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As part of our Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a forum for parishes, 'Helping our Refugee Families and Friends' on Saturday 25 August, at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 9.30am - 12.45pm. For more information, contact Adrian Foley: adrian.foley@css.org.au
 

An expectant group of fourteen people gathered on a grey morning at the Flagstaff Gardens in the city of Melbourne on 16 May for the first Catholic Social Teaching Walking On The Land workshop for 2018. This workshop is another in the collaborative venture of CSSV with Edmund Rice Ministries and Kildare Ministries. Two further workshops are scheduled for later in 2018 - 29 August and 28 November.

Together with ThinkPrevent, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a workshop on Bystander Intervention for parishes and those keen to respond, to the prevention of family violence and violence against women. The workshop will be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 6pm (for 6.30pm start). Dr Ree Boddé, CEO of ThinkPrevent will speak.

All are welcome to join our members, staff, leaders, volunteers and friends of Catholic Social Services agencies as we gather to celebrate our mission of justice and service. Proceedings commence at 5pm on Monday 30 April, and will be held in the Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Following the AGM, there will be a forum on Current Challenges around homelessness and housing. Click here for flyer. 
Together with Catholic Mission, we invite you to a day of reflection on our spiritual roots and our service to those on the margins with renowned author and speaker, Rev. Prof. Anthony Gittins CSSp, Professor Emertius of Theology and Culture at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, on Monday 21 May, 10.30 - 3.00pm in East Melbourne. This reflection is recommended for practitioners and leaders working in the service of the Gospel. Click here for more details and bookings.  

Catholic Social Services Victoria is pleased to announce that the fourth series of the Mission Inspired Leadership program will be conducted during 2018.  The dates for the program will be Thursday evenings: 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July.

Catholic Social Services Victoria's Easter newsletter contains an array of news and upcoming events both from us and from our member organisations including our submission to the 2018 state budget, Catholic Professional Standard's commitment to protecting children in church environments, McAuley Community Services for Women's on tackling loneliness, particularly among women affected by family and domestic violence.
Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters, is hosting a practical experience of applying the principles of Catholic social Teaching to promote the flourishing of creation and the building of a more just and compassionate society, with a guided Justice Walk through Melbourne Central Business District on Wednesday 16 May, from 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Pope Francis has challenged all of us with his action plan for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote and to Integrate. Unfortunately Australia’s sad treatment of Asylum Seekers continues, and so once again we find ourselves needing to make a public witness to 'Welcome the Stranger'. On Palm Sunday, 25th March 2018, there will be a Liturgy of Welcome in St Patrick's Cathedral from 1pm – 1.30pm. Following the Liturgy, we will walk as one Faith Community (down Lonsdale street) to join the larger Public Rally, which starts at 2pm at the State Library. Download flyer.

As part of our national Catholic social services conference, Hearing Healing Hope (from 21-23 February in Melbourne), Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO will be hosting a Masterclass on Pope Francis and Human Rights - Moving Justice and Solidarity from the Dictionary to the Workplace of Catholic Social Services. The Masterclass is open to everybody (not just conference participants!) On Friday 23 February 2018 at Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, from 2pm - 4pm. Cost is $100.

Book your place at the Masterclass here.     |       Enquiries: lucia.brick@css.org.au or phone (03) 9287 5566

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