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"I long to see a new Australia that prides itself on the treatment of First Nations Peoples, that reveres the cultural heritage of this land; where every child who goes to school learns about the First Nations people as the Guardians and protectors of Mother Earth." Sherry Balcombe, Coordinator of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and member of the Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria, has written a powerful reflection, call to action and statement of hope in Eureka Street, which is connected with the recent protests that took place over the weekend around Australia.

St Mary's House of Welcome is seeking expressions of interest for a skills-based non-executive director who embodies the strong values of The House of Welcome to join its Board of Directors. It currently has one independent vacancy, with applications being sought from appropriately experienced people who have a genuine interest and commitment to the vision and purpose of SMHOW, an excellent understanding of good governance in the context of commercial or not-for-profit enterprise, and able to lead organisational growth. 


Our May eNewsletter is now out and includes the latest news and information from Catholic social services, both within Victoria, and nationally. We are in the midst of National Reconciliation Week, and have also been reminded of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, with the recent Laudato Si week (which has kicked off a year-long anniversary year). There are also a couple of upcoming 'virtual' events that our readers may like to partake in, along with a number of reflection pieces.

"It is indeed a spiritual truth that periods of hardship offer the opportunity to attain greater personal growth, more than during the good times. Perhaps, the challenges we are facing individually and globally are God’s way of revealing to us opportunities for growth, giving, and achieving closeness to Him and to our fellow human beings. Such sensitivity to the sufferings of others makes us think and feel and surely thinking and feeling makes us more warmly human." Fr Frank Freeman sbd reflects on the impact of COVID-19 and God's call for faith, hope and growth. 

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