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Holding the Light is an annual ecumenical service to remember victims and survivors of family and domestic violence. This year, the service will be held on Sunday 29th November, at 2:30pm at St Peter's Eastern Hill, East Melbourne.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the numbers allowed to gather in person may be restricted, so please register your interest with TryBooking, and more details will be provided to you closer to the time.  The service will also be live-streamed and recorded on the St Peter's Facebook Page and St Peter's YouTube channelDownload flyer.

Catholic Social Services Victoria's latest book, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion was launched virtually on November 11 by Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Published by Connor Court, the book draws together an edited collection of keynotes, workshops and panel discussions that were presented at the national Catholic social services conference held earlier this year in Melbourne, which saw more than 280 participants attend from across Australia and New Zealand. Purchase the book here

Holding the Light is an annual ecumenical service to remember victims and survivors of family and domestic violence. This year, the service will be held on Sunday 29th November, at 2:30pm at St Peter's Eastern Hill, East Melbourne. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the numbers allowed to gather in person may be restricted, so please register your interest with TryBooking, and more details will be provided to you closer to the time. The service will also be live-streamed and recorded on the St Peter's Facebook Page and St Peter's YouTube channelDownload flyer.

The 2020 Knox Public Lecture will feature Sheree Limbrick, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) speaking on the topic 'Safe Church: Commitment, awareness and action for cultural change'. The free event will be held online on Thursday 5th November 2020, 7:00pm-8:30pm. Register here.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Elder abuse, whilst seldom talked about, is more common than we know. It may be perpetrated by a family member, friend, neighbour or carer, and may take various forms, such as physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.

Join us at the national Catholic social services conference dinner on Thursday 27 February 2020, from 6.30pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. The dinner is part of the national conference, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion, however, all are welcome. Bookings are essential! Cost for the dinner: $75 per person. Bookings close 19th February 2020.
Effective engagement with the media is essential for those working in Catholic social services. Mobilising Media for Mission and Advocacy, on Friday 28 February, from 2pm-4pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne, will be an informative, practical and inspiring forum, involving interaction with media professionals to gain insight into how to engage with the media effectively to advance the mission of Catholic social services, and how to effect powerful advocacy. All welcome!

Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Catholic Social Services Australia will host a forum, Beyond Surviving to Truthfully Thriving: Continuing our Journey of Listening in Truth and Justice, on Wednesday 26 February, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne. The forum will draw on the enduring wisdom, strength and resilience of our First Peoples. Through stories, inspiration and challenge we will reflect on the past 10 years of Closing the Gap and see the way forward together guided by the principles of empowerment and self-determination. 

Due to public health guidelines and the state of emergency that has been declared in Victoria in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Catholic Social Services Victoria will be presenting our 2020 program of Mission Inspired Leadership evenings online via Zoom 3 September; 24 September; 29 October; 26 November.
2019 has been a fantastic year with four different events focused on young professionals and emerging leaders engaged in Catholic social services. Organised by the Emerging Leaders Network, which is auspiced by Catholic Social Services Victoria, young professionals and emerging leaders are invited to an end of year / Christmas catchup on Wednesday 18 December, 5.30pm-8.30pm, at A Hereford Beefstouw, 22 Duckboard Place, Melbourne.

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