Launch of Mary Potter Trust Foundation

The Mary Potter Trust Foundation, established by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Australia to further the assistance they provide to the marginalized in contemporary society, is to be launched next week, in Sydney on Thursday 16 June 2005.

This private Foundation provides grants to community groups across Australia that actively work towards addressing the social justice needs of the disadvantaged and promoting their human rights.

Sister Jennifer Barrow, Province Leader of the Little Company of Mary, says "That the spirit of Venerable Mary Potter lives through each century, giving witness to her initial vision and the mission of the Congregation which she founded. In 1885 the Little Company of Mary sisters came to Australia to bring Christ's healing presence to those in need through ministering to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

"Our ministry has developed over the years and 120 years on, in 2005, we find ourselves still drawn to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people, especially those on the margins of society. This Foundation will allow us to extend our reach to more and more people in need.

"Today we have high quality, values-based health and aged care services and facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Cessnock and Wagga Wagga."

Established in 2003, the Foundation has already funded nine projects across Australia.

Mr Neville Moses, Chairman of the Mary Potter Trust Foundation, says "Some of these include a part time indigenous support worker for a girls home in regional Queensland, a Muslim community project worker in South Australia, financial support for respite carers in New South Wales and opportunities for homeless people in metropolitan Victoria."

Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Mary Potter Trust Foundation
Little Company of Mary
Little Company of Mary Global Site

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15 Jun 2005