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National Volunteer Week starts on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities. One of those volunteers is Mary, who says volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta. She is part of a team of volunteers who share their time and talents at Villa Maria Catholic Homes' St Bernadette’s Residential Aged Care, in Sunshine. She regularly visits Maltese residents at St Bernadette’s and talks to them in their shared language and about their heritage.

 Sister Gail Worcelo from Green Mountain Monastery in Vermont, USA, will deliver the annual John Wallis Memorial Lecture on 10 July 2018. Sr. Gail will speak on understanding ourselves as part of a vast universe, calling us to be present with hopefulness and action. Gail joined the Passionist Nuns in 1982 and has masters degrees in Christian Spirituality and Clinical Psychology. She was mentored for many years by the late Fr Thomas Berry who was instrumental in shaping the Catholic ecology movement. 


An innovative tool is helping aged care residents living with dementia to be heard, and make their end of life journey meaningful to them.

Not-for-profit aged and disability organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) has seen some excellent results for residents with dementia since using the screening tool this year.

On the surface, Xavier Bulger is your typical 12-year-old.  The Mooroopna local loves fishing, cars, motorbikes, and is adjusting to life at high school. But look closer and you’ll see Xavier is dealing with issues far beyond his 12 years.  Xavier’s mum, Kristie, has terminal cancer.  Since her diagnosis three years ago, he’s acted as her carer; helping out around the house when she’s too sick from chemo.

John Pierce Centre for Deaf Ministry is a not for profit organisation which funds its activities from donations, bequests and some support from the Catholic Church in Victoria. It receives no ongoing Government funding. Its programs and facilities are available to all Deaf people who wish to use them. Its activities are always in need of further funds.   We need your help to work effectively in extending to Deaf people, and particularly the users of Auslan, the knowledge and skills which empower them to be active participants in the wider culture. Our organisation is small so our activities are highly targeted to areas where we can make a difference.

In its 21st year, the Ozanam Lecture (now 'Conversation') series welcomed Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv, former Melbourne auxiliary Bishop and now Bishop of Parramatta, and Australian journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue to discuss the topic ‘What it means to be a Catholic organisation in a post-Royal Commission world’. The event, organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society, took place at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne on 26 April and honours Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of the Society (at age 20), who devoted his life in France to serving people in poverty and want.
 
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is hosting a conversation on forced marriage, slavery and family violence on Thursday 7 June 2018, from 5.30pm-7.30pm, at Melbourne Town Hall (90-130 Swanston Street). The evening will begin with a keynote presentation by human rights champion Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, followed by a panel discussion on the link between forced marriage, slavery and family violence with leaders in policy and practice. Book your tickets here.
As we commemorate ANZAC day on 25 April, our friends at Villa Maria Catholic Homes shared this beautiful story about one of their residents, Frank Smolen, and one of their volunteers, Gary McNabb.
The John Pierce Centre (JPC) is a not for profile organisation interconnected to the Catholic church, providing pastoral care and family support to Deaf people and their families throughout Victoria. The JPC is seeking a Strategic Implementation Coordinator, who will assist the pastoral team in delivering pastoral care and support to the Deaf community. Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 28 May 2018.  |  Click here for full role description. 

A three-part weekly series focusing on stories of struggle and hope emerging from the work of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in the Australian context will be held on Tuesdays, between 2pm-4pm on 8, 15 & 22 May 2018 at Kildara Centre (rear 39 Stanhope St, Malvern). Suggested donation: $10 per session. RSVP: kildara@netspace.net.au; 9509 7906
 
 


 

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