CatholicCare Director Gary Christensen acted quickly in 2018 when the Principal of St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead, Larry Keating, identified a student cohort disconnecting from school. It was a result of a range of reasons including social disadvantage, mental health and behavioural problems, and the St Mary’s counsellors and learning support staff were at capacity.
The ban on mass gatherings has forced the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to assess its Mass-centricity. Coronavirus is a pandemic for the ages, pushing pastoral prerogatives to the forefront, and the movement of people to “modern” digital communication allows parishes to revert to being the “communities of old”.
Food for the marginalised provides nourishment to the souls of the givers is the takeaway for St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton as it continues its decade-long association with the Development and Relief Activities (DARA) van.
Aboriginal siblings Richard and Louise Campbell were separated when they were stolen from their parents in 1965. Richard somehow survived the inhumane treatment of the Kinchela Boys Home outside Kempsey, while Louise grew up with foster families in western Sydney as well as the Hunter Valley.