Ozanam Conversation

Moving Forward: Voices of Reconciliation in the Catholic Sector

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is proud to present this year's Ozanam Conversation, an online event and streamed live on Saturday 4 September, which you can view above.

Guest speakers included:

  • Sherry Balcombe is an Olkola/Djabugay woman from Far North Queensland. Sherry was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri Country and has worked at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for 16 years. 
  • Vicki Clark is a Mutthi Mutthi Wemba Wamba woman who has dedicated her life to increasing understanding of Aboriginal spirituality and defending the rights of Aboriginal people to express this spirituality in its many forms. Vicki is the current Chairperson of the Opening The Doors Foundation. 
  • Kevin Sheedy has a long history of working in the AFL as a player and a coach. In 2009, Kevin was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University for his services to football and particularly the way he has encouraged Aboriginal footballers into the sport. He has been a great advocate of working with traditional owner communities and empowering young First Nation’s people to take up the game. 

For further information about this event, please contact Brad Stephensen at brad.stephensen@svdp-vic.org.au.

"Yours must be a work of love, of kindness, you must give your time, your talents, yourselves. The poor person is a unique person of God's fashioning with an inalienable right to respect.
"You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis: You must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long term improvement.

Blessed Frederic Ozanam