Tracey Edstein is an associate of the Dominican Sisters, the convenor of the Waratah Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands. For many years, she was a secondary teacher of English and religious studies, and religious studies coordinator in schools with close ties to the Marist and Dominican charisms. She then served as editor of Aurora, the award-winning monthly magazine of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Australia. She is an active parishioner involved in adult faith formation and a freelance writer.

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Q & A with Sr. Melissa Dwyer, from throwing javelins to congregational leadership

Sr. Melissa Dwyer, an educator who led a girls' school in Malawi, is now leader of the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Australia. In a past life, she dreamed of an Olympic gold medal. But, as she says, "God has ways."

Q & A with Lee-Ann Wein on the Beguine way and its 'beautiful freedom'

Throughout Lee-Ann Wein's adult life, she has followed various paths in the quest to know and follow God. Currently living in Jamberoo, south of Sydney, she has embraced the Beguine way of life, a hard-won choice.

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A call Dominican Sr. Diana Santleben received about 14 Africans on a parish doorstep in Sydney in 2000 led ultimately to her founding Zara's House Refugee Women and Children's Centre in Newcastle, Australia.

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For Australians, celebrating Christmas down under is different. So for those to whom a hot Christmas is a foreign concept, here's a sun-tinged window into the reality.