Thank you: Our Diocese’s incredible support of Project Compassion

During the six weeks of Lent, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle threw its support behind Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion.

On Shrove Tuesday in February, a launch event was hosted at Sacred Heart Cathedral that saw hundreds of community members, school students, and staff fill the cathedral to raise funds and awareness of the campaign.

Every year, Project Compassion brings together thousands of Australians to raise much-needed funds to help alleviate poverty, promote justice, and uphold dignity in the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the world.

For over half a century, generations of Australians have participated in the initiative, which began in 1965, making it one of the nation’s longest-running charity campaigns. Over the years it has served to teach people all over Australia about the people, families, and communities impacted by their generosity.

Diocese staff also participated in a Holy Week initiative called Pray, Pay, Carry around the grounds of the cathedral.

The event raised $1,198 and included a relay around the grounds of the Cathedral with staff carrying buckets of water to “walk a mile in their shoes”, of people living in extremely difficult conditions.

Mission Facilitator at Caritas Australia, Michael McGirr, said they are incredibly thankful for the support they’ve received.

“We are immensely grateful to all those communities who share the peace and hope that comes from our faith in the risen Lord through supporting Project Compassion,” he said.

“Our sixtieth anniversary has been a special time for us. We try to be a little like Simon of Cyrene, helping those who carry the cross in this day and age.”

For information about how you can continue to support Caritas Australia, visit

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