Thirty five people gathered at Cardinal Knox Centre on Saturday 18 March 2017 to reflect upon what parishes can do to support asylum seekers and refugees. It was an encouraging and challenging morning. Phil Glendenning AM, President of the Refugee Council of Australia and Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, said “Leadership requires voices to be heard and that’s where people in parish groups come into play. It needs to come through the organisations in the church, to say we’ve got to stop treating these people cruelly. We belong to a Church that says propagate the love that Jesus showed to all others. If we aren’t proclaiming the need to put this right then we are the ones the Pope is talking about being hypocritical”.
The Mission Inspired Leadership 2017 series began last Thursday evening (16 March) with Catholic Social Services Victoria at East Melbourne. The opening facilitator for the first evening was Mr Graham West, National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Australia. Graham led the group of fifteen participants in an engaging and challenging discussion around Leadership Practice in a Catholic Context.
Residents in immigration detention centres in Australia are subject to undignified and cruel treatment. Catholic Social Services Victoria has called on Mr
Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, to ensure that detention
centres safeguard the dignity, wellbeing and personal security of the
individual people at these facilities. Click here for our letter; here for our media release.