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The upcoming national Catholic social services conference, Hearing Healing Hope (21-23 February 2018) aims to provide a space and opportunity for those working or volunteering in Catholic social services, to gather to reflect, discuss and plan the way forward for our for ourselves as individuals, as organisations, and as a sector. Social service organisations are an outstanding example of the Catholic church in action in Australia, however we face many challenges in our quest to respond to the signs of the times, and to be beacons of healing and hope - Friday's series of forums aim to address this question in particular. Participants can choose from a variety of workshops and main forums.
View the full program, here    
Online registrations have now closed. For any registration queries, please email Lucia.Brick@css.org.au 
A range of important workshops that focus on the various issues facing the Catholic social services sector have been implemented at our upcoming national conference, Hearing Healing Hope (21-23 February 2018 at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne). People can attend the conference as a whole, or attend just the workshops session on the Thursday afternoon (for $100). The full program can be viewed here, however, below is an outline of the workshops on offer. ONLINE BOOKINGS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services Australia has wished all working and serving in Catholic social services a happy new year in this video message recently released.
 
In the video message, Fr Frank outlines some of the latest news affecting Catholic Social services in Australia, as well as important upcoming events, including the national Catholic social services conference, Hearing Healing Hope, from 21-23 February at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. Find out more, and register for the conference here.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is one of the major Australian reform programs of recent decades, promising to transform the provision of support for people with disability.

With the transition to NDIS well-underway, Catholic social service providers met on 15 December to take stock of progress and of issues faced in providing the services that are needed.

There is much work to be done.

Catholic Social Services Victoria recently hosted a day of reflection and engagement with the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching in the light of Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Eighteen participants from as far as Brisbane, Bairnsdale, Warrnambool and Wangaratta joined Melbourne colleagues at St. Joseph’s By The Sea, Williamstown on Tuesday 27 November for this final Catholic Social Teaching workshop for 2017.
Do you intend to write letters to your MP on burning issues, but never translate it into action? Here’s your chance! Catholic Social Services Victoria's Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program is hosting a lunchtime letter writing session on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 in East Melbourne.
Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters will host a Catholic Social Teaching Train the Trainer day on Tuesday 28 November from 9.30am to 4pm at St Joseph's by the Sea, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown. Titled, 'Catholic Social Teaching: A lived, reflective experience of the guiding principles', those responsible for mission and culture development within their organisations, are encouraged to attend.
We are in the midst of national Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October). It aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia. As part of Anti-Poverty Week, there are a number of events being hosted in Melbourne by Catholic Social Services Victoria, and our Member organisations, which aim to engage us more deeply with the challenge of poverty and our call to respond.
 

You are warmly welcomed to join us for an interactive forum on integral human development in Catholic social teaching: looking back to 1967, and looking forward in Australia today, within the context of the Australian Bishops' 2017 Social Justice Statement Everyone's Business, on Thursday 19 October, from 12pm - 2pm at Cardinal Knox Centre. Click here for the flyer. 

Fifty four people seeking asylum have left Manus Island and Nauru for the US. We don’t know how many will be accepted into the US, but it is likely that many hundreds will be left behind in Manus and Nauru in danger, with no hope and no future. Come to hear and discuss how parishes and communities can support asylum seekers already in our midst, and change our political parties’ policies towards asylum seekers.

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