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).

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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How to Psychologically Explain Climate Change Denial

Days after millions of young people demanded an end to the fossil fuel era at protests around the world, a landmark U.N. backed study of the links between oceans, glaciers, ice caps and the climate, was clear that allowing carbon … Continue reading

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Peter Gardiner CP in Cambodia (concluded)

Peter Gardiner CP sent me the second part of his journal on the time he is spending volunteering in Cambodia. So to complete his story, please find as follows his account of the work and experiences he had while there. … Continue reading

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Peter Gardiner CP in Cambodia

Peter Gardiner CP, part of our JPIC committee, has once again headed north to Cambodia to do volunteer work for VBC (Volunteer Building Cambodia). He is keeping a diary of his work and time there and has sent me his … Continue reading

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Contemplating Israel

On the 5thof June, I conducted a mass for a house of a Catholic Girl’s high school in which I used, in my homily, the case of Israel Folau as a means to try to open up the discussion on … Continue reading

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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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