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.
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.
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.
On Friday 15 September the Catholic Diocese of Maitland - Newcastle will facilitate a victim-led community event of atonement. Lina, a victim of abuse at the hands of a member of clergy in the diocese conceived this event as a means by which she could regain a measure of trust in the Church and some healing for our whole community.
You often find, as a resident of the Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions, that when you meet somebody new, you have someone in common. Their best friend used to date your friend’s brother or their aunty is related to your second cousin. If it’s six degrees of separation in big cities then it’s more like two degrees of separation for us. Our community is connected. We know each other.