The Southern Cross : December 2013
Page 16 December 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news The Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development CHOOSEAGIFTFROM THE RANGELISTEDINSIDE••S TEP 1•RECEIVEACARDTO GI VEYOURLOVEDONE••S TEP 2•YOURDONATION MAK ESADIFFERENCE••S TEP 3• Call us on 1800 024 413 Visit us online at www.caritas.org.au/globalgifts To find out more information about Global Gifts and how to purchase, please call or visit: GIVE A GLOBAL GIFT AND SPREAD HOPE TO THE WORLD THIS CHRISTMAS! 2013 TRAFFICKING TALK: Ways for schools, parishes and the wider community to become involved in action against the trafficking of humans will be explored following a meeting at the Catholic Resource & Information Service (CRIS) in Adelaide last month. The group discussed social justice perspectives and initiatives to raise awareness of human trafficking; to assist in stopping trafficking, forced marriage and forced labour; and to support the promotion of fair trade. ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans) provided speakers and Christine Carolan, National Project Officer for ACRATH, gave an overview of the trafficking situation. Resources can be borrowed from CRIS and information about ACRATH can be found at www.acrath.org.au Pictured above at the meeting is, (L-R) Sr Meredith Evans rsm, Sr Catherine Seward rsm and Archbishop Philip Wilson. Three Catholic women with three very different objectives have formed life-long friendships from an Adelaide Archdiocesan program. The trio will graduate this month from the Ministry Formation Program, which they say has given them new skills, greater theological knowledge and the priceless gift of comradeship among Catholic women. “It really has been a faith journey,” says Clare Thewlis. “And the relationships I have made with these two women and others will last me a lifetime.” The mother of three and grandmother was motivated to enrol in the Ministry Formation Program after spending many years involved in a number of voluntary roles at her Hectorville Parish. “It was a chance for me to give back to the Church for all the graces I had received,” said the former office manager. During her four years studying part- time, Clare was appointed pastoral associate at Brighton Parish. She said aspiring to parish leadership had not been on her agenda prior to the course. Grace Healey had other ideas too when she started the same diploma with Clare in 2009. Working as a lending officer for a credit union, and also as a volunteer at the Lyell McEwen Hospital, Grace felt her path was one destined for hospital chaplaincy. However, one year into the Ministry Formation Program she was appointed pastoral associate at the Para Hills/ Modbury Parish. Grace has been a parishioner at St Augustine’s Church, Salisbury, for the past 20 years and was heavily involved in the parish’s children’s liturgy. “My vocation, I thought, was going to be chaplaincy in the hospitals and with children in schools but then I started the course, was offered a job by Father Peter (Milburn), and I gained the confidence and the knowledge I needed to consider and become a parish leader.” Sue Schulz, who will continue with a Bachelor of Theology after graduation on December 6, has been the pastoral associate for St Ann’s Parish for the past five years. Her appointment required completion of the Ministry Formation Program. For Sue, life before the program was in the classroom as a religious education teacher in Barmera. But a move to the city changed her vocation to one in the parish. For more information on 2014 enrolments for the Catholic Ministry Formation Program visit www.adelaide.catholic.org.au or contact Sue Vieceli on 8416 8479. SURPRISE FRIENDSHIP: New Ministry Formation program graduates, from left, Clare Thewlis, Sue Schulz and Grace Healey. Sisterhood springs from religious study GEN YR: Some of the younger members of Religious orders gathered recently with Sr Marie Ralph, Vicar for Religious, for a day of reflection and prayer. The gathering was held on the feast of St Paul of the Cross, feast day of the Passionist Sisters. Pictured cutting the celebration cake are from left: Duyen Nguyen rsm, Sheela Thomas ssa, Jenny Seal fdnsc, Nithya Rayappan cp, Kanistal Soosai cp, Marie Ralph rsm, Tram Nguyen op, Maria Jimsy cp, Elizabeth Young rsm and Jasmine Lawrence cp.