Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Anthea Hinchey (Chair), Dr Susan Crowe (liaison between the Social Justice Commission and Education and Executive Member to the Commission), Jillian Hogbin (Diocesan Co-ordinator for Caritas & Catholic Earthcare), Felicity Liston (Parishioner and Youth member), Sr Helen Nolen rsm (Sisters of Mercy), Jim Ryan (Parishioner), Michael Ryan (St Vincent de Paul), Hannah Scullion (ACU), Sue Searls (Parishioner) and Fiona Tonkin (minutes).
BELOW IS AN EXPLANATION OF THE ROLE OF THIS COMMISSION
The role of the Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission (BDSJC) is to advise the Bishop of the Commissions address of social justice issues and spread the Gospel message to the local Church and wider community. The commission collaborates to promote joint action with the Church and other groups in favor of justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
BDSJC works to develop a Christian contribution to public debates on social issues especially in areas of local or regional impact. The commission promotes spirituality through liturgy, structures and agencies, giving prominence to right relationships, respect for life and creation, and the promotion of liberation from every form of oppression.
VISION & MISSION OF THE BALLARAT DIOCESAN SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION
The Vision of the Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission:
A community in which all people live in right relationships, show respect, act justly and care for all God’s creation.
The Mission of the Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission is to:
• promote Catholic Social Teaching
• address social justice issues in light of the Gospel
• be an advocate for those experiencing injustice
• act with others towards justice, peace and care for all God’s creation.
SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT 2022-2023:
Bishop Paul Bird talks about this year’s statement, titled Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse here
REPORTS FROM THE BALLARAT DIOCESAN SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION MEETINGS CAN BE READ BELOW
BALLARAT DIOCESAN SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE IN BALLARAT?
There are so many ways you can get involved in Social Justice in Ballarat. Many groups and organisations want you to be involved and are ready to take your call. Download our flyer below and check out the organisations you can contact.