Over two days this week past and present trainers and Co-ordinators joined with Seasons for Growth Companions, Priests, parishioners, CSO and diocesan personnel to celebrate 20 years of the Seasons for Growth program.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck north-east of Rome, 11 km from Norcia, Italy.
In this Year of Mercy, with many newly arrived migrants and refugees in Australia, we must enact a culture of encounter, welcome and acceptance in practical, personal and communal ways, says Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv.
Participants in the Pastoral Placement program have spent the last three days attending the Caritas Young Adults Global Justice Workshop in Sydney. The workshop is open to young adults from all over the country and is intended to provide participants with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the work CARITAS carries out globally.
It was entirely fitting that the inaugural Cathedral Lecture, initiated by Dean of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rev Andrew Doohan, should be delivered by Rev Dr Richard Lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, and a priest of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.