Australian Catholic Religious
Against Trafficking in Humans
Newsletter August 2018
ACRATH’s week of advocacy in the Australian Parliament in 2018 saw a team of 14 ACRATH members and colleagues in Canberra to advocate for improved approaches to combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking and slavery-like practices, and forced marriage. Several weeks of preparation at ACRATH’s office preceded the team’s arrival in Canberra for an afternoon of orientation, preparation and training. A full schedule in the following days saw us meet for focused conversation and advocacy with Members of Parliament and government officers. This year 12 of our meetings were with Ministers, Ministerial advisers and Shadow Ministers.
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In 2017 Pope Francis wrote "Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty....This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to interpret, with the help of the Holy Spirit, ever since my visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013. "
During Migrant and Refugee Week 2018, Catholics are being asked to reflect on Pope Francis' 2017 call for a shared response to
'welcome, protect, promote, and integrate
migrants, displaced people, refugees, and
victims of human trafficking'.
You are urged to respond to this call during this week
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Oceania Province Weekly News August 17th
- The Congregation Leadership Group meeting in Rome
Generative Listening: the single most powerful transformational behaviour.
Matthieu Daum (facilitator) believes Generative Listening can change the way organizational members relate to each other that results in a huge release of meaning, energy and creativity, and, at times, healing. Matthieu encouraged the CLG, as leaders, to embody their role primarily through listening rather than through controlling and / or giving advice. The whole dynamics at work can then move towards collaboration and engagement, leading to new ways of working together, new activities, and new sources of performance.
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Last Tuesday saw us load our 70 brave householders (elderly, disabled and female-headed) with 10 kg of fertilisers, a watering can, a sprayer - and 3 packets of precious seeds. And off they went, trudging through the sand in little caravans, the women carrying the sacks on their head, with a child on their back, and their free hand clutching a watering can or an older child.
- Edmund Rice Foundation (Kenya)
It’s official! Edmund Rice Foundation (Kenya) has now been registered as a foreign branch office of Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia), or ERFA as it is usually known to us. The establishment and operation of the office has been made possible with the very generous support of a long-time donor, Mr Steve Graham. The Nairobi office will be headed by ERFA’s Africa Development Manager, Mr Richard Patris Okoth, who will report to ERFA’s Programs Director, Emily Faller, in Brisbane.
- Book Review: HEARTS BURNING WITHIN US
Written by Peter Malone MSC and Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC
The apt title of this book derives from Luke’s account of the meeting en route to
Emmaus between the risen Jesus and two of his disciples who later remarked, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ (24:32).
The book outlines in a highly structured manner a programme that would make an enriching resource for scripture-based prayer for small groups. It could also be used to good effect for private prayer. In ten sections which take account of the principal liturgical seasons of the Church’s year, it offers material for 50 prayer sessions, arranged in groupings of five.
- Two Brothers died in Oceania last week
Br Fergus Gagen died in Brisbane and Br Geoff Seaman died in Perth. May they rest in peace.
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PCP Welcomes Newest Patrons Cardinal Rabat and Dr O'Brien
PCP Patron Cardinal Rabat Archbishop of Port Moresby since 2008 and Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Battista de’ Rossi since 2016
Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) is excited to announce our newest patrons committed to finding a global solution for vulnerable Pacific Island states in the face of climate change!
Cardinal Ribat, Archbishop of Port Moresby since 2008 and Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Battista de’ Rossi since 2016, has agreed to be a patron of PCP and we’re very happy to have him with us. Cardinal Ribat is a dedicated advocate for the people and families threatened by sea-level rise and as the first Catholic Church Cardinal for Papua New Guinea's (PNG) he is a part of spreading acknowledgment of the church in “small places” and has helped to put places like PNG and the issues facing them on the global stage.
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Training for Kiribi Leaders
In February, the Pacific Calling Partnership hosted eight leaders from Kiribati for the Australian Awards Fellowship, which was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Topics covered included Critical Reflection, Resilience and Social and Emotional Well-being, Australian Studies, Climate Change, Leading In Organisations, Leading with Moral Purpose, Monitoring and Evaluation and Mentoring. The group visited Canberra to meet with Members of Parliament and went to Newcastle to see the coal mines that have contributed to the challenges the people of Kiribati face.