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).

Dear Mr. Morrison

Our recent federal election returned Scott Morrison, leader of the LNP, to the post of Prime minister of Australia. It was a surprise for many of us due to the turmoil that the coalition leadership has experienced over the last … Continue reading

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The Problem of Corruption in Our Church

For this month’s JPIC blog article, I offer you a homily  delivered at St. Dominic’s parish, Camberwell, Melbourne, on Sunday the 3rd of March this year by Fr. Peter Murnane OP. It pertains to the sex abuse scandal in our … Continue reading

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Good News for the Environment

The election of President Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new leader was a great concern for those of us who are worried about the environment and the immanent threat of Climate change. He promised to exploit the Amazon, harvesting the rain … Continue reading

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The Insect Apocalypse

Where have all the grasshoppers gone? Over that last 2 years I became aware that I hadn’t seen a grasshopper in years. I remember as a child that whenever I crossed a piece of lawn, be it our lawn at … Continue reading

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Patron of Victims of Modern Day Slavery

On the 8thof February we celebrate the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. She is the patron saint of those trafficked into modern slavery, because she herself was a victim of slavery. Bakhita was born in 1869 to a locally … Continue reading

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Self-Interest Versus the Common Good

This year, a global survey across 28 countries called the Edelman Trust Barometer, showed that trust in each of Australia’s four key institutions – government, business in general, the media and not-for-profit organizations – has fallen. Since 2017, trust in … Continue reading

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The Media Fuelling Racism

I did not believe, until recently, that there was significant racism in Australia. I am a migrant myself, born in the Philippines of Spanish blood, and immigrated with my family when I was 11 years old, in 1972. At that … Continue reading

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