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Mission Inspired Leadership #2

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Session 2: KEEP TO PRINCIPLE – how to apply purposeful Catholic social principles to social services at the coalface 

Facilitators: Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R. and Pip McIlroy

Principles are our values in action – and Catholic social teaching has an inspiring but little-understood canon of social principles to guide our vital social service work. They are designed to be universally understood and applied by people of various faiths or none. How can these principles assist Catholic social service providers to respond innovatively to contemporary social, cultural and economic challenges? How might these values assist discernment and decision making? How might they be embedded as organisational culture? Learn about how core Catholic principles promote human dignity and solidarity with the excluded and how they apply when taking action at the local level for the common good.

Bruce Duncan is a Redemptorist Priest, academic and author. He is co-founder of the advocacy organisation Social Policy Connections and a previous Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy.



Pip McIlroy is Manager, People Leadership and Development at Jesuit Social Services. With an academic background in Philosophy, she also holds postgraduate qualifications in Theology and Education. She was previously Manager – Formation and Ethics for St Vincent’s Health Australia, is a Board Member of the Cardoner Network and is founder and Director of professional training and coaching boutique ‘Checking for Understanding’.



The Mission Inspired Leadership is a Professional Development Program of four online evening workshops for leaders, board directors and expert practitioners in Catholic social services that will assist them:

  • Engage the Catholic social services ecosystem – to further mission collaboratively
  • Explore Catholic social teaching as a creative framework – for services and advocacy
  • Connect critical decision-making to organisational purpose – with shared principles
  • Discover new ways of delivering social impact – sustainably with integrity
  • Build connection with peers – in a social, spiritually enriching shared-learning environment.


This program is for staff and board members who are new to the sector, and for those who want to expand their horizons and understanding of core concepts and inspiration for our shared work on the margins.


We have five wonderful facilitators this year, each who will bring unique insight – but also will bring to the fore the knowledge in the (virtual) room. All information about them,  the program and registration is here: https://css.org.au/mission-inspired-leadership-program-2023/




April 25
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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