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CatholicCare offer mental health support through Mindfulness webinars

Posted 2 August 2021 by Catholic Education

The uncertainty of the current times we live in, mixed with physical distancing and isolation from families and loved ones due to the recent COVID lockdown has left many feeling anxious, stressed, and worried. To help support people through these difficult circumstances, CatholicCare Wollongong has released six Keeping Calm and Connected: Mindfulness webinars with practical steps to reflect and calm the mind. 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Centre

Posted 26 July 2021 by Catholic Education

Welcome to the CEDoW COVID-19 Information Centre

Last updated 26 July 2021

This page contains a regularly updated overview of the systemic response by Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Information and updates specific to each school community will continue to be provided directly to parents and carers by school principals.

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Catholic Education Working to Eradicate Modern Slavery

Posted 22 July 2021 by Catholic Education

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) has joined more than 30 Catholic entities across Australia in reaching a significant milestone in the Church’s efforts to eradicate modern slavery. CEDoW’s first Modern Slavery Statement was submitted to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs in a Compendium of statements by members of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN).

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Sister Kerry Macdermott honoured with 2021 NATSICC Non-Indigenous Service to Community Award

Posted 16 July 2021 by Catholic Education

In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Sister Kerry Macdermott was recently awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) – 2021 Non-Indigenous Service to Community Award. Over the year Sr Kerry has devoted her life to the service of others, particularly the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families in the Minto/Macarthur area. 

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Year 12 student gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord

Posted 13 July 2021 by Catholic Education

A scripture passage from the book of Jeremiah and the question “What is the Spirit saying to you as a young person in our world today?” were the focus of the recent diocesan Year 12 gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord. Over three days, Bishop Brian visited six Catholic secondary schools throughout the diocese, spending time in conversation with more than 1,000 Year 12 students. The days provided opportunities for students to share their hopes, challenges and ask questions. 

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Plenary Council agenda calls for missionary, Christ-centred Church

Posted 28 June 2021 by Catholic Education

The agenda of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia calls those attending the Council assemblies to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia”.

The Council agenda, which has emerged from three years and several layers of prayer, listening, dialogue and discernment, will shape the program of the Council’s assemblies – the first of which opens on October 3 this year.

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St Therese students take out prize at international academic competition

Posted 24 June 2021 by Catholic Education

Eight curious and dedicated Year 5 students from St Therese Catholic Primary School, West Wollongong have been awarded the title of Illawarra NSW Regional winners of the annual Da Vinci Decathlon competition.

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State of the Art Hospitality Facilities Open at Corpus Christi Oak Flats

Posted 7 June 2021 by Catholic Education

The recent construction of a contemporary hospitality trade training kitchen and cafe at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Oak Flats has the whole school community excited—especially the students.

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Federal Politicians Join Students at John Therry Catholic College For Student Leadership Forum

Posted 4 June 2021 by Catholic Education

More than one hundred students across Years 7 to 12 at John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow, had the opportunity to put their questions to federal politicians Hon Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Education and Women; Dr Mike Freelander, Federal Member for Macarthur; and Mr Chris Hayes, Federal Member for Fowler, at a Student Leadership forum recently hosted by the school.

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Students at St John’s Nowra taking action towards Reconciliation

Posted 3 June 2021 by Catholic Education

This week Australians join together in celebration of Reconciliation Week. The theme for 2021, ‘More than a Word-Reconciliation Takes Action’ urges us to take up the challenge to make a difference. At St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra, six Aboriginal and 18 non-Aboriginal students across Years 11 and 12, have embodied the 2021 theme by enrolling in Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies subjects. 

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Mount Carmel teacher channels bushfire destruction to take out top art prize

Posted 27 May 2021 by Catholic Education

Roxanne Lillis is feeling pretty proud of her efforts, and well she should. The gifted visual arts teacher from Mount Carmel Catholic College Varroville has just been announced as the inaugural winner of the Zart National Teacher-Artist Prize – the first art prize for art teachers in the world. 

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Faith In The Future: Diocese Of Wollongong Celebrates 200 Years Of Catholic Education

Posted 25 May 2021 by Catholic Education

A celebration to mark the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia was held on Dharawal land this week, with students from 45 Catholic schools across the Diocese of Wollongong—from the Macarthur, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands—gathering as one community of faith.

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Award-winning author visits St John’s Catholic Primary School, Dapto

Posted 20 May 2021 by Catholic Education

‘Never give up’ and ‘have the courage to follow your dreams’ were some of the inspirational messages students at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Dapto, heard during an impromptu visit from international award-winning author, Kirli Saunders. 

