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).

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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Sexual Exploitation and Aid Agencies

While the media has focused a lot on institutional sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, just how wide spread this activity is in other organisations in a position of care for the vulnerable has not yet been reported widely. However, … Continue reading

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The Right Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

For this month’s article, I wanted to share in full the just released conference communiqué from the Health and Integrity in Church and Ministry Conference that was held in Melbourne on the 27-29th of August 2018. I believe it is … Continue reading

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Why the Swing to the Right?

The election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States took me completely by surprise. I didn’t think such a thing was possible because I believed that, as a world, we were beyond such a blatant … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Conscience in a Rather Unjust World

This month’s blog article comes from fellow Passionist, Dr. Brian Gleeson CP. “What is conscience?” a teacher asked her class of small children: Quick as a flash, one boy piped up: “It’s what makes you tell your mother before your … Continue reading

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Building a Better Future

Two years ago, Peter Gardiner CP took a group of volunteers to Cambodia to build houses for poor families. The trip was done with the organization, “Volunteer Building Cambodia” (VBC). Peter had been keen to take a group to do … Continue reading

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Microplastics and Public Health

In September of last year I was made aware that plastic pollution of the environment is not restricted to large items such as one use plastic bags or bottles, but that an unseen form of plastic pollution may have a … Continue reading

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