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BALLARAT DIOCESAN SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION

 

Membership

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Jim Ryan (Parishioner), Jo Rix (Catholic Earthcare), Rachel Smith (Executive Member for CEO Ballarat), Noel Gregory (Parishioner), Sue Searls (Catholic Mission and Caritas, and parishioner),  Fr Frank Smith CSsR, Tony Fitzgerald (CEO Centacare and parishioner), Anthea Hinchey (Secondary Education and parishioner), Stacey Atkins (Primary Education and parishioner), and Mary Rita Thomas (St Vincent de Paul and parishioner), Fiona Tonkin (minutes).

Contact:

Executive Member: 
Rachel Smith

Phone: 03 5337 7135
Email: 
Social Justice Executive Member


Below is an explanation of the role of this commission.


The role of the 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.

 

Report from the Ballarat Diocese Social Justice Commission meetings can be read below:

May 2017

February 2017 

September 2017

November 2017

February 2018

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BDSJC NOTICEBOARD

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.

DOWNLOAD our contacts HERE 

MORE contacts HERE

 

COMING EVENTS

 

SEE MY HUMANITY - FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT AND HOPE

Through June, the ContainART Mobile Gallery features work by a Hazara man from Afghanistan who – with virtually no education - has taught himself to draw and paint over four years while in refugee detention in Melbourne.  This exhibition can be seen at Pearce's Park, Barkly Street Ballarat from 2nd to 27th of June, with a special launch event on 16th June from 2-4pm.  Please click on the link below to access the flyer.

Access ContainART flyer HERE

ANTIPOVERTY WEEK

The 14th - 20th of October is Anti-Poverty week.  The aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Click HERE to find out how you can get involved

BREAZE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

film night

Tuesday 7th June, 7.30pm at Regent Cinema

 

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We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353