Many, many people join in the various ministries of the congregation as volunteers and partners in ministry. Volunteers are provided training and supervision and make a commitment to serve in a particular ministry.
Special conditions and arrangements for International and Indigenous community volunteering apply. For details of what opportunities are currently available for Aboriginal Ministry in Australia please contact Sr Alma Cabassi and for international opportunities contact Kirsty Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Mary MacKillop International.
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Each November for many years, ‘Peru Day’ has been conducted as a student Social Justice activity at Mt St Joseph (MSJ) Milperra. During the preceding weeks, the Year 10 girls (with the assistance of teachers) organise themselves into groups to choose fund-raising ideas. Their aim is to raise as much money for the Sisters of St Joseph Peru Mission as possible – better still if that is more than that of the previous year’s group! All goods/activities are donated by the group members, and for some weeks students and staff are reminded to save up for the advertised purchases. On the morning of the day, there is always much excitement outside in the campus grounds as the Year 10 students prepare “the stalls”, and inside the classrooms as the other students are involved in prayer for Peru and activities to increase their knowledge of that country and the work of the Sisters with the people there.
Since the decision was made to build a school at Tarma in Peru, the money from the annual Peru Day at MSJ has been sent directly to that project – and received with much gratitude. In 2008 one of the MSJ staff visited Peru by way of preparation for the 2009 visit which involved two staff and four senior students. Here they were able to meet some of the Peruvian people and experience something of their culture, as well as seeing for themselves the Fe y Alegria College which Peru Days have financed. Early in 2010, Peruvian Sister Maria Cecilia spent some time in Australia. When she came to MSJ she was delighted to meet again with these MSJ visitors, and to experience for herself the wonderful spirit of the whole MSJ school community: the source of finance for the Fe y Alegria College at Tarma where she taught.
For several years now KIDS CAMPS have been held in the Far North of. This is a wonderful way for young adults to become involved. The first KIDS CAMP is being held in Queensland in March 2010.
We held our wonderful camp in the pristine, at in the Hokianga, by the sea, between 18-20 December 09! Our team of 15 fearless and inspirational leaders had a tremendous time with approximately 30 local children, spoilt by the rich and loving hospitality of the local community of the Panguru Parish.
The purpose of the camp was to foster love for Te Atua (God), themselves and each other through the four MacKillop values of: an attitude of gratitude, doing your bit, making room in our hearts for all and listening to God’s call.
As well as putting the children into four teams (based on the MacKillop values), each of the sessions also focussed on deeper learning of the MacKillop values. There was a lot of fun too, with a chocolate challenge and Hokianga Top Town to channel the vibrant energy that never ran out.
I can’t say how wonderful it was to share the experience with three other Sisters, three Josephite Associates, six leaders from Our Lady’s College in Brisbane, two volunteers from Ngatea and of course with the community gathered at Mitimiti Marae. The weekend seemed to be a life changing experience for many of us, being touched by the wairua (spirit) of the land and the manaakitanga (hospitality) of the local people. The whole weekend seemed to me to be a timeless moment, supported by the prayer and good wishes of the Sisters and many others.
I hope we can now build on this experience in the future so others too can participate in this particular Mission outreach: the Mary MacKillop Kids Camp.
Kia ora (may you have life)!
Sr Michelle Hughey rsj
Queensland Contact - Sr Monica Cavanagh
The Josephite Counter-Trafficking Project (JCTP) is a Congregational Ministry that responds to the needs of people who are trafficked. Members of the JCTP are Asian women, or other women who have had long experience in Asia or in working in cross-cultural situations. They offer flexible culturally-sensitive support to women of Asian origin who have been trafficked into Australia.
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