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Congratulations Fr Joe Caddy AM

Congratulations to Fr Joe Caddy on his recently awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM). His wide-ranging contribution to people on the margins includes service as prison chaplain, as CEO of CatholicCare Melbourne, and Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia. Other awardees include the founder of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Bernie Fehon OAM.
Fr Joe is currently Episcopal Vicar for Social Services in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and parish priest at St Mary’s in St Kilda, Melbourne. He is a Council member at Catholic Social Services Victoria, and chairs our social housing working group. Click here for a fuller account of Fr Joe's contribution.

In acknowledging his award, Father Caddy said,

'Australia is a wonderful country and so it is a huge privilege to receive this award. In a way it is a recognition of all those who work in the Church and its agencies for a fairer society, especially for those who are poor or in any way disadvantaged.

'While I am enormously honoured to receive this recognition I would be even more pleased to see our Australian society step up do more for those who are in need.

'We are a generous and big hearted people but at times our policies towards those who are seeking asylum or who find themselves unemployed are unnecessarily mean. We lock increasing numbers of our indigenous brothers and sisters and our poor in prisons which fail to improve their life chances or make our communities safer. We can do better on many fronts and I am sure that as a nation we truly want a fair go for all.' 
The founder of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Bernie Fehon, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to the community through social welfare programs. When Mr Fehon founded the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in 2006, only a handful of businesses took part. But on June 21 this year, at locations around Australia, 1400 CEOs will take part and $2.7 million has already been donated.
Read about other Catholics who were presented with Queen's Birthday honours in CathNews, here.

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