In this issue...
2 - 3 POETRY
From the National President Anthony Thornton.
6 NEWS IN BRIEF
The latest Society news, including a successful Community Sleepout event held in Canberra, parliamentary news and the news that St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon has been shortlisted for the Human Rights Medal.
Meet Bob Burns, the newly appointed State President of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia.
8 – 9 UNITED VOICE
By Dr John Falzon
We have only one enemy say Dr John Falzon. And it is called inequality. It’s the meanness of spirit entailed in taking the little that people living in poverty have in order to reduce a so-called deficit.
10 – 11 WOMEN
By Margaret Gearon
In light of the National Congress planned for 2015, a member of the Victorian State Council reflects on the role of women in the Society and draws inspiration from Louise de Marillac and Blessed Rosalie Rendu.
12 - 13 CONGRESS 2015
By Frank Brassil
The President of the Territory Council of Canberra Goulburn answers the tough questions about the National Congress proposed for 2015 - ‘What could it achieve?’ and ‘Is it worth the cost?’
14 – 15 LEADERSHIP
By Jenny Papps and Livia Carusi
Did you know the Vincentian model of leadership is servant leadership? A new Vincentian Mission and Values Centered Leadership Program being conducted by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria and South Australia is based on exactly this concept.
16 NEW PERSPECTIVE
By Irene Gough
A Vincentian from St James Conference in Yamba, NSW reflects on how she came to be involved with the St Vincent de Paul Society and the grassroots social advocacy this entailed.
17 – 21 PAST GATHERINGS
The Society’s national archivist Mike Moran provides an overview of the Triennial Congresses held by the St Vincent de Paul Society from 1921 until 1954.
22 – 23 NEW WAYS
The National News Way Forum was held in Melbourne in 2001 and brought all the Presidents of the Society together in the one place for the first time in the history of the Society in Australia.
24– 25 COMPANIONSHIP
By Rik Sutherland
St Vincent de Paul Society's National Research Officer outlined the Society’s long history of work with migrants and refugees when he addressed the Fourth National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrant and Refugees held in Sydney in early October.
26 – 27 EQUALITY
By Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR
The Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR explores Pope Francis’ repeated calls to people in business, finance and governments to help develop more equitable policies.
28 – 29 FACT SHEET
By Jonathan Drew and Rik Sutherland
Researchers from the Society’s National Council office write on the hidden and lasting consequences of the Global Financial Crisis for many societies around the world.
30 – BOOK REVIEW
Christmas can be a hard time for people in need. Andrew Hamilton SJ reviews the Cost of Silence, a book comprising a selection of stories by people whose relative or friend has taken their own life.
31 - REFLECTION
Immersion Program participant Ruth Simpson explains how she found her calling to teach while visiting the Ngunmarriyanga community in the Northern Territory.