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COVER STORY The world has changed: Now for the new order

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Move to curtail underage online porn epidemic

CANBERRA OBSERVED ScoMo's delicate balancing act in extraordinary times

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Time and timing are crucial to Cardinal Pell's appeal by Peter Westmore

NEW ZEALAND Political divisions polarise across the Ditch

NEW ZEALAND Victorian Road Map smooths way of NZ anti-life clique to abortion 'reform'

FREE SPEECH Intolerance brigade at UQ attacks professor of Law

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Victoria lifts moratorium of gas exploration

CHINESE HISTORY The Soong Dynasty: Three sisters who rules China

LAW AND SOCIETY Guilt by accusation: The kangaroos are roaming freely through Australia's legal system

GENDER POLITICS Dr Quentin Van Meter's Australian talk is opening eyes in the U.S.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Australia is not safe in the borderless globalised world

SHOPPING AND SOCIETY The Ubermensch in the aisles

MUSIC We seem to have lost the point of counterpoint

CINEMA The Current War: Industrial miracle workers

BOOK REVIEW A dark trade that continues unabated worldwide

EBOOK READ THIS Both sides to this old story

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ANGELS, INCENSE AND REVOLUTION:
Catholic Schooldays of the 1960s

Wanda Skowronska

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The 1960s era – with its Holdens, trams and Bex powders – was also a defining time for Australian Catholicism, with its Irish hymns, breezy hope, babyboomers, “new Australians”, sodalities and tombola – and a looming cultural revolution. This account tries to capture some of the spiritual and social ambience of those times, so poignant, so unforgettable, for those who lived through it.

A beautiful journey into the past – the baby boomer years of peace and prosperity – captures the atmosphere of our schooldays with warmth and optimism. The dislocation and trauma experienced by many refugee families is analysed with honesty and humour. Writing style is personal and not sugarcoated. While not agreeing fully with her conclusions about the Church, I can understand how her experience of life has led her to them. I recommend this book to all who enjoy sharing the lives of others, especially Brigidine ex-students, babyboomers or the children of immigrants.

– Dianne Mullin, President of the Brigidine College Randwick Ex-Students Association

This is a must read for all Brigidines. A fabulous journey back into the past, an era of fun, hope and happiness, which we were privileged to receive.

– Maureen O’Connor, teacher, psychologist, ex-Brigidine student

As I read Angels, Incense and Revolution, the memories came flooding back. Contrary to the general media picture, Wanda has nothing but praise for the dedicated, inspirational majority of religious who provided a rich education and a coherent Catholic worldview.

– Michael Gilchrist, author of several books, including Daniel Mannix: Wit and Wisdom (2004)

A perfect insight into the Australian Catholic past, as seen from the inside, and how it suddenly vanished.

– Professor James Franklin, Editor, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

About the author

Wanda Skowronska is a Catholic psychologist and author living and working mainly in Sydney. She writes for several periodicals, being a regular contributor to the Australian Catholic journal Annals Australasia. She completed a PhD in 2011 at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, where she has done sessional lecturing. She published the first compilation of Australian conversion stories, Catholics from Down Under and All Over (2015).

 


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