2015 Ozanam Lecture
The 18th annual Ozanam Lecture was held on Sunday 15 February 2015 at the Australian Catholic University Cathedral Hall in Fitzroy.
Over 220 Vincentians and Society friends gathered for the Ozanam Lecture. Our keynote speaker, Bishop Eugene Hurley DD, Bishop of Darwin, delivered a wonderful address, in which he cited the call of Pope Francis for an inclusive Church, as well as for on-going efforts towards redress of the social and economic inequality lived and experienced by millions of people throughout the world.
Bishop Hurley reminded us all of the central place of ‘gentle’ kindness in our daily interaction with one another and with those we serve.
Tony McCosker, Chief Executive Officer of St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy, was the respondent to Bishop Hurley’s address.
He reinforced Bishop Hurley’s comments on the relationship between the messages of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and the messages of Pope Francis to the Church and to the world, which highlighted the need to respond constructively to the situation of the poor and disadvantaged amongst us.
The event was also an opportunity to honour Charlie Grech, a Vincentian who has continuously served the Society for 50 years. Regional Councils and Conferences marking significant anniversaries in 2015 (50 to 120 years) were also honoured and recognised on the day with the presentation of certificates.
The Society was extremely pleased to see so many members and friends in attendance, and to have the opportunity to personally thank Charlie and his family, and all members, for their service to the Society and to those who seek our assistance.
*Note: Unfortunately no speech booklet was produced this year.