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Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection

Posted 8 Aug 2017 03:00PM


Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta will launch an important, year-long Diocesan Journey "Walking with Refugees and Those Seeking Asylum" on Sunday 27 August 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Seven Hills – 2pm to 4pm.

Special guest speaker: Fr Tom Smolich SJ, new International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services.

The aim of the  Diocesan Journey will be to galvanise a widely shared and faith-filled urge to bring about a culture that values fair and compassionate treatment of people seeking refuge and protection in Australia.

"Firstly, it is time for us to deal decently and compassionately with people seeking protection - while still preventing people smuggling, saving lives at sea and maintaining the integrity of Australia's borders.

Secondly, it is time for us as a responsible world citizen, a wealthy and resourceful nation to develop the policies that enshrine the best of our traditions rather than the worst of our natures.

Most importantly, 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." (Bishop Long: Social Justice Letter, 27 July 2017)  

A feature of the afternoon on 27 August will be to hear personal stories from refugees and asylum seekers, as well as, the opportunity to join small group discussions to discern how best the Diocese may achieve its goal … particularly at a parish level.

If you would like to join with the Diocese at the launch, please contact Sr Louise McKeogh at the Social Justice Office on  8838 3461

or register online at: