Sydney’s Jesuit Social Ministries meet to explore ways they can collaborate to achieve their missions

Sydney's Social Jesuit Ministries come together

We look forward to continuing working closely with Jesuit Mission, JSS and the Cardoner Project and finding increased pathways for collaboration

Last week, JRS Australia, Jesuit Mission Australia, Jesuit Social Services (JSS) and the Cardoner Project met to learn more about each other’s important work and to explore further ways we can collaborate more closely together in the future.

This meeting of Social Ministries from the Jesuit Province of Australia in Sydney kicked off with a visit to Arrupe Place and JRS’ community centre where we were able to share the importance of our mission, to accompany, advocate and serve people seeking asylum especially in Australia.

After this, we were invited to visit the other ministries, learning about the scope and scale of their work in addressing serious global and national crises. The visits to JRS’ community centre, Ignite food store (a JSS social enterprise in Mt Druitt), as well as another JSS social inclusion project in Mt. Druitt, demonstrated how deeply committed our ministries are to providing on-the-ground support for some of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Most importantly all projects confirmed our joint commitment to providing services that the people we serve find meaningful.

Who are the other ministries and what do they do?

  • Jesuit Mission Australia partners with Jesuits and other companions overseas to empower women, men and children living on the frontiers so they can liberate themselves from poverty and injustice through participation in programs that build skills, capacity and resilience to live full and free lives.
  • Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. Partnering with community to support those most in need, JSS works to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.
  • The Cardoner Project is a not-for-profit, student-focused hub for volunteering, founded in 2010 by Jesuit priest, Fr David Braithwaite SJ. Their mission is to deepen the human, spiritual and intellectual formation of young adults, grounding them in a love of the poor in the service of the Church.

Our commitment toward creating a better future for those we serve through collaboration and a sharing of ideas

During the course of the day all Jesuit Social Ministries made a commitment toward creating a better future for those we serve through collaboration and a more regular sharing of ideas and information.

“At JRS, we were delighted to host other Jesuit Social Ministries to celebrate the fantastic work being done by each ministry as well as the commitment and dedication of all staff and volunteers,” said Carolina Gottardo, the director of JRS Australia. “We also enjoyed visiting the other ministries and seeing their inspiring work. We look forward to continuing working closely with Jesuit Mission, JSS and the Cardoner Project and finding increased pathways for collaboration.”

The same Christian values

The day as a was a happy gathering of cousins, connected by Ignatian values, and a proud history and tradition of Jesuit missions.

Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

As Christians, we realise that God calls for us to work together to serve him by taking care of those most vulnerable and at the fringes of our society. Working together can double our strength allowing us to achieve more for the people we serve, whether through collaboration or the sharing of information and ideas.

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