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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


St Mary's House of Welcome is hosting its annual 'Feed Fitzroy' Trivia Night on Friday 18 May 2018 at St Brigid's Hall in North Fitzroy from 6pm. Enjoy an evening of good food, good friends and good times while raising money for its important work in assisting some of the most vulnerable in the local community. You can either get a team together, or join another team.
Book your table, here  |   Download poster, here
Join Sacred Heart Mission on Tuesday 1 May for its Dine with Heart Gala Dinner held on the stage of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, with meals created backstage by an ensemble of the city's top chefs! Starting at 7pm, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner (including drinks and entertainment) at the Dine with Heart Gala Fundraising Dinner. All profits help fund Sacred Heart Mission’s Meals Program. Cost: $220 each. Book your tickets here.
Inequality is rising, the strength of community is waning, and loneliness and social isolation is a problem that we must tackle together. This is particularly so for women and children who have experienced family violence. New social connections and relationships need to be forged; old ones must be rebuilt, writes CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women, Jocelyn Bignold, and Board member Dr Anita Morris in the March edition of Parity. Read the full text, here.
Produced by Stop the Traffik Australian Coalition, A Matter of Taste provides a benchmark of current industry efforts to address child labour. It examines how three different supply chain actors within the chocolate industry – certification bodies, chocolate manufacturers and cocoa production companies – are attempting to address the issue of child labour, worst forms of child labour and human trafficking on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Download a copy of the report via the ACRATH website, here.
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and renowned Australian broadcaster and journalist Geraldine Doogue will discuss 'What it means to be a Catholic welfare organistation in a post Royal Commission world' as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society's 2018 Ozanam Conversation on Thursday 26 April. This is a free event, at Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, 6pm for 6.30pm-7.45pm. Download flyer here

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