By Judith Scully
The years following the Second Vatican Council were
critical ones in the development of the Catholic Church.
Many of the sisters, brothers and priests who left religious
life at that time moved into occupations and lifestyles
that drew upon their earlier formation and education.
Later generations will look back and analyse the
importance of these moves and the effect they had on
the Australian church.
A Gentle Unfolding is the story of one of those who left,
a story about a vocation that was never lost, that keeps
on unfolding through the circles and spirals of this one
A Gentle Unfolding
JUDITH SCULLY, a fourth generation Australian, was a toddler when World War II began. Her memorabilia box overflows with bits and pieces from her years as a religious sister teaching on Aboriginal settlements,
marriage, parenting five children, three of them fostered and two adopted, running a general store, the untimely death of her husband from motor
neurone disease, and nearly two decades as a pastoral associate in Catholic parishes. Now retired, she and her youngest brother share a home among the gum trees in Warrandyte, Victoria, where she posts on her website, Words from the Edge.