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Walk of Witness - Social Justice Statement Launch 2018-19



“[The Good Samaritan] went to him and bandaged his wounds… put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Lk 10:34

The Archdiocese of Melbourne launched the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Social Justice Statement for 2018-19 “A Place to Call Home” on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

500 people, including school children, representatives from Catholic parishes, agencies and organisations working to help people with homelessness walked through the streets of Melbourne giving public witness and prayer in support of people who are homeless. Beginning at Federation Square, they stopped at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Salvation Army Temple and the German Trinity Lutheran Church where their church leaders led them in prayer. They gathered at the steps of Parliament House where the Minister for Housing, Hon. Martin Foley MLA and the Shadow Minister of Housing, Ms Georgie Crozier MLC, received the Statement from students from Galilee Primary School. The statement was officially launched on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Netty Horton, CEO CatholicCare.

At this critical point in our society, there is a crisis of insecure housing and a tragedy of rising homelessness with nearly 116,000 homeless people on any given night. In the Statement, the Bishops affirm that housing is a basic human right, calls on all of us, government, Church and society, and individuals to recognise the dignity of every person who is marginalised and suggests practical measures to achieve real change.

On 30 September 2018, the Church celebrates Social Justice Sunday in which the Statement is officially issued. Read the statement, pray the Prayer for people who are homeless with others in your school, parish and community, and with the 10 Steps resource work together and with other organisations dealing with the issue to solve this crisis.

More photos: HERE (Credit to Ashoka Peiris)

Melbourne Catholic Article: HERE

Supporting Christ's Mission - 2 June 2018


 "Called to Welcome and Protect" 


Thank you to all who participated including schools, parish groups, justice organisations and religious orders. We pray that the voices of those suffering in offshore detention centres will be heard. Enough is enough! Bring them here! 
Fr Joe Caddy PP EV - Homily: HERE
Melbourne Catholic Article with photos and videos: HERE
More photos: HERE

2018 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking - Thursday 8 February

 More photos: CLICK HERE

"… the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery, violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity." Pope Francis 

In 2015, Pope Francis declared 8th February each year (the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan) to be the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. About 40 million people around the world today are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. On Thursday 8th February 2018, around 200 people gathered in St. Patrick's Cathedral for Holy Hour and Mass as a means of fulfilling Pope Francis’ desire to end this scourge. The Principal Celebrant was Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar of Social Services and Justice and was joined by Fr Stephen Majwok of the Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan, Deacon George Piech Meat, Chaplain to the South Sudanese Catholic Community and Deacon Jim Curtain, Diocesan Director of Caritas Australia. Each of those present, individually, committed themselves to making ethical choices to end modern slavery as well as collectively, as the Archdiocese will move towards ending modern slavery.

Thank you to the South Sudanese Catholic Community including St. Bahkita Choir, Archdiocesan Office for Youth, Australian Catholic Religious against Human Trafficking and the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office for helping to put on a such wonderful celebration for St. Josephine Bahkita's Feast.

 For further information on this important issue visit:

2017 Rerum Novarum Oration

Full text of Fr Frank Brennan's Oration: 
Watch the 2017 Oration HERE 
110 years after Justice Higgins decided that wages at a factory in Sunshine should be based on the cost of living for a worker and his family, our annual social justice lecture will focus on the just wage. Open to all those concerned with the Church’s Social Teaching on the Dignity and Purpose of Human Work. It will be of particular interest to teachers and students of Economics, Politics and Religious Studies. 


Student Social Justice Day – 29 May 2017 


Thank you to all the schools who participated in Student Day at the Australian Catholic University. Thank you also to Michael Walter from the St. Vincent De Paul Society, who gave a very thought-provoking opening presentation based on his life experiences and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and to all the organisations who held workshops. We hope that the students and teachers were inspired and ready to do great social justice works in their schools.

Schools represented:
Emmanuel College
Simonds Catholic College
Antonine College
Mount St Josephs Girls College
St. Joseph's College Geelong
Parade College
Assumption College
MacKillop College
Sacred Heart Kyneton
Presentation College Windsor
Killester College
Aquinas College
Marymede College
Mercy College Camperdown
Sacred Heart Geelong
Santa Maria College
Siena College
St Joseph’s College Ferntree Gully
St Kevin's College
St Monica's College
Sacred Heart Girls College

Organisations represented:
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne
The Benenson Society
Caritas Australia
Catholic Care
Catholic Mission
St Vincent de Paul Society
Young Christian Students