Modern slavery is a current reality which is hidden in plain sight in Australia. Place-based faith communities such as the Catholic parish are ideally situated to combat this evil at the local level. This presentation will explain what modern slavery is and how the Catholic parish unintentionally contributes to it. In keeping with Catholic social teaching and the Gospel call to ‘love thy neighbour’, four easy-to-implement Parish Actions will be examined along with resources, indicators of slavery and helps for victims.
This presentation is for Parish Priests, Parish Pastoral Council members, Safeguarding Officers, parishioners, and anyone interested in what the Catholic community is doing to eradicate risk of slavery from its supply chains. All are invited to join!
Deacon Gregory Lowe is the inaugural Director of the new Western Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (WACMRO). WACMRO seeks to promote the acceptance and settlement of migrants and refugees into Australia. It aspires to support migrants and refugees in a manner that upholds their dignity to enable them to feel a sense of welcome and belonging in the parish and broader community. Rev. Gregory was ordained deacon by Archbishop Hickey in 2006 for the Perth Archdiocese. Currently, he is the Parish Deacon in the Innaloo / Karrinyup parish where he conducts baptisms, marriages,
funerals and assists at the Sunday Mass.