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Peter Loughnane – Executive Director of CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains

12 May 2020

Peter Loughnane is the Executive Director of CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. With a passion for leading not-for-profit organisations and connecting communities, Peter joined CatholicCare in January 2020 bringing with him more than 15 years’ experience in aged care, community and disability services. Throughout his career Peter has been a leading voice for…

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CatholicCare chaplain: ‘It’s a ministry I love profoundly’

27 April 2020

In a year which began with catastrophic bushfires and moved straight into the socially isolating effects of the COVID-19 virus, the need for a caring presence to help people with mental health challenges has never been greater, says retiring CatholicCare mental health chaplain Sue Robertson. Sue, not just a qualified and registered lay chaplain but…

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CatholicCare: keeping people together through COVID-19

20 April 2020

At a time when coronavirus is keeping people apart, a church counselling service is bringing people together – virtually. The move to online counselling has been so well received, the Diocese of Parramatta CatholicCare’s could introduce video services permanently. Executive Director for CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains Peter Loughnane said video contact was…

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Farewell Sr Vivienne Keely

03 December 2019

On Friday 29th November we farewelled Sr Vivienne Keely, our Executive Director,  from CatholicCare Western Sydney and Blue Mountains. Staff gathered at Mamre Homestead for an afternoon tea and an opportunity to share stories and say goodbye. Sr Vivienne commenced at CatholicCare as the Director of Mission in 2017 and shortly after took on the…

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Street Feast

20 November 2019

Staff from CatholicCare WSBM took part in the inaugural Street Feast in Parramatta on Wednesday 20th November.  Street Feast offers members of Sydney’s disadvantaged communities an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with people from all walks of life. The Parramatta Street Feast was hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta and the event is…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2019

  September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. That suicide is the most frequent cause of the death of young Australians, and particularly of young Indigenous Australians, it a disturbing thought. Apart from statistics it is appalling that young people whom we hope would look forward with so much energy and optimism to their future…

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CatholicCare Expands Refugee Program in Blacktown

07 August 2019

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Irish Famine Memorial Committee, a new program to help refugee families will begin later this year in Blacktown. Project Afriq will provide a space of safety and trust in which African and particularly Sudanese women can explore issues of parenting in a new culture. The members of…

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Knights of Malta and CatholicCare Helping People Keep Warm

16 May 2019

Thanks to the Knights of Malta, some poor people will stay warm this year. CatholicCare has received 250 winter coats from the Knights of Malta Australia for distribution to the poor in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Such a generous donation is very welcome when we consider the number of people sleeping rough in…

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Ursula Stephens to Lead Catholic Social Services Australia

03 May 2019

Catholic Social Services Australia Chair Dr Maria Harries says she is delighted to announce that Dr Ursula Stephens will take up the role as CSSA’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1.  “The CSSA Board was fortunate to receive a number of high-calibre applications for this significant appointment, which is a testament to the…

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Easter , what does it mean?

17 April 2019

Just as the retail sector does not whip up the same shopping frenzy for Easter as it does for Christmas, so many Catholics do get as excited about Easter as they do about Christmas. Why is this? After all Easter is the biggest feast in Christianity so why the difference. Is it because it is…

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