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The first workshop of our Catholic Social Teaching series for 2014 was conducted on 27 February, and was welcomed as a valuable formation experience.  Another workshop is scheduled for Tuesday 30 September 2014, with similar evenings for Board members on Thursday 10 April and Thursday 27 November.
In the immediate afterglow of our recent CSSV Catholic Identity and Mission Conference, the person who was so frequently mentioned at this gathering for his inspiration and example, Pope Francis, has just published the first major document of his papacy. In The Joy of the Gospel, the Pope joyfully exhorts his flock to rethink almost everything it does in pursuit of its one key aim, evangelisation (witnessing to and announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ).
New research released today by Catholic Social Services Victoria warns that the Victorian government’s move to abolish suspended sentences will have a debilitating effect on Victoria’s corrections system.
                      
The report finds that community safety may well be compromised by the reforms, which will add an extra 5,500 people to Victoria’s corrections system each year, effectively doubling the number of people who receive community orders at a time when the system is under pressure from so many directions. 
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of our conference on 9, 10 October.  It brought together an excellent line up of leaders and participants to explore the impact of Catholic identity and mission on what we do and how we do it.  In the words of one highly respected participant:   I enjoyed the conference … interesting … lots of good people … energising commitment to the ‘mission’ … honest about the challenges they suffer … all in all, good stuff!
A book of confernce proceedings is in preparation.  Click through for videos and papers, which will be added to the site as they become available.

 
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