The Office of Renewal and Evangelisation (ORE) is part of the Office of the Bishop and exists in the diocese to support the renewal of Catholic life and culture in vibrant communities that embrace the mission of the Church in new ways.
As proclaimed by Pope Francis, this cultural renewal is grounded in “a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation” (Evangelii Gaudium, 27). The ORE also incorporates the diocesan staff of youth ministry, liturgy and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (catechists in government schools).
The purpose of the ORE team in the diocese is to aid parish communities to effectively propose Jesus Christ, make disciples and equip the faithful to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
The vision for the ORE team is that all people in our diocese personally encounter the love and mercy of the Father through Jesus Christ, live in vibrant communities of believers, and share this encounter in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The ORE is committed to a set of values leading to cultural transformation and renewal within the diocese.
In an organisational context, culture is expressed as the predictable ways of thinking and acting, in what we tolerate and reward, and how we spend our time and money. With Pope Francis, we believe this renewal of the Church cannot be deferred. Our values are:
Encounter with Jesus
We believe encountering the risen Jesus through hearing the basic Gospel proclaimed and openness to the Holy Spirit, transforms lives.
Growing and nurturing strong and ongoing relationships with God and each other, is vital for the health of individuals and communities and is at the heart of discipleship and Christian faith.
The joy, beauty and relevance of our Sunday Eucharist is the source of our renewed self-giving and participation in mission.
Our experience of the transformative power of our encounter with Jesus, of a loving community and Sunday Eucharist, leads us to joyfully look for opportunities to invite others into these relationships.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.