This NATSICC retreat will focus on the understanding of Faith and Spirituality from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous perspectives.  The event is suitable for those working in a Catholic Context with First Nations Catholics in addition to First Nations people. We have adopted a true 'Retreat' format (in difference to a conference format) that incorporates quiet time for reflection and a slower, more contemplative pace.


We hope to foster healing and mutual respect through sharing and understanding.


For more information please contact Sally FitzGerald at or 0422 066 080


Presenters and Facilitators



Dulcie Isaro (Queensland)

Aboriginal Spirituality

Dulcie Isaro is a well-respected Elder, storyteller and social activist. For many years Isaro has been involved in Indigenous affairs and assisting her people, particularly in northern Queensland. She is the daughter of Willie Thaiday, a much-loved and respected Torres Strait Islander man. Isaro has been prominent in highlighting failed government assimilation policies on Palm Island and continues to fight for the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She is also a long-standing member of Community Justice Groups (Townsville area). Isaro entered the convent of the Order of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Bowral, New South Wales, in 1961, and with the Order trained as a teacher in Sydney and taught at Catholic schools in Papua New Guinea from 1965 to 1972.

Archbishop of Canberra Goulburn - Christopher Prowse

Prayer in the Silence of Jesus: Silence, simplicity and stillness

Christopher Prowse was appointed by Pope Francis as Archbishop to the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese on September 12, 2013. Archbishop Christopher’s installation Mass at St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra was held a few months later, on November 19.


Archbishop Prowse brings many gifts to his Archdiocese and reaches out to those of all walks of life, young and old, lay and religious, to draw people closer to God and the Church. Archbishop Prowse has walked alongside First Nations Catholics for many years - from his involvement in the ACM Melbourne to chairing the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Bishop of Wilcannia Forbes - Columba Macbeth Green

Caring for our Common Home


Bishop Columba studied for the priesthood at Vianney College in Wagga Wagga, made his Solemn Profession in the Order of St Paul the Hermit in 1996 and was ordained a priest the following year on 22 November 1997 as Pauline Father. Fr. Columba servers as Administrator of Tarcutta Parish from 1998 to 2002; from 2000 to 2014 he served as a New South Wales and Queensland Police Chaplain. At the time of his appointment as Bishop he was the Provincial Vicar of the Pauline Fathers for Australia.


The Bishop’s appointment by Pope Francis was announced on 12 April 2014 and he was installed on 3 July 2014 at Holy Family Church in Parkes.


Bishop Columba is currently the Chairperson of the Bishops Commission for relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Caroline Hughes

Healing through Country

Caroline Hughes, Ngunnawal Elder and Director of CIT Yurauna Centre. Yurauna is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre of Educational Excellence at Canberra Institute of Technology.  Caroline Hughes is a strong Ngunnawal woman who believes and strives towards the best outcomes for community.  Caroline is leading the revitalisation of the Ngunnawal language and Co-Chairs the Dhawura Ngunnawal Caring for Country Committee - natural resource management of the ACT.


Caroline has been an active member of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn for many years.

Caroline has worked in the adult education and community sectors for over 30 plus years as a practitioner, manager and leader of programs, community development and client support services.


Sunday 21 November 2021


6pm                        Virtual portal open


6.30pm                   Welcome to Country

                                NATSICC Welcome

                                Housekeeping and retreat overview


6.45pm                                    Virtual Yarning Circles

                                                  An opportunity to meet other retreat participants


7.15pm                   Aboriginal Spirituality

                               Dulcie Isaro


8pm                        Closing Prayer


Monday 22 November 2021


9.30am                  Virtual portal opens


10am                      Opening Mass

                                Hosted by the community at the Reconciliation Church - La Perouse, NSW


11.15am                Caring for our Common Home

                               Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green


12pm                      Break


12.15pm                Healing through Country

                               Caroline Hughes


1pm                        Lunch break


2.15pm                                     Break into Virtual Yarning Circles

                                                  What is the Spirit saying to you about caring for our common home and

                                                  Healing through Country?


3pm                        Afternoon Tea break


3.15pm                Let us Dream -  The path to a better future (Pope Francis)

                                Fr Steve Fletcher


4.15pm                  Short break


4.30pm                  Closing Prayer


Tuesday 23 November 2021


9.30am                  Virtual portal opens


10am                    Rosary in Language



10.30am                Torres Strait Islander Spirituality

                                Toby Whaleboat


11.30am                 Break with guided reflection


2pm                        Prayer in the Silence of Jesus: Silence, simplicity and stillness

                                Archbishop Christopher Prowse


3pm                        Afternoon Tea


3.30pm                                    Guided Yarning Circles

                                                  Exploring the NATSICC Prayer book


4.30pm                  Evening Prayer from the Divine Office


Wednesday 24 November 2021


9.45am                  Virtual portal opens


10.15am                Opening Prayer and Reflection – Growing in God Together

                                Fr Dave Tremble MGL


11am                                         Break into Virtual Yarning Circles

                                                   Discussion: I am the Vine and you are the Branches –

                                                   Mission and evangelisation


12pm                      Closing Mass

                               Fr Steve Fletcher


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Registration for the retreat is $50. This includes access to all sessions, virtual yarning circles and opening and Closing Mass. Additionally you will receive a Retreat pack via the post.


Many in the community are experiencing challenges in these difficult times and the retreat is an excellent opportunity to reflect and build strength. With this in mind, NATSICC has decided to include a 'pay what you can' option to enable everyone the opportunity to attend and heal.





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