Refugees

  • Cana Communities Farm helps wounded heal

    The welcoming Cana Communities Farm is set in Sydney’s sleepy Orchard Hills. The farm provides a safe space where people from all walks of life are able to spend meaningful time together, share a meal and develop friendships. “Our special care at the Farm is to provide hope, love...
  • Bishop Vincent meets refugees who fled from ISIS

    Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta recently held a deeply moving meeting with refugees from Iraq and Syria who fled ISIS. The Syrian and Iraqi refugees fled the persecution of Islamic State (also known as daesh) and now receive support at the Fairfield Centre of STARTTS (NSW Service...
  • Powerful refugee stories at Mamre House ceremony

    By Jordan Grantham Bishop Vincent Long visited Mamre House on the morning of 7 December 2016 for an English Language Program end-of-year ceremony. The program, Certificate in Spoken and Written English, is a certified program of Nepean Community College and delivered by Mamre House, a work of CatholicCare Social...
  • House of Welcome finds a new home in Granville

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook, December 2016 The largest transitional housing provider in New South Wales will lease expanded premises for its headquarters from the Diocese of Parramatta, starting in February 2017. The House of Welcome is a work of St Francis Social Services, operated by the Franciscan Friars...
  • Refugees find open hearts and homes

    Nanette and Brian D’Arcy have been “welcoming the stranger” for decades. The couple led a group that has actively resettled 180 migrant families since the 1970s as a part of the Refugee Resettlement Program at St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill. Cardinal Freeman had asked Catholics to open their hearts...
  • A Prayer for the Federal Election

    Posted on 3 June 2016 Holy God, at the dawn of time you fashioned the world and set it on its course. In the fullness of time your Son took flesh and sowed the seeds of a new order, and day by day your Spirit works to bring to...
  • Revamped website for Migrant & Refugee Office

    Posted on 2 June 2016 The website of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) includes a section on asylum seeker policy, a media section and a resources centre. You can sign up to receive the ACMRO eNewsletter through the website at www.acmro.catholic.org.au The website features a combination of...
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  • Partnership at heart of asylum seeker centre

    Posted on 22 March 2016 Arrupe Place in Parramatta opened its doors just over a year ago and already this drop-in centre for asylum seekers has been recognised for its innovative work. At the 2016 Zest Awards in Sydney on 24 February, Arrupe Place received the Exceptional Community Partnership...