I first went to Redfern in the early eighties I felt
as if I was hearing the gospel for the first time. It
was as if I was seeing with new eyes. I felt very challenged
by it. Ted's homilies made me look at the words of Scripture
from another place altogether. Redfern was connected
with the Forbes St Community where I lived with the
Blessed Sacrament Sisters. A place where people were
welcomed especially Aboriginal people and where Street
Retreats were run.
takes in a wide circle of people from Wilcannia, Dubbo,
Wagga, Toowoomba, Mittagong etc, etc. People who live
away from Redfern but are still a part of it.
think of the time of the launch of Ted's book and the
people who were there and there would have been lots
who weren't. That says a lot about Ted Kennedy I think.
Most of all Redfern is the faces of people, Aboriginal
people who were so welcoming and ready to share.
is memories of Mum Shirl and the children.
feel when you are away Redfern is like a well where
you return to drink in the spirit of the place to be
nourished and resourced.
has changed and yet in another way it is the same; you
still find the same spirit there - a spirit of welcome,
challenge, trust, ordinary life, commitment to justice
for all people especially Aboriginal people, a home
where people feel they belong, are part of Something.
This I believe is Ted's legacy.
by Sheila Quonoey