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The Southern Cross : November 2011
November 2011 Page 21 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | Remember, Support and Celebrate the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. A Mass for WORLD AIDS DAY Thursday December 1, 2011 Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral At 12.10pm Celebrant -- Archbishop Philip Wilson Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide A former Adelaide Jesuit priest has spent part of this year in one of Kenya's largest refugee camps setting up a unique tertiary education scheme helping refugees boost their chances of relocation. Father Chris Jenkins SJ was in Adelaide recently at the Norwood Parish discussing his experience of the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya. Fr Jenkins arrived at Kakuma, home to more than 70,000 refugees, in May last year to join the camp's Jesuit Refugee Service. He spent a year there as director of education services. He helped run boarding school scholarship programs for young women and disabled children (predominantly those who were blind and deaf). Fr Jenkins also helped set up a pilot program linking refugees to a specific online curriculum offered by Jesuit Colleges in the United States. The three-year, full-time Diploma in Liberal Studies is giving refugees skills in English, information technology, and community development. There are 35 students currently enrolled. "This will help them get out of the camp for re-settlement," said Fr Jenkins. "If they have evidence of some academic qualifications and they have applied themselves then that will help them in their applications for re-settlement," he said. "The program also helps alleviate boredom in the camp and gives them a sense of purpose." The Kakuma camp featured in the SBS television series Go Back To Where You Came From earlier this year. The series revealed to Australians the cramped, dirty, dusty and difficult living conditions in the camp, which is home to refugees mainly from southern Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia "Life is pretty tough in the camp," said Fr Jenkins. "It's very, very hot; very dusty and there are a lot of incidents and disease -- malaria and typhoid," he said. But he said at the centre of all the despair, there is great faith among the people. There are six Catholic Churches in the camp. "They love the Church and all it represents because it is one way of connecting to their past and giving them hope for the future." IN KENYA: Former Norwood Parish Priest Father Chris Jenkins saying Mass at one of the six Catholic churches in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Giving hope in Kakuma SPECIAL OCCASION: Trumpets and organ music heralded the 85-year-old Polish Archbishop Szczepan Wesoly from Rome into the Ressurrection Church at Unley for Mass and Confirmation of 20 children and young adults on October 2. The Church, which was full to capacity, was decorated with an abundance of red and white flowers (Polish national colours) and the sanctuary walls were adorned with red banners bearing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The joy-filled ceremony was accentuated by the children dressed in national costume who presented the gifts to the Archbishop, sang the Responsorial Psalm, and read Prayers of the Faithful. A small child played the Veni Creator on the violin, after which the Archbishop presented each of the confirmed with a St Benedict Crucifix. Photo: Patryk Urban A significant milestone in the continuing dialogue between the Lutheran and Catholic churches in Australia will take place on December 1 when the document, Living Word, Living Tradition is launched. Since 1975 the Australian Lutheran- Roman Catholic Dialogue has met regularly in Adelaide. For the past three years the focus of discussion has been the issue of scripture and tradition. Secretary of the Dialogue, Jo Laffin, said that after careful study of one another's positions, members of the Dialogue had concluded that more united Lutherans and Catholics than divided them. "Roman Catholics can now acknowledge the centrality of Scripture, while Lutherans can see that when Catholics use 'tradition' in its primary sense, they are referring to what Lutherans mean when they speak of confessions of faith and handing on the apostolic faith," she said. Archbishop Philip Wilson, who is President of the Australian Episcopal Conference, and Dr Mike Semmler, President of the Lutheran Church of Australia, will launch Living Word, Living Tradition during a prayer service in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on December 1. The launch will be followed by supper in the Cathedral Hall. If you would like to attend the launch and/ or receive a copy of the document, please contact Jo Laffin at Catholic Theological College (telephone 8416 8472 or email: Josephine. email@example.com). Lutheran-Catholic dialogue Associate Professor Stephen Downs will offer a two-in-one lecture on the 25th November, 2011. The first one will be a REPEAT of "Coloured Grace: The Importance of Religious Art Today" and the second lecture will be on "Australian Religious Art". See our website for more details: www.ctcsa.edu.au Lectures on Religious Art Friday 25th Nov 2011 Cost: $25 for both lectures or $15 for one lecture Concessions: $20 / $10 (Morning Tea included) Time: 10:00-11:00 first lecture 11:00-11:30 MORNING TEA (for both lecture groups) 1 1:30-12:30 second lecture BOOKINGS: please contact Cris --- 8416 8460 firstname.lastname@example.org Room S1, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE