Notre Dame follows New York's lead on Love & Responsibility

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 16-9-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Last Tuesday night marked the successful beginning of Love and Responsibility in Sydney, a series of discussions for students and young professionals aimed at understanding love and relationships within a context of Catholic teaching.

Over 130 students attended the event, which was held in the Courtyard of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. The University welcomed students from ACU and the Sydney Chaplaincies.

Each week, a new topic is dissected, with the discussion based on the chapters of Love and Responsibility, a philosophical text written by Blessed Pope John Paul II.

The inaugural event was themed “The Foundations of Friendship” and the second meeting will see the audience discuss Chapter Two of the text, “Beyond the Sexual Urge.”

Event organiser and Student Chaplaincy Convenor at Notre Dame, Sydney, Jessica Langrell said the event was inspired by the Love and Responsibility event held in New York City.

“The American event was hugely successful and received a lot of interest from young adults,” she said.

“We wanted to provide a casual yet challenging weekly discussion group for personal formation and growth in terms of living out genuine relationships and authentic friendships,” Ms Langrell said.

Alison Collet, an Arts/Education student at the University, attended the event and said she would recommend it to other young people.

“It was a great night! With over 130 young people all in the one spot, discussing the one topic you are bound to learn something new and reaffirm your own views,” Ms Collet said.

“If you're up for a night of good conversation, fellowship and spirited discussion, then the L&R conference is for you! It's a really relaxed and informal environment so you can come late if you're coming back from work or class and there are always opportunities to meet people if you don't know anyone else there!”

Love and Responsibility in Sydney is hosted by the Chaplaincy of The University of Notre Dame Australia; Life, Marriage and Family Centre, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney; University of Sydney Chaplaincy and; Theology on Tap, Sydney.

The event will take place over the next five weeks. The group will meet every Tuesday evening up to and including 18 October, between 6pm and 8pm, in the Courtyard of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway site. Complimentary drinks and nibbles are provided and all are welcome to attend.

Follow the thoughts of the group of young people on the Love and Responsibility Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/loveandresponsibility.

For further information please contact: Communications Officer, Elizabeth Fenech

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

T: 02 8204 4407 E: elizabeth.fenech@nd.edu.au W: www.nd.edu.au/