COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Centre

Posted 8 July 2020 by Catholic Education

Welcome to the CEDoW COVID-19 Information Centre

Last updated 15 June 2020

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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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, Facebook page and website

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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.

Find the delegates for the Wollongong Diocese inside.

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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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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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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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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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CEDoW students gather to reflect on enriching ACYF experience

Posted 17 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Over 100 CEDoW students and staff who attended December’s Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth have gathered together at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi to reconnect and reflect on the vibrancy of the special event and the many ways the experience has positively impacted them.

See photos from the ACYF trip and read the delegations five-day blog inside.

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WEATHER UPDATE: All schools are operational today (Tuesday 11 February)

Posted 11 February 2020 by Catholic Education

All Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong schools are operational today, Tuesday 11 February 2020.

There are no known issues with buses or transport operators.

The Illawarra Highway remains closed in both directions at Macquarie Pass, and there is floodwater on Old Port Road at Port Kembla. Drivers should use alternative routes.

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St Anthony's Picton, St Paul's Albion Park and St Joseph's Albion Park CLOSED Monday 10 February

Posted 9 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Due to the worsening wet conditions, three of our schools are CLOSED THIS MONDAY 10 February – St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Picton; St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Albion Park and St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park.

Students should remain at home, but supervision is available if needed. 

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Severe Weather Warning: Advice for Families and Staff

Posted 9 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Based on the current weather conditions and the latest Severe Weather Warning from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) (ie: Sunday, 9 February 2020 at 5:25pm), CEDoW is asking all families and staff not to put their personal safety at risk when it comes to travelling to school this Monday 10 February...

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A saintly visit: Mount Carmel Varroville welcomes relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and parents

Posted 4 February 2020 by Catholic Education

For the first time in 18 years, the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are currently visiting Australia on a four-month pilgrimage with her parents, Ss Louis and Zélie Martin. Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville has fittingly been the first school to host the relics of Carmelite saint and her parents on this 2020 pilgrimage.

Mount Carmel teacher, Victoria Lee, captured the spirit of the school’s Opening Mass celebrating the occasion…

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Novel Coronavirus: Updated advice for travellers from China

Posted 3 February 2020 by Catholic Education

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATED ADVICE: Based on the new federal government advice today, 3 February 2020, the following applies to travellers from China...

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Novel Coronavirus: Advice for parents ahead of school returning

Posted 28 January 2020 by Catholic Education

UPDATE: The NSW Government has today requested that children who have visited China in the past two weeks [or who has been in contact with a person confirmed as having novel coronavirus] not attend school or childcare services until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure from China

More information from NSW Health inside. Parents with concerns can contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page on novel coronavirus here.

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Bishop Brian calls for delegates to represent the diocese at Plenary Council

Posted 27 January 2020 by Bishop Brian Mascord

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am writing to invite expressions of interest from prospective Diocese of Wollongong delegates to attend the Plenary Council 2020...

Completed applications using the Expression of Interest Form must be sent via email to Mr John Tubridy by 5.00pm Tuesday 4 February 2020. More information and forms inside.

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Bishop Brian Mascord on the Bushfire Emergency Response

Posted 3 January 2020 by Bishop Brian Mascord

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I write these words at a time when many within your communities have lost so much and many grieve the loss of friends and family. There are really no words that can be said that can take away the pain or the loss that you are suffering at this time...

Read more from Bishop Brian inside.

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Corpus Christi Spreads Christmas Spirit to Vulnerable Families

Posted 20 December 2019 by Catholic Education

It’s a time for giving gifts to our loved ones, but how can we extend the Christmas spirit to those in need? This December, Corpus Christi Catholic High School Oak Flats are brightening the season of goodwill for families in the Shellharbour region through their generous donations of hampers to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Christmas Hamper Appeal. 

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Smart Solution for Mathematics Teacher Shortage

Posted 18 December 2019 by Catholic Education

To inspire and support teachers to expand their knowledge to provide the optimum education for students, a new initiative has been implemented by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, Australia to increase the number of specialist mathematics teachers in the diocese.    

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St John's Nowra Student Ideas Take Flight

Posted 13 December 2019 by Catholic Education

Giant catapults, racing airplanes, bionic hands with moveable fingers and intricate light coding – in an exciting day of learning Year 9 students at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School Nowra challenged their imaginations in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during their immersion day.

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St Anthony’s Picton in pole position for F1 in Schools success

Posted 11 December 2019 by Catholic Education

St Anthony’s Picton primary students feel the need – the need for speed! They’ve jumped into the F1 in Schools competition for the first time with full gusto, matching it with high school teams from across the state to collaborate, design, build and race the fastest Formula 1®​ Cars of the Future.

Read about the teams' impressive performances at the recent NSW State Finals, taking the competition up to students five years their senior.

