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30 May 2018 by


Over the month of May, I have been struck several times by the signs of the change in season. The mornings are colder, the evening arrives sooner and the deciduous trees are finally changing colour (such as this one from Newcastle). The past month has also seen me busy in
24 May 2018 by


The article from Pro Bono news below makes some interesting observations about the charitable sector across Australia. Ministerial PJPs and their ministries are registered as charities so their data is included in this report.   Growth and Change in Australia’s Charities: 2014 To 2016, is a sub-report of the Australian
23 May 2018 by


Ministerial PJPs, like all Church stewards, were called by Pope Francis in Laudato si’ to raise awareness of ecological issues (#214); promote ecological conversion (#216-221) and adopt a new way of living (#203-208). Many of the ministries of Ministerial PJPs have a long history of reducing energy and water use, reducing
9 May 2018 by


On 13 May 2018 Pope Francis’ updated statutes for the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life come into force. One of the changes is to require that Vatican agency to promote a deeper reflection on the role of women in the Church and society. More details at: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/05/08/pope-calls-dicastery-to-promote-reflection-on-role-of-women/   The
29 April 2018 by


Overview April 2018 felt like a month when the good train AMPJP pulled away from the station of another Council meeting to continue in its direction at an ever increasing pace. Our 12th April AMPJP Council teleconference had a full agenda. There are a number of complex whole of Church
29 April 2018 by


  Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad): On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World[i] has much to offer both individuals and groups. The Pope’s exhortation can be read in conjunction with the AMPJP Gaudete et Exsultate group reflection guide which can aid canonical stewards
18 April 2018 by


If you want to feel affirmed and empowered as a Catholic read: “The Obligations and Rights of all the Christian Faithful” in the Code of Canon Law (Cann. 208 – 231). This is the recommendation of Sr Maria Casey RSJ. On 11 April 2018, I met with Maria, the President
28 March 2018 by


Overview The month of March has been a month of consolidation for me. I spent some time preparing for our end of financial year audit. I followed-up issues from the February AMPJP Council meeting. I also drafted some organisational policies for the AMPJP Council to consider. I was pleased to
26 March 2018 by


“If the safety of children and other vulnerable people is not at the very centre of the Catholic Church’s mission both here and in all other places around the world then something has gone very wrong in our Church,” Sheree Limbrick, chief of Catholic Professional Standard Ltd (CPSL) said yesterday.
26 March 2018 by


1.  New chapter for Mary Aikenhead Ministries outreach ministry After 28 years of “addressing unmet social need” in NSW, the Sisters of Charity Outreach has a new name and a new goal to attract more volunteers and donors. The not-for-profit, social welfare organisation – which provides much-needed support services to