Standing on the Shoulders: TWEC dinner to celebrate rich history

Join us for our 2024 TWEC Dinner on Friday 31 May. Read more about it below. 

When you go about your daily life, who taught you everything you know?

Parents, family, teachers and friends are the first things that come to mind.

But who taught them?

When you think about it, we are all "Standing on the Shoulders" of those who raised us as we venture further into life.

And it’s the same for almost everything around us.

Our Diocese is moving forward thanks to the legacy and work of so many people and events – past Popes, Bishops, priests, sisters, Synods, and numerous others.

One of these groups is the Sisters of St Joseph and their Tenison Woods Education Centre (TWEC).

Established in 1993, TWEC was created to make adult faith formation more accessible.

The Centre was named in honour of Fr Julian Edmund Tenison Woods, whose concern for the poor settlers and their families in colonial South Australia led him, with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, to found the Sisters of St Joseph.

Over the years, the Sisters have offered faith formation that is not merely knowledge-based, but one that respects the wisdom gained from life experience and is attentive to God’s presence in life and in the living tradition of the Catholic community.

Hundreds of people have been “formed” by the courses on offer at TWEC, including The Christian Formation Course – that still runs in our Diocese today – and Taste and See. Both were designed to increase a person’s understanding of Catholicism through things like scripture, theology, history, liturgy and more. 

In 2017 TWEC was placed into the care of the Diocese, the Sisters of St Joseph and what is now known as the Tenison Woods Education Community (TWEC) continues to have a profound impact on our Diocese.

This legacy and impact will be celebrated at the 2024 TWEC Dinner –an annual event since 1995.

Initially, it served as a fundraiser for the centre, but now it is a celebration and a thank you for all it has done.

Everyone is welcome to join!

When: Friday 31 May

Where: Victor Peters Suite, 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Cost: $40 pp includes buffet meal and guest speaker presentation.

Dinner Registration link:   

Who is our Guest Speaker – Kelly Paget?

Kelly Paget may not be a name you are familiar with, but it is one you should get to know. Last year, she was one of just five Australians whom Pope Francis chose to participate in the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

At our TWEC dinner, Kelly will speak about this experience and what she has done throughout her ministry career.

This career began in parish and school-based roles before she joined the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay as a Team Leader at Catholic Youth Broken Bay in 2012. Then in 2019, Kelly began a 12-month secondment as Senior Advisor to the Diocesan Administrator to support him during the interim period without a Bishop. Following the appointment of Most Rev Anthony Randazzo as Bishop, her role evolved to Chancellor and Executive Officer of the Office of the Bishop.

Late last year, Bishop Anthony invited her to lead the newly established Mission Broken Bay, so her current role is Chancellor and Director of Mission. 


PHOTO: 2022 TWEC Dinner

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