Bernadette Mercieca and Ann Rennie have both been Religious Education (RE) teachers and friends through long years of change and challenge. Their book, Witness, Specialist, Moderator, includes us in a deep and important conversation between them, their lives, and their mission. They show us Catholic education as a framework for living, based on loving God and loving neighbour. It looks at where we have come from, where we are now and the hope we hold for the future of the faith in Australia and those who will carry it forward.
Authors Bernadette Mercieca and Ann Rennie have lived this book for decades. Every idea has been tested in the rough and tumble of the classroom and every chapter poses reflection questions for those who would like to engage deeper with the book.
It is a must-read for every Australian Catholic educator.
Bernadette and Ann have lived this book for decades. Every idea has been tested in the rough and tumble of the classroom … Somewhere along the way, we have forgotten that religious education is not just a sacred trust but also a truckload of fun. Bernadette and Ann remind us with wisdom and grace.
– Michael McGirr,
Author & Mission Director of Caritas, Australia
Bernadette and Ann lead us on a journey that begins with their own formative years and shows keen insight into the current context of Catholic Religious Education in Australia. They offer concrete examples of present-day approaches and theories that are relevant to RE and other educational settings. The book prompts reflection and meaningful discourse for religious educators across the world. The book leaves us with a sense of hope for the future of Catholic Religious Education.
– Dr Bernadette Sweetman,
Post-doctoral researcher, Dublin City University