8 April 2013 Luncheon
The Network had a terrific start to the year, with its first luncheon at The Westin a great success, thanks in large part to our guest speaker, the Hon John Howard, OM AC. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed Mr Howard’s key note address, where he demonstrated his still present ability to captivate, entertain and to speak with authority on a number of wide ranging issues. The candour and humility in which he addressed the audience of over 200 people was warmly appreciated, from politics to economics to anecdotal stories drawn from a vast experience in public life, Mr Howard obviously continues to fascinate.
24 May 2013 Luncheon
The Sheraton on the Park venue for the second Sydney Catholic Business Network luncheon for the year was filled to capacity as members and guests were treated to several key note addresses centred on the future of the Church amidst new leadership. Speakers included Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Voices UK founders, Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero, and James van Schie of the Sydney Archdiocese, all of whom captivated an attentive audience with their observations and experiences.
Cardinal Pell provided a fascinating personal account of the recent Conclave in Rome that ushered in the new Pope Francis. Jack Valero provided a provocative examination on the global issues affecting the modern Catholic identity, while James van Schie explored the domestic dimension through his involvement with the recently launched Catholic Talk, a group of lay and religious people who seek to share the Catholic faith in the media and participate in public discourse with respect, humility, truth and clarity.
16 August 2013 Luncheon
CEO and Partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Mr John W.H. Denton, provided members with a provocative key note address at this Sydney Catholic Business Network luncheon, musing on the role of business in shaping the future of policy, society and national relationships. With his considerable experience in the legal, business and global policy fields, Mr Denton made it clear from the outset that this topic is anything but straight forward â and that it invites some controversy. From both a national and international perspective, Mr Dentonâs address considered the right of business to participate in the shaping of public policy, while also providing an intellectual and a theological basis for businessâ right in so doing. All of which left the audience to ponder - a capitalist society, able to maintain its moral integrity, neednât be a utopian dream; it can still be achievable through a concerted and conscious effort from all involved.
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