Opened eyes and open hearts: reflecting on a weekend away for refugees


Josephite Community Aid News Story
A Josephite Community Aid weekend away for refugees (file photo).

Josephite Community Aid (JCA) - a Seven Hills-based Josephite community of young volunteers committed to walking with people who are poor and underprivileged - is celebrating its 25th year during the Silver Jubilee Year of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta (1986-2011).

JCA Coordinator Adrian Thompson recently shared a reflection of young volunteer Bonnie Owens in an issue of Mary MacKillop E-News.

Bonnie, a 17-year-old student from Leeton, spent four days with JCA to help out at a 'Weekend Away' for refugee and asylum seeker families.

"It was an experience I will never forget," Bonnie said. "I learnt that nothing is impossible if everyone works together, and I’ve never seen more of a group effort from myself and the people who accompanied me than when we became Josephites for the weekend.

"I have experienced no feeling better than the one I got knowing that I was helping people less fortunate than me have fun and be happy.

"Living in the bush, I don’t often experience the impact and difficulty of poverty like in the city. This experience not only showed me what and who needs help, but how I can do it."

Read Bonnie's full reflection at Mary MacKillop E-News

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JCA Co-ordinator Adrian Thompson played a special role in Mary MacKillop's Canonisation Mass in Rome in October last year. Taking part in the Offertory Procession, Adrian presented the gifts of bread and wine to Pope Benedict XVI.

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