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Also of interest….
Click here for a reflection from Helen Cooney, who asks who are the vulnerable people in our changing environment. This is based on remarks from Helen, a member of Council at Catholic Social Services Victoria, to a December 2016 planning day.
The Catholic Bishops of Australia have invited Catholics from across the land to celebrate a Year of Youth from the beginning of Advent 2017 to the end of 2018. To launch the Year of Youth, the Bishops have also extended an invitation to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, 7-9 December 2017, in Sydney.
Congratulations to all who received Australia Day awards on Thursday 26 January. In a particular way though, Catholic Social Services Victoria congratulates Sr Mary O’Shannassy SGS, Director of Catholic Prison Ministry Victoria, Norm Banner, former chair of Southern Cross Care, Phil Glendenning, a great contributor on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and Vinnies Victoria volunteers, Ken Wilson and John O’Laughlin, along with the conference members in Rochester who have received Australia Day honours for their contributions to those in need.
Vale Fr Joe McMahon, who died at St Vincent’s Private Hospital on Friday 20 January, aged 80 years. He was a true champion of justice, and an inspirational chaplain in youth justice, particularly in his care for each person and working with young people to help build a pathway to adult life.
Many of us in Catholic social services, including many leaders and his nephew Fr Joe Caddy, looked up to Fr Joe as a model and an inspiration. Through the impact he has had on so many, we are all in his debt. He is now at peace.
A silent vigil will be held at 7.30am on Friday 3 February to commemorate the execution of Ronald Ryan, which took place 50 years to that day.
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The Victorian Family Law Pathways Network has brought David Mandel to Australia to run this workshop for 1 day only.

The Safe and Together Model is a perpetrator pattern based, child centred, survivor strengths approach to working with domestic violence.Developed originally for child welfare systems, it has policy and practice implications for a variety of professionals and systems including domestic violence advocates, family service providers, courts, evaluators, domestic violence community collaboratives and others.

The Harvard Club of Victoria provides funding to up to three Chief Executive Officers of non-profit organisations based in Victoria to attend the one week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management ("SPNM") in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July.
The 'Mission: one heart many voices' conference will be held in Sydney from 15-17 May 2017, with the aim to celebrate and identify the graces, the inspiration and the challenges of living the joy of the Gospel and God’s mission of mercy in Australia and globally.
The conference is for those who are inspired to strive creatively for justice, peace, reconciliation and God’s mission of mercy. It is a unique opportunity to listen, converse and experience the many and diverse voices that are an expression of the one heart of mission.
In September the Australian Catholic Bishops' Social Justice Statement was titled A Place at the Table: Social Justice in an Aging Society.  In responding to this statement the Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission is asking families in the community to consider whether there might be an extra place at their Christmas dinner table for an elderly relative, friend or neighbour who may otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.
This is a fantastic initiative! We hope people in all communities will consider extending such an invitation!
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.

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