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Welcome The Asylum Seeker Parish Support
CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum) has released a Toolkit for Refugee Action, which includes three actions that parishes and groups can undertake to  support refugees and people seeking asylum: Circles of Silence, #RightTrack Community Conversations and guidelines for Meetings with members of parliament. One of the most effective ways you can advocate for people seeking asylum is to visit your local MPs and let them know what you think.  Click here for the Toolkit.

On Sunday, 9 April 2017 thousands walked in solidarity for refugees, despite dire weather forecasts. 200 people met initially at St Patrick's Cathedral for prayer, led by Fr Joe Caddy, Episocal Vicar for Social Services.

Come and walk in solidarity with parishes, organisations and many others Walking for Justice for refugees and people seeking asylum.  Last year an estimated 15,000 people attended the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice. Come and hear about the current needs and priorities of people seeking asylum and what is being done to support them. 

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 as part of the Strengthening Parish Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees forum. Key speakers included Phil Glendenning AM, President of the Refugee Council of Australia and Director of the Edmund Rice Centre; Fr Peter Carrucan, a ‘Good Samaritan’ to refugees for many years; and Terefe Aborete a refugee from Ethiopia in 1995.

Catholic Social Services has added a new paper to its Key Documents for Parishes, to provide information on the settlement needs of new families, and how you can support them. Download document here
People seeking asylum continue to need our support. Many thousands in the community and in detention are living in Australia in fear, poverty and uncertainty.  Many more are detained on Nauru and Manus Island, with others “free”, with nowhere to go. Self harm, suicide and death are common. Recent humanitarian family arrivals from Syria need our support. The forum will increase awareness of current issues and what parishes can do to help.

Today, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) released the first ever State of the Nation report, a comprehensive investigation into the experiences of those seeking safety and settling in Australia within the broader context of the global crisis of human displacement. 

Click here to read report. 
 Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue say the only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in Australia. Click here
In Australia, 25,000 people are seeking asylum.  How many will be successful? What will happen to those who are unsuccessful? The Catholic Melikite parish of Hampton Park is helping Syrian refugees settle in homes. Read about this and more in the February newsletter, and how you can join in the next Strengthening Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Forum.

The Kyneton Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary continues to support asylum seekers through the provision of short term accommodation, material aid, the involvement of the local community (including the parish primary school and Sacred Heart College), links to the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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