Author Archives: Passionist JPIC Australia

About Passionist JPIC Australia

I am a priest with the Passionist Congregation and a part of our Australian Province which includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. I have been ordained since December of 1992. I was born in the Philippines, though am from Spanish decent. I came to Australia in 1972 with my family when I was 11 years old, and we settled in Brisbane. That is where I did the rest of my growing up. On completing high school, I went to Queensland University where I studied for 4 years, completing a B.Sc. with a major in Microbiology. The following year I decided to enter into the Passionist Congregation to study for the priesthood. I trained for 9 years, and have been a priest for 25 years. In my time as a priest I have been Director of the Passionist Family Group Movement in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland; conducted over 400 Parish Missions all around Australia and New Zealand, but particularly in Victoria and Western Australia; worked in adult faith education, Sacramental preparation for children and parents; Hospital chaplaincy; High school chaplaincy, in-services and retreats. In the year 200 I became engaged in developing young adult retreat teams and training them to carry on our high school retreat programs. I am also chair of our Province’s committee for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC). I am also a member of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans).

Peter’s Rubbish School

In this month’s blog, I’d like to tell you about the ‘Rubbish School’ in Cambodia and the work one of our Australian Passionists, Peter Gardiner CP, is doing with them. Late last year, Tom McDonough CP, the provincial of our … Continue reading

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A History of Slavery

For this month’s blog article, I thought I’d offer you this ‘History of Slavery’ by Ron Davoran CP, who is community leader of our Sydney based community at Marrickville. Ron took a trip to Ghana in 1999 and to New … Continue reading

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COVID and the Survival Instinct

For all our success, we obviously aren’t out of the woods yet. A new outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne has meant that the state of Victoria has been put into lockdown for 6 weeks. That is 6 weeks without social … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Conspiracy

In last week’s blog article, I quoted Charles Eisenstien’s prophetic words, when reflecting on the current crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic, “COVID-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. To interrupt a habit is to … Continue reading

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The Choice Before Us

There is a quote by Sonya Renee Taylor that originated on Instagram that has been doing the rounds on Facebook that reads: “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Dunny Roll

The year was 2020, early March, or thereabouts; off the back of quite a summer plagued by bushfires and droughts. So the nation was exhausted, many folks weren’t thinking straight Which goes some way towards explaining #ToiletPaperGate. It started with … Continue reading

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The Threat from the Right

I was taken aback last week when I heard ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) director-general Mike Burgess naming neo-Nazi groups as one of Australia’s most serious security threats. In his first annual threat assessment from Canberra, he expressed concern at … Continue reading

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Health, a Justice Issue

When it comes to health concerns, at present all attention is focused on the Corona Virus outbreak and efforts to contain it. Of the infections and diseases that afflict humankind, some are caused by viruses and others by bacteria. Bacteria … Continue reading

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St. Anthony In the Fields Ecology Project

Many of you know that St. Anthony in the Fields, at Terrey Hills, NSW, was the birthplace of the Passionist Family Group Movement, but you may not know the lead it is taking in becoming a green church that is … Continue reading

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Growing Homelessness in Australia

The housing affordability crisis has been much on the news of late, as you are all aware. But what you may not know is that a key cause of the problem is that Australia has the highest housing costs and … Continue reading

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