were preparing for a large event to be hosted the following day, and the education staff were developing a course Climate Emergency and Pope Francis. This course will soon be available to be presented in any location, either online or face-to-face with particular groups (such as workplace, school or parish groups) upon request. For more information contact@rahamim.org.au.

Denise Fox rsm, CEO McAuley Ministries