Social Justice PD Day for Teachers – 10 September 2018


34 social justice teachers from secondary colleges in the Archdiocese attended a Social Justice PD Day to break open the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2018 – 19 “A Place to Call Home”. Teachers reflected on ways in which they could use the Statement in their schools to begin conversations and commit to practical ways to help solve the issue. They also reflected on the good work their schools are already doing to raise awareness of homelessness.

Thank you to our presenters: Netty Horton - CEO CatholicCare, Sue Cattermore - CEO St Vincent De Paul Victoria, Mary Lam - Australian Catholic Housing Alliance, Claire-Anne Willis - Catholic Social Services Victoria and Jodie Henry - Villa Maria Catholic Homes.

Organised by the Justice Education in Catholic Schools (JECS) Committee of the Office for Justice and Peace.


Supporting Christ's Mission - 2 June 2018


People of many different faiths gathered together on Saturday 2 June for an ecumenical service in support of Christ’s Mission to the poor and marginalised. Supported by the Filipino chaplaincy, Australians for Philippine Human Rights and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Office for Justice and Peace, a group of dedicated people joined together at the Cardinal Knox Centre to support Sr Patricia Fox. 

Read more about the event: Melbourne Catholic article 

Students' Social Justice Day - 28 May 2018

Theme: “Leave your mark on history”

– Pope Francis, WYD Krakow 2016 Vigil Mass 

Read more about the day: Melbourne Catholic Article

Thank you to the 130 students and staff, representing 26 Catholic secondary colleges, who attended this day. Thank you to the justice organisations who ran workshops: Caritas, St Vincent De Paul Society, CatholicCare, Catholic Mission, Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking (ACRATH), Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, The Benenson Society, Young Christian Workers and Young Christian Students.

Organised by the Justice Education in Catholic Schools (JECS) Committee of the Office for Justice and Peace.


 "Called to Welcome and Protect" 


Thank you to all who participated including schools, parish groups, justice organisations and religious orders. We pray that the voices of those suffering in offshore detention centres will be heard. Enough is enough! Bring them here! 
Fr Joe Caddy PP EV - Homily: HERE
Melbourne Catholic Article with photos and videos: HERE
More photos: HERE

2018 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking - Thursday 8 February

 More photos: CLICK HERE

"… the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery, violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity." Pope Francis 

In 2015, Pope Francis declared 8th February each year (the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan) to be the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. About 40 million people around the world today are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. On Thursday 8th February 2018, around 200 people gathered in St. Patrick's Cathedral for Holy Hour and Mass as a means of fulfilling Pope Francis’ desire to end this scourge. The Principal Celebrant was Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar of Social Services and Justice and was joined by Fr Stephen Majwok of the Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan, Deacon George Piech Meat, Chaplain to the South Sudanese Catholic Community and Deacon Jim Curtain, Diocesan Director of Caritas Australia. Each of those present, individually, committed themselves to making ethical choices to end modern slavery as well as collectively, as the Archdiocese will move towards ending modern slavery.

Thank you to the South Sudanese Catholic Community including St. Bahkita Choir, Archdiocesan Office for Youth, Australian Catholic Religious against Human Trafficking and the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office for helping to put on a such wonderful celebration for St. Josephine Bahkita's Feast.

 For further information on this important issue visit:


2017 Rerum Novarum Oration

Full text of Fr Frank Brennan's Oration: 
Watch the 2017 Oration HERE 
110 years after Justice Higgins decided that wages at a factory in Sunshine should be based on the cost of living for a worker and his family, our annual social justice lecture will focus on the just wage. Open to all those concerned with the Church’s Social Teaching on the Dignity and Purpose of Human Work. It will be of particular interest to teachers and students of Economics, Politics and Religious Studies. 


Social Justice Statement 2017/18

Everyone’s Business:
Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy


In this year’s Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–18, the Bishops call for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

Australia has experienced a quarter of a century of continuous economic growth, but the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. In our workplaces, conditions and security of employment have been eroded, while those who are unemployed subsist on incomes well below poverty levels. Australia is experiencing a housing crisis. And our Indigenous brothers and sisters struggle with economic and social burdens that most Australians cannot imagine.

In the light of these challenges, the Statement calls us to build an economy founded on true solidarity with those who are most vulnerable. Such a society will reject an ‘ideology of the market’ that forgets the principles of justice and equity. Justice must be built into the very foundations of our community, and business can work for everybody’s benefit, not just for shareholders. The excluded and vulnerable must have a voice in decision-making. God is calling us to use his bounty wisely, for the good of all and of our planet.

Ahead of Social Justice Sunday on 24 September, Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar of Social Services, Justice and Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, launched the Statement in our Archdiocese at the St. Francis' Pastoral Centre in Melbourne CBD. Photos HERE. Article HERE.

Each one of us has a responsibility to place Catholic Social Teaching in action in the economic life of our community!

To order copies of the Statement for your parish, school or community, and to download useful resources to assist in putting the statement into action visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website. (

Information on the Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Bill: – Archdiocesan website: Promote Care, Oppose Euthanasia - HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

You are encouraged to read the Social Justice Statement 2016/17: “A place at the table: Social Justice in an ageing society”


Student Social Justice Day – 29 May 2017 


Thank you to all the schools who participated in Student Day at the Australian Catholic University. Thank you also to Michael Walter from the St. Vincent De Paul Society, who gave a very thought-provoking opening presentation based on his life experiences and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and to all the organisations who held workshops. We hope that the students and teachers were inspired and ready to do great social justice works in their schools.

