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ACRATH Newsletter December 2016 includes information about recent and upcoming events including:

Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery.

If you are Catholic and single and want to meet mix with others like you in a relaxed and social environment, you are invited to Solo Catholic events.  

 

Fr Andy Hamilton SJ of Jesuit Social Services and Eureka Street has provided further comment on the recent statement released by the Victorian Bishops condemning family and domestic violence. Fr Andy identifies the need to build on the Bishops' statement, in the provision of support services, and in reflecting on the role of alcohol and of pornography in creating a culture within which violence can occur. 
 
Read Fr Andy's article in Eureka Street, here.
Jesuit Community College won five awards at the 2016 Community Work Partnerships Awards held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday 16 November. The awards celebrate and recognise hundreds of community work based programs conducted across Victoria.
St Mary's House of Welcome Art class participants have been busy preparing wheat packs, jewellery, cards, painted flower pots and decorated bags for their upcoming Christmas markets on 9 and 21 December. The markets will be held in front of St Mary’s House of Welcome, 165-169 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. All welcome.
McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and support hub for women who are homeless opened on 30 November, in Footscray. The $11m building has been largely funded through the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea ($7m) and the Victorian Labor Government ($4m).
World-renowned eco-theologian Fr Séan McDonagh delivered the 2016 Rerum Novarum Oration on the topic 'A New Day Dawns' based upon the call by St John Paul II for an “ecological conversion”.
The official respondent was Ms Jacqui Rémond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia.
The 2017 John Wallis Foundation Small Grants Program opened on 1 November 2016. This year, the focus is on disadvantaged rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. Grant guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the Johan Wallis Foundation website here.
Caitlin Burman is a teacher at MacKillop Specialist Primary School in Geelong. She and a team of dedicated teachers are working there with children who have suffered trauma and who have disengaged, or at risk of disengaging from mainstream education. Their dedication and passion for breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and despair through education, is inspirational! 
 
Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH) has developed a range of resources to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2016. The campaign calls on all of us to work together to stop the trafficking of girls and women, which is an extreme form of violence. Many face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.

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