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‘The potential is incredibly exciting’: Multi-million dollar new TAS & VET facilities at St Joseph’s Albion Park

Posted 6 December 2019 by Catholic Education

It’s every TAS, VET and trades student’s dream – multi-million dollar, modern facilities to learn skills, design and practice your craft; tailor-made training spaces for a range of specialities, state-of-the-art equipment and the highest quality resources, all at your fingertips for the best possible learning and outcomes. New major upgrades at St Joseph’s Albion Park now provide this potential for its students, all right at school.

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Smoke Advisory: NSW Bushfires

Posted 5 December 2019 by Catholic Education

Smoke from bushfires is affecting large areas of NSW.

Very heavy smoke is affecting the Sydney area. Smoke is also affecting areas including the north coast, Central Coast, Hawkesbury, Wollondilly, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas.

Smoke will settle in many areas through the morning and likely to settle throughout the day. If you are easily affected by smoke, take precautions to protect your health.

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Catholic Development Fund Diocesan Public Speaking Competition

Posted 4 December 2019 by Catholic Education

Public speaking is something that many people are afraid of undertaking. According to research, it tops our biggest fears, and is one of the world’s most common phobias – but it isn’t a concern for the students who attended this year’s Catholic Development Fund Diocesan Public Speaking grand final - an annual competition which challenges students to develop communication skills, confidence, motivation and knowledge sharing.

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Health Warning: Bushfire Smoke

Posted 4 December 2019 by Catholic Education

A reminder for people to be vigilant about their health and take precautions as the air quality across NSW may be affected by the extensive smoke from ongoing bushfires.

Information on managing bushfire smoke haze health risks and the things you can do to reduce your chances of being affected.

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John Therry Rosemeadow wins Macarthur Nature Photography Competition

Posted 2 December 2019 by Catholic Education

In a society where we are exposed to an avalanche of images every day – be it online, through television or social media – a striking photograph can still cut through the clutter, revealing to us something in our world we’ve been missing. John Therry Rosemeadow students have risen to this challenge, producing remarkable visuals to win 'Champion Photography High School' at this year’s Macarthur Nature Photography Competition.

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School Milton - Fire Warning Update

Posted 2 December 2019 by Catholic Education

The decision has been made to REOPEN St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Milton tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December) for those students who can access the school without any impediment.

However, we are respectfully asking that families who live in bushfire affected areas south of the school, such as those between Termeil and South Durras to avoid all non-essential travel including transporting children to school.

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Magdalene students race to success in F1 in Schools competition

Posted 25 November 2019 by Catholic Education

In a competition where fast cars are the name of the game, students at Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan are going from strength to strength in their bid to design, construct and race the best Formula 1®​ Car of the Future in the prestigious international F1 in Schools competition.

Read how our three Magdalene teams fared at the recent State Finals.

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The Good, The Beautiful, The True: Student Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Posted 20 November 2019 by Catholic Education

A song about happiness, a short story about a golden piano, and a painting inspired by a Dubstep song that filled the artist with a “pulse of enjoyment” – these are some of the talented artworks produced by primary and secondary students from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

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Posted 18 November 2019 by Catholic Education

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Ms Toni Sillis, Principal of Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, Fairy Meadow. The three-stream school opened in 2012 – an amalgamation of the former St Francis Xavier’s and St John Vianney’s schools. The school also has a Learning Support Centre for students with special learning needs. 

We spent #OneMinuteWith Toni to ask her about her educational background and her aspirations as principal of Good Samaritan.

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‘Exemplifying the best of Catholic education’: Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards 2019

Posted 15 November 2019 by Catholic Education

Eight Year 12 students from across the Diocese of Wollongong have been celebrated at this year’s Bishop's Student Excellence Awards for their outstanding schooling achievements and contributions – praised for exemplifying the best of Catholic education in a young adult about to graduate from school.

INSIDE: View our photo gallery and listen to audio of each student's citation, read out at the ceremony by their principal.

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Million-Dollar Makeover for St Pius X Unanderra

Posted 13 November 2019 by Catholic Education

Cushioned lounges, areas for audio recording and ‘charging cupboards’ for gadgets – these are some of the highlights of a renovation makeover at St Pius X Catholic Primary School in Unanderra which has excited students and teachers alike.

The new facilities provide modern and ambient spaces where students are able to learn in a diverse range of settings that incorporate flexible classrooms with breakout areas extending to airy outdoor zones.

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Art-standing ARTSTOBER celebrations at St Joseph’s Albion Park

Posted 6 November 2019 by Catholic Education

Creativity has filled the hallways and classrooms of St Joseph’s Albion Park with a special enthusiasm over the past month – music, singing, art, design, photography, drama, dance and more, all to celebrate ARTSTOBER and showcase some of the wonderful creative and artistic opportunities available at the school.

