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Bishop Peter Elliott blesses St Peter’s new columbarium in Clayton Bishop Peter Elliott blesses St Peter’s new columbarium in Clayton

Bishop Peter Elliott blesses St Peter’s new columbarium in Clayton

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Media and Communications Office In a special ceremony following Mass at St Peter’s Clayton on Sunday morning, Bishop Peter Elliott, auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, formally blessed the new columbarium facility at the church.A columbarium is a dedicated wall for the reserving of the ashes of the deceased, and, as Bishop Elliott pointed out in his homily, is in full accord with the recent guidelines from the Vatican on burial and cremation for Catholics.Bishop Elliott was concelebrating Sunday’s morning Mass with St Peter’s parish priest, Father Stephen Kandarapally....

New garden is accessible to all

Monday 21 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

From today, 21 August, to Sunday the 27th is Brain Injury Awareness Week in Australia – aimed at raising awareness and reducing the incidence of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in the community.

An acquired brain injury (ABI) cruelly takes away many of life’s simple pleasures. Daily routines, work and hobbies can all become too hard for people who have a severe ABI and they need help to do many things they once easily did on their own.

But now, a new accessible garden is giving 10 individuals with an ABI something wonderful back at their Austin Street Alphington home, run by not-for-profit disability service provider, Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH).

Edmund Rice Education Australia deputy principals’ conference

Thursday 17 August 2017

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Over fifty Deputy Principals and Heads of Campus from Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition from across Australia and New Zealand have gathered in Geelong this week for their annual conference. The conference was hosted by St Joseph’s College, Geelong, and the theme for this year was ‘Liberating Education through Partnership and Innovation’.

Keynote speakers included Susan Pascoe, the Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and Fr Richard Leonard, Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each of these speakers explored leadership in the context of faith based- schools and the treasures that a Catholic Identity can contribute to this leadership journey. The context of faith and religion in Australia today was examined, as well as the immense contribution of the Catholic Church to education, social welfare and volunteering.