Something new is brewing in Melbourne, as The Siena Project – a budding group for Catholic Women’s Ministry in Melbourne – host a High Tea complimenting the theme of the ‘feminine genius.’
Words by moira m. tauiliili
It’s not often one gets invited to a ‘High Tea’ but there is something about such an event that draws the attention of many… perhaps its because there is something foreign about it compared to most events held in the 21st century, and the thrill of experiencing something ‘classic’ but also ‘new’ attracts guests. This may have been the case for The Siena Project – a blossoming group of young Catholic Women focusing on Women’s Ministry in Melbourne – who on Saturday 11th February 2017, held a High Tea for women across Melbourne with a key focus on the ‘Feminine Genius.’
44 eager women from all walks of life came together on the afternoon, greeted with a variety of cakes, sandwiches, good conversation and of course tea upon arrival, with a photo booth set up in one of the rooms as well as fundraising initiatives for both the Siena Project and the ‘Aid to the Church in Need’. Guests were informed of what the Project by President and member of the core team, Madeleine Gilbey who was emphatic on the message that St Catherine of Siena had once uttered
“be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire”
– this being a key characteristic of the Project’s mission and vision for the women of Melbourne.
The Guest Speaker of the afternoon was well renowned expert in bioethics, Philosophy and Theology, Anna Krohn.
Anna, who is also Academic Advisor for the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne and founder of the Anima Women’s Network, centered her talk on the three theological transcendentals “goodness, truth and beauty” and there status in both understanding the human person and more so the feminine genius. She begun her oration with a provocative statement:
“Genius is not something you have, but something you are.”
drawing examples from the life of Edith Stein (St Benedicta of the Cross) a strong academic, virgin, martyr, and saint venerated in the Catholic Church. Edith Stein is known for her writings on the Spirituality of Women, which made her a perfect candidate for discussion on this particular afternoon. She also shares the patronage of Europe alongside 5 other Saints, one being St Catherine of Siena.
Time was given for a Q&A and then guests were given free time to mingle, take photos in the Photo Booth area, and purchase tickets for the fundraising initiatives. The afternoon ended with a short quiz on the patronage of a number of saints that was received well by all guests and a prize was given to winning table.
All in All it was a pleasant afternoon, enjoyed by all, guests were thanked and The Siena Project continue to discern future events for young women across Melbourne.
For further information on The Siena Project, visit there Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thesienaproject