During this week our thoughts turn in particular to the millions of refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution, prejudice or natural disasters. We know of course that behind all the statistics, there is a human story, a person – someone just like us.
We also know and sense an urgent call to respond to Jesus’ dream that the stranger would be welcomed.
Wherever Brigidine Sisters live and work we do what we can to support those seeking freedom and safety. Our prayer and discussions also reflect an awareness of longing for justice for refugees.
The following article by Brigidine Brigid Arthur CSB, one of the pioneers of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project in Melbourne is shared here to further inform our conversations and actions during Refugee Week 2020.
Brigid Arthur CSB, Libby Saunders (Co-ordinators of Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project) and Jude Caldwell CSB, one of the many volunteers)
Brigid Arthur CSB, second right, receiving acknowledgement by Catholic Social Services Victoria in 2019