Leading the way on social justice

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Leading the way on social justice
Fr Tonette, from Caritas Australia, with students from St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport, and Marist Regional College, Burnie,

The need for social justice advocacy was one of the themes of a presentation to Catholic school student leaders from Caritas Australia.

About 35 students attended a Just Leadership Day at St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport.

The College’s co-ordinator of ministry, Kamil Douglas, explained that Patrizia Luna, Margaret Fyfe and Fr Ronald Anthony Timoner (known as Fr Tonette) all spoke about the work of Caritas Australia, both locally and globally, as well as Project Compassion, inequality and injustice, and the need for social justice advocacy.

Prefect and house councillors from St Brendan-Shaw and representatives from Marist Regional College, Burnie, attended the event.

“The presentations were engaging and students were given the opportunity to discuss and collaborate about ways to both fundraise and raise awareness of the need for social justice,” Mr Douglas said.

“The college has a long-term relationship with Caritas Australia, a Catholic agency for local and overseas aid, particularly through Project Compassion which is Caritas’ major annual fundraiser.

“Project Compassion runs for the season of Lent.
“Students of St Brendan-Shaw College are encouraged to donate to Project Compassion in their pastoral care groups throughout the Lenten season.”

The Just Leadership Day is held most years, but the venue rotates between St Patrick's College, Launceston, Marist College in Burnie, the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office in Ulverstone and Launceston, and St Brendan-Shaw College.