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).

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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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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