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ACRATH has launched its fundraising appeal and hopes to raise more than $100,000 in the lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The money will help ACRATH maintain vital programs to combat human trafficking, especially forced marriage and forced labour. While you are reading this, the marriage of a teenage schoolgirl in Australia is being planned by her family. She will most likely have never met the groom and she will have no say in the marriage. If she objects to the marriage she risks rejection by her family and community. But thankfully she will not be left alone and homeless.

We are pleased to announce that GriefLine, one of our Catholic Social Services Victoria Member Organisations, has recently received funding for new children and youth counselling programs.


Parents give their children so much as they grow. Maybe that is why it is so hard for many of them to receive care from their children in their senior years. That is especially true if children have to take on the tough conversation about moving into residential aged care.  Community nurse, Suzanne Tatnell, says that even though her job put her into contact with older people in aged care, it was still difficult when she had to head down that path with her own mum.
If you or your loved one is thinking about aged care and not sure where to start, contact Villa Maria Catholic Homes, a  Catholic not-for-profit organisation, providing services to 7,600 people across Victoria.


June 11-17 is Men’s Health Week, which aims to raise awareness and prevention of men’s health issues and to celebrate men’s roles within the community. Catholic not-for-profit, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, runs a Men’s Shed in Wantirna, which has provided a safe-haven for men for more than a decade.

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.

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