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The November update from Catholic Social Services Victoria is now available online. It is full of latest news and upcoming events from us and our member organisations, including VMCH, John Pierce Centre, Office for Justice and Peace and Edmund Rice Camps Victoria. Some of the highlights include an article that calls for intentional and strategic engagement with young professionals and emerging leaders working in Catholic Social services, along with a powerful piece written by Josh Lourensz of Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum about his conversations with refugees in PNG. Get all of the details in the November update!

Red Wednesday starts today, 20 November! Between 20-27 November, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne will be taking a stand for the millions of people around the world who are being persecuted for their peacefully-held religious beliefs. St Patrick's cathedral will be floodlit in red each night during this week.Join us today (20 November) at the 12 noon Mass at St Mary of the Cross Chapel, Australian Catholic University, 8 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Tonight at 8.30pm, there is the "Walk of Witness", starting at the birthplace of St Mary MacKillop, 7 Brunswill Street, Fitzroy, finishing at St Patrick's cathedral.

Download poster here for a list of all events.  |  More information and resources can also be found here.
2019 has been a fantastic year with four different events focused on young professionals and emerging leaders engaged in Catholic social services. Organised by the Emerging Leaders Network, which is auspiced by Catholic Social Services Victoria, young professionals and emerging leaders are invited to an end of year / Christmas catchup on Wednesday 18 December, 5.30pm-8.30pm, at A Hereford Beefstouw, 22 Duckboard Place, Melbourne.
Engaging with young professionals and emerging leaders within Catholic social services has to become a key part of strategic thinking among CEOs and “not just a nice thought”, according to Mark Monahan, Executive Officer of Edmund Rice Services – Mount Atkinson. “We need to be intentional and strategic about their formation and professional development because they will be leading our Catholic social services organisations into the future,” he says. “And it’s not something that CEOs and leaders should be considering in a few years’ time; it needs to be addressed now."

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