The Record » Justice, Ecology and Development Office joins Welcome to Australia celebration

The Justice, Ecology and Development Office last month joined hundreds of West Australians in welcoming refugees, migrants and visitors to Australia at a family fun day at John MacMillan Park.

Director Carol Mitchell said it was wonderful to see such a joyous welcome expressed to those from many other nations.

The event, said Mrs Mitchell, was a strong reinforcement for those within the Justice, Ecology and Development Office community to live out the invitation of Pope Francis who has encouraged the Catholic community internationally to welcome refugees and migrants with mercy and compassion.

Mrs Mitchell went on to say she was joined at the event by former Kalumunda parish priest, Fr Greg Donovan, and Ashraf Mohammad. Fr Donovan and Mr Mohammad were both keynote speakers at the recent Perth launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Social Justice Statement in September.

Hosted by ABC Presenter James McHale, the event included presentations by 2015 West Australian of the Year, Dr Robert Isaacs, and South Sudanese refugee, Meterno Biwott.

State Director of Welcome to Australia, James Jegasothy, said the event showed the diversity and true spirit of Australians who just needed an opportunity to express such a welcome…

 

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