 

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"We All Fit Together” - Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School Celebrates World Autism Awareness Month

Posted 12 May 2021 by Catholic Education

Celebrating difference, acceptance, and inclusivity of people are at the heart of Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School’s identity. These qualities were on display when the school celebrated World Autism Awareness Month with a special day themed ‘We All Fit Together’ on Friday 30 April. 

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CEDoW Catholic school enrolments continue to grow

Posted 10 May 2021 by Catholic Education

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong have experienced a 17% increase in students over the past decade, with 2021 enrolments representing an almost 2% increase over last year’s figures.

Find out why more and more local parents are choosing to send their children to our Catholic schools...

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'Have Your Say' survey winners announced

Posted 3 May 2021 by Catholic Education

Thank you to everyone who responded to our 'Have Your Say' surveys at the end of Term 1. One winner was randomly selected for each of the three surveys. Winners were notified by email in Week 2, Term 2.

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Ss Peter and Paul Kiama Focus On Autism Awareness

Posted 20 April 2021 by Catholic Education

Seaside sand modelling, rainbow mufti dress and sharing different classrooms – these were some of the highlights of a World Autism Awareness Day celebration at Ss Peter and Paul Parish Primary School Kiama

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Female Catholic School Students Honoured with Prestigious Science Award

Posted 9 April 2021 by Catholic Education

Two female students from Mt Carmel Catholic College, Varroville have been awarded a prestigious Victor Chang School Science Award for their positive work ethic, passion for learning, and curiosity for the world we live in.

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Talented Student Composes Orginal Song to Celebrate Holy Week

Posted 31 March 2021 by Catholic Education

Christian Barbadillo is a talented young man. At the age of just 11, the Year 6 student from St Justin’s Catholic Primary School, Oran Park, is an accomplished songwriter, who recently composed and recorded a song titled 'We Are the Reason' in celebration of Holy Week and Easter.  

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Eileen O'Connor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program supports tertiary education pathways for John Therry students

Posted 24 March 2021 by Catholic Education

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) and Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor are very pleased to launch a new tertiary education pathways initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow, where 12% of the student population identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

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Adverse Weather Update

Posted 21 March 2021 by Catholic Education

An update for parents, carers and students at Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) schools regarding the current adverse weather event.

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Celebrating St Joseph’s Day with the students of St Joseph’s Primary School Bulli

Posted 19 March 2021 by Catholic Education

The sun may not have been out this St Joseph’s Day, but that didn’t stop the students of St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Bulli, from shining as they gathered with Bishop Brian Mascord to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint.

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The Catholic School Difference - Catholic Schools Week Celebrations

Posted 8 March 2021 by Catholic Education

From school liturgies to picnic lunches, Catholic school communities across the diocese were a buzz of excitement last week as they celebrated Catholic Schools Week (CSW). This year’s celebrations were especially meaningful, as they coincided with the nationwide celebration of 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. 

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Embracing opportunities at St Paul's Catholic Primary School and St Joseph's Catholic High School

Posted 2 March 2021 by Catholic Education

St Paul's Catholic Primary School Albion Park and St Joseph's Catholic High School Albion Park, with a close affiliation with the traditions of the Joseph Sisters who worked in the local parish, continue to emulate their teachings and to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. St Paul's and St Joseph's are inclusive and open to all. Enrolments are now open and welcomed by both schools.

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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2021

Posted 1 March 2021 by Catholic Education

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education. This year, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong joins with dioceses and Catholic education systems and schools across the country to celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. CSW 2021 will be held throughout the Wollongong diocese from 1-7 March, with all 38 systemic Catholic schools celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of Catholic education. 

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New Staff Welcomed

Posted 26 February 2021 by Catholic Education

Last night Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) celebrated their annual Welcome Dinner for new staff, across two inspiring simultaneous COVID safe events, located in Wollongong and Campbelltown. Over 185 guests were in attendance as new staff were warmly welcomed into our remarkable system of schools.

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CEDoW Step Into Teaching Scholarship Awards

Posted 19 February 2021 by Catholic Education

A love of teaching—along with the offer of financial and academic support and a guaranteed role at a Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) school—were the inspiration for recent CEDoW Catholic school graduates Morgan White, Monique Fenech, Sarah Schembri, Samuel Franklin and Bowe-Armanii Smith, who officially accepted positions in CEDoW’s new Step Into Teaching Scholarship Program last week.

