Preliminary Program (stc)

Presenters and Facilitators


Monday 9 September 2024


2pm                        Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

                                NATSICC Welcome

                                Housekeeping and retreat overview
                                Opening Mass


4pm                                         Yarning Circles

                                                  An opportunity to meet other retreat participants



6pm                        Dinner


7pm                        Prayers by the Fire



Tuesday 10 September 2024


9.00am                  Morning Prayer


9.30am                 Session 2: Laudato Si


10.30am                Morning Tea


11am                      Walk/Pilgrimage to the Grotto and Benediction



1 pm                       Lunch


2pm                        Session 3: Silence, stillness and prayer


3.30pm                  Afternoon Tea


4pm                       Elective Activity: Yarning Circles  |  Private Reflection   |   Adoration



5.30pm                 Quiet Time (Bishops and Priests available for confession/Reconciliation)


6pm                       Dinner


7pm                       Evening Prayer


‚ÄčWednesday 11 September 2024 9am                        Morning Prayer 9.20am                   Aboriginal Labyrinth 10.30am                Morning Tea 11am                      Session 4: Lord, Teach us how to Pray 1pm                        Lunch 2pm                       Session 5: Aboriginal Spirituality and Catholic Faith 3pm                        Afternoon tea 3.30pm                  Session 6: Healing Through art workshop 5.15pm                  Break for afternoon 6pm                        Dinner 7pm                       Gather around campfire Thursday 12 September 2024 9.00am                  Morning Prayer - Lectio Divina 9.30am                 Session 2: Feedback and sharing 10.30am                Morning Tea 11am                     Closing Mass 12.30pm                Lunch Delegates depart 

The presenters for the retreat and being considered and approached and will be added once confirmed.

Caroline Hughes

Welcome and Smoking Ceremony

Caroline Hughes is a Ngunnawal Elder and 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.


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