As part of its ongoing acknowledgement of and to seek atonement for the devastation caused to victims and survivors of abuse, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is facilitating a Lina’s Project regional event at St Joseph’s Church in East Maitland on 21 February.
To build on the work of Lina’s Project – which aims to acknowledge the devastation caused to victims and survivors of abuse, their families, friends and the whole community and seek atonement – the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be facilitating two regional events in February and March.
Last September the diocese facilitated a launch event for Lina’s Project at Newcastle City Hall. Over 500 people, including victims and survivors, their families and friends, clergy, religious, parishioners, principals, teachers, diocesan staff and members of the wider community were in attendance.
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In September the launch event for The Atonement: Lina’s Project took place at Newcastle City Hall. It was arguably the first time a Catholic diocese had facilitated a project conceived by a victim of child sexual abuse.
It would have been difficult not to have heard something over the past few months about The Atonement: Lina’s Project if you live in Newcastle, the Hunter or Manning regions. Throughout July, August and September a mysterious penguin and egg started appearing on billboards, TV screens, in newspapers and magazines, as well as in social media feeds. Lina, who conceived the event, was interviewed by The Star and 1233 ABC.