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John Therry Rosemeadow student Riley Tonna wins Victor Chang School Science Award

Posted 4 November 2019 by Catholic Education

From investigating the effect of phone radiation to studying the local koala population in an effort to improve conservation practices, John Therry Rosemeadow student, Riley Tonna, has a heart and mind for science. His dedication and hard work in his Science studies have seen him awarded a prestigious Victor Chang School Science Award  for 2019.

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Coding, creativity and communication success at CEDoW VEX Robotics Final

Posted 31 October 2019 by Catholic Education

Over 50 students from five of our Catholic primary schools have put their innovative engineering, problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test, competing in the inaugural Diocesan VEX Robotics Final – with three impressive teams qualifying for the VEX Robotics Nationals Competition!

Which teams won the challenges and who has been invited to Nationals? Find out inside!

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CEDoW staff recognised at Teachers' Guild of NSW Awards

Posted 30 October 2019 by Catholic Education

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong was well and proudly represented at the 2019 Teachers' Guild of NSW Awards night, with two key awards conferred on CEDoW staff – John Therry Rosemeadow Science Coordinator, Dr Aidan Johnson, and St Joseph's Albion Park early career teacher, Zachary Ellul.

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New Education Policies Released

Posted 28 October 2019 by Catholic Education

As Pope Francis said, “An education in the fullness of humanity should be the defining of Catholic schools”. This sentiment is reflected in a new series of policies and procedures from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), which were released to schools during several workshops held in September and October. Their aim is to embrace and support student pastoral care, wellbeing and diverse learning needs across all age groups.

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World Teachers' Day 2019

Posted 24 October 2019 by Catholic Education

World Teachers' Day will be celebrated in Australia this Friday 25 October. The day is an opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions all staff in our schools and offices make, each and every day in support of the learning and wellbeing of our students but particularly the important role teachers play in shaping the next generation.

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INTERACTIVE: See our Christmas Story Art Exhibition 2019

Posted 21 October 2019 by Catholic Education

Over a thousand Years 5 and 6 children across the diocese began last term with blank canvases and sheets of paper. Now, 56 talented young students have had their artworks selected for the 2019 CEDoW Christmas Story Art Competition and Exhibition at the Wollongong Art Gallery – inspiring us with beautiful imagery and artistry, rich meaning and creative storytelling to celebrate the Christmas Story. 

Missed out on seeing the Christmas Story Art Exhibition? View our interactive virtual tour with audio to explore the exhibition yourself. View all our top 56 students' artworks in detail and hear from each student as they describe their artwork to you.

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St Thomas More's Young Talent Shines in Wakakirri Challenge

Posted 15 October 2019 by Catholic Education

They may be young but they’re not lacking in talent. In August, students from St Thomas More Ruse shone in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge extravaganza - Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools - held at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. The theme of their dance had guests captivated and enthralled, winning the school the ‘Best Biographical History Story Award'.

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Water restrictions are now in place. Has your school applied for exemptions?

Posted 1 October 2019 by Catholic Education

Describing water as a precious element, Pope Francis emphasises that “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights”. Noting the fundamental role of water in creation and human development, Pope Francis stresses that it is precisely for this reason that “care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative”. 

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‘Do not fear for I am with you’: Diocesan Catholic Mission Launch

Posted 27 September 2019 by Catholic Education

How do you interpret the words ‘Do not fear for I am with you’? This was the question posed to attendees of the launch of World Mission Month – an annual occasion which celebrates stories of mission around the world, the power of collective charity and generous intentions.

This year, the words of Isaiah 41:10 inspired the theme of the event, which marked a special milestone. In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced that October would, from that point, be known as The Extraordinary Missionary Month - a worldwide occasion of prayer, stories of mission, formation and charity.

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Bringing biotechnology to the classroom: John Therry students get hands-on with cutting-edge science

Posted 25 September 2019 by Catholic Education

Students at John Therry Rosemeadow have enjoyed a high-quality, interactive biotechnology experience this term, with staff bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to the classroom. Using the kind of equipment university and PhD students use in the laboratory, the students have recreated the process used to manufacture human insulin and other life-saving medications, while practicing core STEM, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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Faith, Hope and Love: Year 12 Gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord

Posted 20 September 2019 by Catholic Education

Leadership, inclusivity and the importance of owning your choices - these were some of the wisdom-filled topics shared by Bishop Brian Mascord when he came together with over 2,000 students from systemic and congregational secondary schools to mark the students’ final year at secondary school.

CEDoW Education Officer, Cathy Brown, said the purpose of these gatherings is for our Year 12 students to meet together as young women and men of the diocese to have the opportunity to converse with Bishop Brian.

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'Called': LIVE Festival 2019

Posted 18 September 2019 by Catholic Education

“The dream has always been to give young people a dynamic, relevant and inspiring experience of the Catholic faith and this year, we saw that dream once again become an exciting reality.” These were the words of Seth Harsh, the Director of the Wollongong LIVE festival, who opened the annual event with a talk unpacking the theme ‘Called’. The subject? 'Who are we called to be, and by whom?’.

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