Former SFX student embraces Diocesan Pastoral Placement Program

Elizabeth “Lizy” Melville is a former student of St Francis Xavier College, Hamilton. Lizy completed her HSC in 2014, and this year, has been employed by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the Pastoral Placement Program.

Lizy has been part of the Program since February 2015 and has experienced placements at the Chancery, Mission to Seafarers, Penola House and Mum’s Cottage. Lizy is very eager to get to her next placement in a Catholic school in September.

When asked how she would describe the Pastoral Placement Program, Lizy replied that “it gave me a chance to figure out what to do”, as she explained that she didn’t know what to do when she finished school in 2014.

Lizy was asked whether she would encourage other school leavers to apply for the program next year. Lizy joyfully exclaimed “Yeah. 100%. I’m very happy”. Lizy went on to explain that “It’s paid work and I’m learning from it – and it still has a bit of structure to it like school.”

When asked, Lizy also described how the Pastoral Placement Program has helped her decide what to do in the future, Lizy explained that “through going to the different placements, you get to do different ministries. It’s like a lot of different work placements. This has helped expose my strengths and weaknesses.”

Applications for the Pastoral Placement Program 2016 are now open. Learn more about the placement and how to apply.

Photo: Lizy with other Pastoral Placement Participants working from the CatholicCare Night Care Van

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Melissa Fenech is one of the Supervisors in the Pastoral Placement Program. She is filling in for Teresa for this week's Tuesdays with Teresa column.

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