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Bridging the Gender Gap in Science

Posted 11 February 2021 by Catholic Education

Today, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) joins with nations around the world to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, acknowledging the past and present contribution of women working to close the gender gap in the field of science. edu

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HSC 2020 results: CEDoW students' success

Posted 18 December 2020 by Catholic Education

Across the Diocese of Wollongong, the class of 2020 woke early today. With anticipation, they logged on to receive their HSC results. For 13 years, they have laughed, learned, and overcome many challenges—this year, their hard work, resilience and dedication have paid off.

More than a thousand students from our eight systemic Catholic secondary schools completed the HSC this year. More than a third of those students have been acknowledged as Distinguished Achievers, with a further six All-round Achievers, seven Top Achievers and one First in Course.

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'Answering the call of Pope Francis': Bishop's Student Excellence Awards 2020

Posted 16 November 2020 by Catholic Education

Eight outstanding Year 12 student leaders from systemic secondary schools across the Diocese of Wollongong have been awarded the prestigious Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to their Catholic faith, their academic, sporting, creative, and vocational achievements, and their community-based accomplishments during the 2020 school year. 

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CEDOW 2020 Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition Goes Virtual

Posted 14 October 2020 by Catholic Education

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Wollongong Art Gallery over the next month, what a beautiful sight you will see. In a year marred by disappointments and challenges brought on by COVID-19, the 52 inspiring student artworks selected for the 2020 CEDOW Christmas Story Art Exhibition and competition, provide creative and artistic examples of hope and joy, as illustrated through the message of the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 

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Year 12 students celebrate historic name change at John Therry Catholic College

Posted 29 September 2020 by Catholic Education

In a year marred by disruptions to student learning and cancellations of school events, the outgoing Year 12 students of John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow recently had the opportunity to celebrate a significant event in their school’s history – a blessing ceremony to officiate the change of school name.

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CEDoW Youth Ministry program undertakes review

Posted 17 September 2020 by Catholic Education

Since its introduction in 2016, more than 3000 Catholic primary and secondary students have celebrated, explored, and engaged in their faith through a growing number of worship, and spiritual encounters provided by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), in collaboration with Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW). A Review of the CEDoW Youth Ministry strategies and initiatives is currently being undertaken to ensure that the vibrant and creative methods of communication—developed to evangelise and engage a growing number of young adults and children with their faith in CEDoW schools—continues. 

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R U OK? DAY

Posted 10 September 2020 by Catholic Education

2700 packs of wellbeing postcards and delicious cookies - baked with love - have been distributed to Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) teachers, school and office staff to encourage people to take a break, start a conversation with friends, colleagues, and loved ones, in support of R U OK? Day.

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ORDER NOW: Adore–Advent & Christmas Reflections 2020

Posted 7 September 2020 by Jessica Sparks

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong is now taking orders for 'Adore—Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2020' – an 88-page pocket-size book containing short spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (29 November 2020) through to the Baptism of the Lord (10 January 2021).

Order your copy today [link to purchase inside]

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FOR ALL THINGS, GIVE HOPE: Year 12 student leadership visits with Bishop Brian Mascord and CEDoW Director of Schools, Peter Hill

Posted 28 August 2020 by Catholic Education

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1Thessalonians (5:18), was the focus of the 2020 Year 12 Student Leadership Visits with Bishop of Wollongong, Most Rev Brian Mascord and CEDoW Director of Schools, Peter Hill.

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KNIT4NEED Challenge

Posted 26 August 2020 by Catholic Education

Earlier this month, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) presented hundreds of scarves, beanies, booties, and blankets, to Wollongong’s Vinnies Van Coordinator, Kelly McCrohon. Each knitted item was lovingly handmade by students, staff, extended members of our school communities and Catholic Education staff, as part of CEDoW’s inaugural KNIT4NEED Challenge—supporting marginalised members of our local community who suffer from homelessness.

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CEDoW students embrace the potential of science

Posted 20 August 2020 by Catholic Education

Dr. Aidan Johnson, Science Coordinator at John Therry Catholic College said all five students enrolled in the course had done an outstanding job with their research and the quality of the work they presented. “The recent bushfires and current Coronavirus pandemic have brought the importance of the three John Therry students’ projects into the spotlight,” said Dr. Johnson. “Due to the high quality of the work and topical research, all three are now aiming to have their projects published in scientific journals.“We congratulate all students on their achievements and we wish them well for their future scientific endeavors.