Schools represented:
Emmanuel College
Simonds Catholic College
Antonine College
Mount St Josephs Girls College
St. Joseph's College Geelong
Parade College
Assumption College
MacKillop College
Sacred Heart Kyneton
Presentation College Windsor
Killester College
Aquinas College
Marymede College
Mercy College Camperdown
Sacred Heart Geelong
Santa Maria College
Siena College
St Joseph’s College Ferntree Gully
St Kevin's College
St Monica's College
Sacred Heart Girls College

Organisations represented:
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne
The Benenson Society
Caritas Australia
Catholic Care
Catholic Mission
St Vincent de Paul Society
Young Christian Students




Palm Sunday, 9 April 2017
Melbourne Catholic article - 2017 Palm Sunday March 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees and the prayer service. Your support was immense despite the rain and wind. 
Resources for further action, including the Toolkit that was launched at the Prayer Service: CAPSA - Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum


On 13 October 2016, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement supporting the "Bring Them Here" campaign urging the government to close the offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island and allow asylum seekers to stay in Australia while their claims are being decided upon.
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart says, "The Australian Catholic Bishops also deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters on Nauru and Manus Island. While recognising the effort of the Government to find a solution, we say that enough is enough. We call on the Government to bring offshore detainees to Australia while awaiting further decisions on their future.

"We endorse the campaign to ‘Bring Them Here’ to Australia. We pledge the help of our Catholic communities and institutions to welcome and support these refugees when they arrive, including Catholic health, education and social services." 




Download copies of Fr Seán McDonagh presentation here:
PowerPoint [18mb]  PDF [31mb]


Statement by Bishop Vincent Long on the High Court ruling regarding Asylum Seekers


On the 4th of February 2016 Bishop Vincent Long ofm conv, released a statement in regards to the decision of the Australian High Court regarding off shore detention and allowing for asylum seekers to be sent back to these centers.

He urges the government to show compassion and mercy towards the families affected by this decision and also to look after the wellbeing of all especially the children.

He also made it very clear that “The Catholic Church is prepared to collaborate with other community organisations to provide support for asylum seekers.”
To read the full statement click on the link below and continue to check in with us here or on our facebook page for possible events happening to show solidarity with all who seek asylum.

Mass for refugees



Ranjini's Plight

Ranjini is one of a number of people (predominantly Tamils) who are currently being held in indefinite detention due to a hole in Australia's legal system. To find out more and show your support head to Letters for Ranjini


We would like to thank all those involved in making the Rerum Novarum event possible. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez provided an incredible insight into both Pope Francis and Blessed Oscar Romero. We thank him for his positive approach and hope he will return in the future. 

We would also like to thank the students of Catholic Ladies College and St. Monica's College who came to represent their schools and lastly we would like to thank everyone who came to hear the Cardinal’s wisdom 




Climate March

Mathew O'Leary and John Cull of Aquinas college at the climate March 
We would like to thank all those who came to the climate march with us on 27 November 2015. we in particular would like to thank those who came representing schools.  
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez was welcomed warmly and spoke of the importance of protecting the natural resources we have and also promoted Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si. we are also grateful to the Cardinal for making time during his brief trip to appear at this event.

March for Babies

Come out and support those who don't have a voice!

Social Justice Statement Launch

Social Justice Statement 2015

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2015–16 challenges Australians to think again about our national response to asylum seekers, especially those who come to Australia by sea. It invites us to recognise the desperation that has driven these people to seek refuge far from their homes.

The Statement’s title is For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers. The title, taken from the words of our National Anthem, is intended to remind all Australians of how this nation has aspired to be a place of welcome and inclusion.

In this Statement, the Bishops address the divisive national debate over asylum seekers, especially those who arrive by boat. They confront Australia’s current deterrence-based response and remind us of the needs of the nearly 60 million people who are displaced around the world.

for more information visit the Australian Social Justice Council website 


Indigenous Student Day 2015

World Social Justice day Mass

On Friday 20th of February St. Monica’s invited the Office for Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Melbourne to attend their Mass on World Social Justice Day. Their Social Justice leaders and staff were present and it gave a great witness as to the passion which students have for Social Justice.

It was a very reverent Mass and allowed for great reflection on the social justice issues which impact on the youth. The Mass also highlighted the importance of Social Justice during Lent as a time of giving and receiving and the true value of fasting not just at a personal level but how it can affect others around us.

The Mass was also one which gave great hope as there were many student leaders joyfully participating in Mass (after school on a hot Friday) showing passion for the needs of others in their community and globally.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to St. Monica’s for inviting our office to celebrate this truly faithful celebration of Mass.




No Charge. No Trial. No Appeal.


A Stitch in Time. Early intervention in Psychiatry. Young People at risk

7.00 - 7.30 pm start
Monday 1st December 2014
Orator: Prof Patrick McGorry AO
Respondent: Prof John Gleeson
Phillipa Brazil Theatre, Daniel Mannix Building,
Australian Catholic University
8 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

Whoever suffers from mental illness always bears God’s image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they always have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.”
St John Paul II

                               Pope Francis

Truly I say to you,
to the extent that you did it
to one of these brethren of Mine,
even the least of them,
you did it to Me.

Remember this name:

Remember this name:


Can you spare 30 minutes to save 30,000 children?


[Change the world here]

Northern Territory Elders meet in Melbourne

Concerned Australians in conjunction with the Office for Justice and Peace, recently hosted Indigenous Elders from the Northern Territory to discuss the Northern Territory Intervention.

Click here to download Statement by Northern Territory Elders and Community Representatives: No More! Enough is enough!
(4th November 2011)


Almost 600 people packed Central Hall, Fitzroy to hear Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen and the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser discuss a just solution for asylum seekers


Listen to speakers




The Archdiocese is committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.