MR Francis Sullivan visits emmaus

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On Thursday November 2nd at 7pm Mr Francis Sullivan the CEO of 'Truth, Justice and Healing Commission' will be visiting Emmaus and will offer our community a 30 minute keynote address followed by an opportunity for questions.

For some time the parents of our Community Leadership Team, "Faith and Adult Education Arm" have grappled with
organising 'conversations', or a series of conversations, focussing on how our community can engage in dialogue about our faith and Catholic identity as a school. Our desire is to focus on the quote that adorns a feature wall within our school.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
— Philippians 4:8-9

We are acutely aware of 'the elephant in the room' when it comes to conversations about faith and what it is to be "catholic" today. The 'elephant' being the anger and frustration held by many people towards our Church given the it's handling of sexual abuse over past decades.

In inviting Francis Sullivan to come and speak we were not seeking to rake over lots of stories of horror and evil from the
past. Our intent is to hear from Francis as a keynote speaker and CEO of the body established by the Catholic Bishops of
Australia to openly and honestly face the challenges presented in the Royal Commission into Sexual abuse in the Catholic Catholic Church.

Following his keynote address Francis will join a panel of speakers that will be comprised of Fr Peter Sherman, Parish Priest of St Alipius Ballarat East, Eileen Rice, Principal of St Alipius Parish School and John Crowley, Principal of St Patrick’s College Ballarat with a view towards seeing how we as Catholics, sharing in our common faith of a loving God, might look to the future of our Church and indeed faith with that sense of optimism and hope that we all desire.

This forum is open and free to all in the St Alipius Ballarat East Parish. We trust there will be many in our school and parish community who will enjoy hearing from Francis, a man who has vigorously advocated for change in our Church and in support of survivors of sexual abuse along with Eileen and John who have worked closely with survivor groups and Fr Peter, our Parish Priest.