Congratulations! AMDG

Saturday 14 November 2020

Congratulations Fr Eka Tanaya SJ who was ordained into the priesthood earlier today, in Melbourne, Vic.

Eka

Next Australian Provincial appointed

Provincial

Fr Dominic Vu Kim Quyen was born in Saigon and came as a refugee with his family to Australia. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and was ordained in 2004. He took final vows in 2014. His early tertiary studies were in Science, Theology and Education.

He has been serving in Cambodia since 2015 and is currently Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education of the Jesuit Mission in Cambodia and director of Xavier Jesuit School Svey Sisophon. He previously served in Timor Leste and completed post-graduate studies in Education in Boston 2009-11.

He will assume this new role on January 1, 2021.

Let us pray for him in his new appointment and for the people of Cambodia whom he has been serving. Let us welcome his return and the gifts he brings us. 

Fr Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial

 

 

Social Justice Statement 2020 - 2021

To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools and communities. In fact, most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point over the course of our lives. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. Our parishes, organisations and communities can be places of acceptance care and healing, not places of rejection, judgment or stigma.

In the Social Justice Statement To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, the Bishops welcome the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care in Australia. However, without adequately funded community mental health services, there is a gap in the system through which people continue to fall. Social determinants including poverty, living conditions, and personal security are significant contributors to mental ill-health. The Statement highlights the experience of First Nations people and communities, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are homeless and those who are in prison.

The Bishops observe that “our society tends to draw away from, or to push away, those who confront us with our frailties and limitations” which is “completely at odds with the story of Jesus” who “takes on the frailty of the human condition” and ”draws near to those who are sick or who have disabilities, those who are marginalized or despised”. People living with mental ill-health are part of the Body of Christ – ‘us’ and not ‘them’ – and share equally in Jesus’ promise of the fullness of life (Jn 10:10).

The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community.

 

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