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Free counselling support for bushfire-affected Shoalhaven residents

Posted 25 June 2020 by Catholic Education

CatholicCare is excited to announce that they are now delivering free counselling support for members of the Shoalhaven community, who may have been affected in any way, by the bushfire events.

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Plenary Council Update: Assembly Dates Announced

Posted 19 June 2020 by Catholic Education

The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will be held in Adelaide from October 3-10, 2021, and in Sydney from July 4-9, 2022.

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John Therry Catholic College supporting those in need during COVID-19

Posted 15 May 2020 by Catholic Education

John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow have come together with other organisations in the Macarthur area to providing comfort and support to vulnerable Aboriginal Elders and indigenous families in the area, who have been struggling through these difficult times due to COVID-19. 

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Holy Week Online with Bishop Brian Mascord – Times & Live-Streaming Information

Posted 2 April 2020 by Catholic Education

Due to NSW Government’s restrictions on two-person public gatherings, Bishop Brian Mascord will be celebrating Palm Sunday and Holy Week with online Masses and liturgies that will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Wollongong's YouTube channel dow.sh/YouTube, Facebook page facebook.com/WollongongCatholic and website www.dow.org.au.

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Diocesan Delegates Named for Celebration of Plenary Council

Posted 27 March 2020 by Catholic Education

Plenary Council President Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has written to 266 Catholics throughout Australia, calling them as delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

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"...THE TEACHER DOES NOT WRITE ON INANIMATE MATERIAL, BUT ON THE VERY SPIRITS OF HUMAN BEINGS": DIOCESAN EDUCATION MASS

Posted 17 March 2020 by Catholic Education

As part of Catholic Schools Week, 500 CEDoW staff gathered for a moving celebration at the annual Diocesan Education Mass. The Mass saw Catholic educators from all four regions of the Wollongong Diocese come together in a strong statement of unity and spirit at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow, to celebrate who we are and we believe in.

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“WRITE THE STORY YOU WANT TO TELL” - DIOCESE WELCOMES 152 NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Posted 5 March 2020 by Catholic Education

A blend of wisdom and youth filled the room, as over 200 guests gathered at Villa D’oro Function Centre on 27 February to welcome new staff to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

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Plenary Council Update

Posted 4 March 2020 by Catholic Education

The Plenary Council in Australia is now just months away. The Plenary Council will begin on:
• Sunday 4 October 2020 in Adelaide and conclude on Sunday 11 October 2020
• Monday 28 June 2021 in Sydney and conclude on Saturday 3 July 2021

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for parents and students – 1 March 2020

Posted 1 March 2020 by Catholic Education

Update regarding overseas school excursions

Based on the advice we have received from Catholic Schools NSW, the NSW Department of Education, the NSW Ministry of Health and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CEDoW has determined that all overseas school excursions are currently 'on hold' until further notice. This also means that parents/students are not required to make any further scheduled payments for school-based overseas travel until further notice. 

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'GO FURTHER TOGETHER’: WOLLONGONG STUDENTS COME TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORLD’S POOR AT PROJECT COMPASSION FOR 2020

Posted 28 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Wollongong Catholic School students come together in solidarity with the world's poor at Project Compassion for 2020. Ten-year-old Tawonga often had to miss school because she was too sick from hunger. The youngest of six children, Tawonga was born in a region of Malawa plagued by food insecurity and poverty.  For most of her life, her parents struggled to put meals on the table. The family has also faced discrimination in their community due to Tawonga having a disability. 

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RELIGION TO RELATE TO: ST MICHAEL’S SCHOOL CAPTAIN RETURNS AS NEWEST TEACHER

Posted 27 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Good things seem to come in fives for Dylan Anderson. Fifteen years ago, he walked through the gates of St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Nowra for the first time. Five years later he was school captain. Now he’s back as the school’s newest teacher, sharing a class with the woman who first inspired his love for education – his Year Five teacher, Maree Hamilton.

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Mount Carmel Varroville celebrates their HSC High Achievers success

Posted 25 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Starting small was revealed as the secret to large successes at the Mount Carmel Catholic College Varroville’s HSC High Achievers ceremony last Friday, which celebrated the outstanding results of the school’s 2019 Year 12 cohort.

Mount Carmel recognised an impressive 14 HSC High Achievers, including student, Shequina Pereira, who placed first in all NSW-based schools in Indonesian Beginners. Mount Carmel was pleased to welcome special guests from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia for the occasion.

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