The author of ‘My Tidda, My Sister: Stories of strength and resilience from Australia’s first women’, Marlee is determined to utilise her storytelling skills to inspire people and create change. She uses her platform to advocate for the causes she is most passionate about, which has seen her named as a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Commission ‘Young People’s Human Rights Medal’ in 2019.
Marlee also volunteers for various charities and sits on the board of both ID. Know Yourself, an Aboriginal founded charity which provides support to Indigenous children living in out of home care, and youth suicide prevention non-profit, Cultural Choice Association, through which she has also developed and delivered mental health and wellbeing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.
While she juggles an array of different roles at any given time, she is currently the host of Game Changers a podcast featuring inspiring female athletes, a sideline NRL/W commentator for ABC Sport and freelance writer for a range of media outlets.
Marlee will be speaking on “Diversity, inclusion and hope”
Members and guests welcome!
Members tickets are complimentary. Guests tickets are available for $132 each (inclusive of gst).
Marlee Silva is a young Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman based on Dharawal Country, south of Sydney. She is a published author, presenter and commentator with a particular passion for storytelling focused on First Nations people and community, sport and women’s issues.
Catholic Business Connections (CBC) is an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC gathers four times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world.
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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.