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Also of interest….
Australian Catholic University's Theology and Philosophy faculty is hosting a short course in Fitzroy on the Passion of Jesus. The course will be run over four consecutive Wednesday evenings, commencing on 8 March, and will look at how each of the Gospels understand the Passion of Jesus; the question of why Jesus was tried and convicted; What is the meaning of Jesus' suffering? and Why did Jesus Die?
Pope Francis has designated the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, which falls on 8 February, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Theme of this year’s Feast Day celebrations, which are likely to be celebrated at Masses on the weekend of February 11 and 12, is: They are children! Not slaves!
Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has released a letter today, 2 February, offering his apologies once again on behalf of the Catholic Church for the hurt and pain caused by the sexual abuse of children.
The letter comes in the lead up to the final hearing involving the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, which commences in Sydney on 6 February 2017, and which is expected to conclude at the end of February.
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.

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