“Heart and Hope”

A history of the evolution and development of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) has been launched at a celebratory afternoon tea in Melbourne in September. This history tells the story of BASP over the last eighteen years since its beginnings in 2001. It also recalls the tradition out of which the project was formed and some of the stories of people involved along the way. It seeks to restate the unique approach taken by the BASP Community.

“The values and work of BASP have been a beacon for many. There is no doubt that they will continue to be a source of inspiration and action, a living example of heart and hope.” (p55)

At the launch, the author of the history, Ursula Groves was especially acknowledged and thanked. Founding Brigidine Sisters, Brigid Arthur CSB and Catherine Kelly CSB (deceased) were particularly thanked as was Libby Saunders, a current staff member of BASP.

Congratulations to each and all involved in bringing to life in real and practical ways the sentence: “I was a stranger and you made me welcome…”

Following are some photos from the celebratory launch of “Heart and Hope”.

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