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Vinnies lecture to explore poverty


Fr Gerald Arbuckle will be the keynote speaker for tonight's ninth annual Ozanam Lecture, St Vincent de Paul Society announces.

Fr Gerald A Arbuckle, Co-Director of the Refounding and Pastoral Development Unit in NSW, will present his lecture entitled "Violence in Australian Poverty: A Fundamentalist Age".

As well as his current role, Fr Arbuckle is national director of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare Service and a consultant to healthcare systems in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Australia.

Fr Arbuckle has a worldwide reputation for his application of cultural anthropological insights to religious life and evangelisation.

Julie Morgan, Promoter of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation for the Franciscan Friars in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia, will respond to Fr Arbuckle's address.

The Society's Victorian State President, Syd Tutton said, "We are proud to continue the tradition of presenting excellent lecturers who advocate for society's disadvantaged and continue to raise community consciousness of contemporary social justice issues.

"The Society's passion for justice continues, providing friendship and support valued at over $5 million annually and assisting over 600,000 people in Victoria alone", he said.

The Ozanam Lecture celebrates the spirit of social justice and the charisma of the Society's founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the young Parisian University student who responded by providing practical support and friendship to the poor and destitute created by the Industrial Revolution.

The Ozanam Lecture will be held tonight 9 March, 7.30pm at St Francis' Church, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.


SOURCE
Raising social consciousness for the disadvantaged and marginalised (St Vincent de Paul Society VIC 8/3/06)

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