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Interview: What is the NT Intervention?

Friday 1 September 2017

Media and Communications OfficeThis week, over 200 eminent Australians across the fields of law, health, academia and the arts called on the Federal Government to heed the pleas by Indigenous Elders for an immediate end to the discriminatory policies of the 2007 NT Intervention and legislation that followed.One of Australia’s leading authorities on remote Indigenous communities, Professor Jon Altman of Deakin University, who addressed the launch of the Concerned Australians initiative in Melbourne earlier this week, joined us to explain more fully the history of the Intervention, the...

Close up with our retired priests

Friday 1 September 2017

Media and Communications Office

With Father’s Day 2017 approaching this weekend, Melbourne Archdiocese Media and Communications Director Shane Healy spends some time at Justin Villa, in suburban Melbourne, one of many places where retired priests of the Archdiocese receive care, medical and physical support, accommodation and sustenance in their retirement.

We encourage your financial support, to ‘care for those who cared’ this Sunday, and invite you to meet two of our retired priests, Fathers Michael Mulcahy and Michael Wheeler, and just one of those now ministering to them, the wonderful Sister Maria Amalamo.

Father Gerard Dowling: 85 years on earth, 44 on air

Sunday 3 September 2017

Media and Communications Office

This weekend, Father’s Day brings with it special focus in the Catholic Church on the priests of the Archdiocese, particularly the retired priests, whose health may be failing and who have special needs, catered for by this year’s annual appeal for the Priests Retirement Foundation. 
One priest of the Archdiocese, however, despite his advancing years, seems far from retiring. Celebrating his 85th birthday this week, Father Gerard Dowling is notching up another remarkable milestone this weekend too. It’s the 44th anniversary of his ongoing radio program, ‘The Family Counsellor’, heard every Sunday evening from 10 o’clock on Melbourne’s RSN Radio Sport National.

A father’s spirit

Friday 1 September 2017


With Father's Day approaching, we spoke to Lulu Johnny, a CatholicCare Settlement Support Worker and Community Worker with our Alcohol and Other Drug Family Service. Here, he reflects on fatherhood and what it means for him – and the families we support.