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3 NEWS IN BRIEF

In August a Commissioning

Mass was held for the new

State President of the Society in

South Australia, Cathy Beaton.

4 FRONTLINES

From the National President,

Graham West.

5-6 TELLING OUR STORY

The Society’s National

Council CEO, Dr John Falzon

reflects on the importance of

stories and how the Society’s

collective story is one of hope.

7 OUR IDENTITY

by Anneloes de Graeff

It is critical that as a Society

we build clarity around our

identity and use the values

that have helped the Society

become what it is today to

continue to draw people to our

mission.

8-10 OUR JOURNEY

This issue of The Record

features Questions & Answers

from several people who are

attending the congress. We

have asked participants for

their thoughts and reflections

on what they think the

congress will involve and

lighter questions on the

logistics of getting to the

congress in Adelaide.

11 CONGRESS 2017

by Pat Garcia and Celina Lai

Members of the St Vincent de

Paul Society National Council

of Australia describe how

they first became involved

in the Society and what they

are most proud of about their

involvement.

12 JOURNEY TO CONGRESS

by Rick Stankiewicz and

Ben Hoh

Vice President Retail Centres

Rick Stankiewicz, on the most

important step in the Retail

Centres’ evolution and Ben

Hoh, Design Director at Future

Friendly explains the types of

events and activities members

can expect at the congress.

13 TECHNOLOGY

by Vincent Nguyen

Internally the St Vincent de Paul

Society has taken advantage

of new digital technologies to

better collaborate and engage

with the community.

14-15 SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS

by Fr Troy Bobbin

The Society’s National Council

Spiritual Advisor says the

powerful metaphor of God as

a patient and careful potter

is useful to reflect on the

opportunities God uses to melt

us and mould us anew.

16-17 REFLECTION

Read a series of six reflections

published in recent months

in the lead up to our fastapproaching

2017 National

Congress.

18-19 INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA

by Professor Larissa Behrendt

An excerpt from a previous

speech Professor Larissa

Behrendt, a keynote speaker

at Congress 2017 gave on the

topic of human rights and selfdetermination

for Aboriginal

Australians.

20-24 SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY

by Denis Fitzgerald

Central issues for faith-based

service providers and why

collaboration, not competition,

and mission, not markets, should

be the drivers of social service

delivery in the 21st century.

25 JUST ART

by Cheyne Pettit

Just Art calls for participants to

explore the competition’s theme

in context with the Society’s

values of compassion, respect,

empathy and courage.

26-27 IMMERSION

by Juliana Kittel and

Sarah Dixon

Participants in this year’s

National Immersion Program

were deeply touched by the

warm welcome they received

from the community of

Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa).