Journey with Refugees and People Seeking Protection

Bishop of Parramatta with staff from jesuit refugee service launching their social justice campaign to help refugees and people seeking asylum

From left to right: JRS Australia Director Carolina Gottardo, Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Vincent Long and Manager of the Arrupe Project, Maeve Brown

 The aim of the Journey according to the diocese is to “galvanise a Diocese-wide, faith-filled urge to bring about a community and political culture that values fair and compassionate treatment of people seeking refuge and protection in Australia”.

Supporters and friends of JRS are invited to attend the launch of a year long Journey, “Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection”, which is being initiated by the Parramatta Catholic Diocese.

The aim of the Journey according to the diocese is to “galvanise a Diocese-wide, faith-filled urge to bring about a community and political culture that values fair and compassionate treatment of people seeking refuge and protection in Australia”.

 

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Matthew 25:35

 The event details

When: Sunday 27 August 2017 from 2pm to 4pm

Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 7 Grantham Street, Seven Hills

Who: The Journey will be launched by Bishop Vincent Long, Bishop of Parramatta with special guest speaker Father Tom Smolich SJ, International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services.

RSVP: Please RSVP online or phone the Diocesan Social Justice Office on 02-8838 3461.

A Christian stance toward refugees and asylum seekers

“As Christians we cannot remain content with the status quo, especially when that status quo is less than what God wants for us as individuals and as a community,” said Bishop Vincent Long

Following the launch, the Diocesan Social Justice Office will be initiating a series of community conversations across every parish and every school within the Diocese. These conversations will be held in collaboration with several partner agencies already working in the field including JRS Australia.

These conversations will be key in garnering a better understanding among Catholics in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains as to the plight and struggles being face by people seeking asylum in Australia.

If you would like to attend the Journey launch please RSVP online or phone the Diocesan Social Justice Office on 02-8838 3461.

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