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 “… the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion”  Pope Francis, 2015

Parish leaders and members are invited to join other parishes in considering how we can all better care for our common home, the Earth. Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a parish forum, Living Laudato Si', on Saturday 14 September at St Ambrose Community Centre, 259A Sydney Road, Brunswick, 9am-1pm. This practical and interactive forum will assist participants and parishes respond to this summons, and will also identify practical actions that can be taken by individuals, families and our parishes.
 

On a pleasant late winter’s day fourteen people attended the Walking on the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshop at Amberley Centre, Lower Plenty. There was a mix of teachers and social service personnel who attended the day.
Chris Lowney is a noted author and speaker on leadership and Ignatian Spirituality. He is vice chair of CommonSpirit Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the USA. He will be in Melbourne from 5 - 11 September 2019 providing a range of lectures, workshops and breakfast briefings for those interested in leadership and spirituality. All are welcome! Download flyer here, which outlines all of the events and booking details.
Catholic Social Services Victoria invites members, friends and those we work with to our Annual Dinner on Friday 30 August 2019 at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne, 6.30pm for 7pm. This is an opportunity to celebrate our work and to strengthen the links between those who are active within our broad community of service. The dinner will also be an occasion to honour Sr Brigid Arthur csb with Life Membership of Catholic Social Services Victoria; and an occasion to farewell our outgoing Executive Director, Denis Fitzgerald.  Download flyer, here.
Members and friends are cordially invited to join with Catholic Social Services Victoria for a lunchtime briefing on Wednesday 28 August, on #JusticeSolutions: lessons from New Zealand led by colleagues at Jesuit Social Services. New Zealand has introduced a number of innovations in many aspects of their justice system, and a program of reform that is “about developing long-term solutions to keep people safe, allow communities to thrive, and build a justice system that we can all be proud of."
 
Chris Lowney is a noted author and presenter on leadership, and holds senior leadership roles in the Catholic health sector in the USA.
We are delighted that Chris will join us for a breakfast briefing on Friday 6 September on the topic 'Shared Leadership: Insights and Challenges for Catholic Services'. 
We're delighted to welcome renowned author and speaker, Chris Lowney, to address a breakfast gathering on Monday 9 September for young professionals working within Catholic organisations, social services, missions and ministries who are interested in growing as a leader in this fast-paced, rapidly changing and complex 21st century.
Each Winter, on any night across Victoria around 1,100 homeless people including women, children, young and older people and people with disabilities have to “sleep rough” in city parks, car parks, bushland areas and coastal reserves. Our upcoming parish forum, 'Homelessness: Preparing for 2020' on Tuesday 24 September 2019 will bring together people to begin to prepare for next Winter, and to make the connections with other parishes, churches and groups that will make next year’s Winter Shelter a success in as many areas as can be reached. 

You are invited to participate in the next Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshop on Thursday 29 August 2019. This workshop will begin with a guided Yarra River walk at Amberley Centre, 7 Amberley Way, Lower Plenty.

 Implementing the Bishops' Social Justice Statement. What are the key issues we face in relation to housing in Australia?
What Action can individuals and parishes take to address housing, stress and homelessness in their communities?
 

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