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Also of interest….
People experiencing short and long-term homelessness face increasing challenges according to an expert panel that addressed the recent Annual General Meeting of Catholic Social Services Victoria. Increased awareness and continued advocacy are key elements of an effective response to this situation.
 
For the Feast of St Joseph the Worker on 1 May, the Chairman of Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv is calling for an urgent increase in minimum wages and the Newstart Allowance. Australia is facing a wage crisis, Bishop Long writes in his pastoral letter, A Fair Day's Pay - for the dignity of the worker and good of all. Read the full pastoral letter, here.
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.

On 26 April 2018 Wungurilwil Gapgapduir was launched at Parliament House Melbourne. This is the name given to the new Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement Strategic Action Plan which is a partnership between the Victorian Government,Victorian Aboriginal communities and the child and family services sector. Wungurilwil Gapgapduir are the Latji Latji words for “strong families”.

 

The University of Divinity's Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP) invites you, to two important and different events to be held on Friday 1 June at Collins Street Baptist Church (174 Collins Street, Melbourne).
 
1.       A two-hour interactive seminar from 3:30-5:30pm on Friday 1/6 on Religious Liberty with Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, to give an in-depth view of the Ruddock Report to be released on 18 May of this year.


2.       The second annual RASP Public Conversation will be held in the church from 6:30-8:30pm, on the topic Religious Liberty.


 

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. 
St John of God Health Care is a leading health care provider, with private and public hospitals, home nursing and Social Outreach services throughout Australia. With over 120 years' experience in health care, St John of God have an excellent reputation as a caring, nurturing and supportive employer. Learning is highly valued and there are many opportunities for professional development.
The Victorian Catholic leadership network might be interested in participating in 'Presentation Plus', a training program in presentation skills and public leadership on Tuesday-Wednesday, 13-14 March 2018, 9am - 5pm, in Sydney. Download flyer, here.
Catholic Health Australia invite participation in a seminar on 15 February that will focus on care in a diverse society, and suffering, dying and individual autonomy. Dr Carol Taylor, International Catholic Ethicist, will be joined by Melbourne-based ethicist Fr Kevin McGovern and Palliative care specialist Dr Natasha Michael in presenting the seminar. Download flyer here.

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