Mission and Outreach
Within the Diocese there are many avenues of Mission and outreach through both local and national bodies:
- Caritas Australia
- Catholic Mission
- Centacare Ballarat
- St. Vincent de Paul
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Caritas Australia Typhoon Haiyan Appeal
At this time of grave human suffering and uncertainty, it is with sadness, and in solidarity, that staff and volunteers at Caritas Australia convey their deepest condolences following the devastating aftermath of super Typhoon Haiyan.
We have the Australian Philippine community and the millions of families affected in the Philippines are consistently in our prayers. As the official International Aid and Development Agency of the Catholic Church in Australia, we are compelled to respond immediately with urgent aid to uphold the dignity and help ease the suffering of millions of people.
In the challenging months ahead, Caritas Australia is committed to being our expression of concrete solidarity on the ground in the Philippines, providing emergency aid and working to secure long-term opportunities for those affected by the typhoon through members of the Caritas network and social action centres in the Philippines.
Today and in the months ahead, we pray especially for lives already lost, families grieving and for the millions of people affected as they rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures. We pray that our Lord grants you and the people of the Philippines peace, strength and the continuing resilience that pulls them through such destruction.
Caritas Australia has launched a dedicated Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to assist the emergency response efforts. The Caritas emergency network and local partners in the Philippines are responding to the communities’ immediate needs prioritising the poorest and most devastated villages in Ormoc and Palo in Leyte, and Basey in Samar with shelter, water and hygiene kits, food, and kitchen kits. But more donations are needed so that our emergency response can reach more people affected by this disaster and, long after the headlines have ended, ensure we accompany families to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and communities.
Caritas has strong partnerships in the Philippines enabling us to respond with speed. We have worked through, and with, the Catholic Church in the Philippines for decades. Our presence, partnerships, solidarity and coordination help us access the most affected people through local diocese staff. As the Archbishop of Palo, John Du stated in the weekend, “this humanitarian response once again shows the power of the Church’s locally mobilised and led response, which is reinforced with support from international Church and Caritas agencies.”
Please visit the Caritas Australia website for continuous updates, education and prayer resources to help raise awareness about the situation and our emergency appeal to assist those affected.
If you would like to support our appeal, please call 1800 024 413 or visit our website www.caritas.org.au/typhoon-haiyan