Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April

Many of our members will remember RMIT lecturer Dr Caroline Norma, who spoke to the MCLA in 2012 on the topic “Females for Sale and Selling a Lie: Prostitution in Victoria”.

Caroline is organising a conference against prostitution called 'The World's Oldest Oppression', which will take place at RMIT on the weekend of 9-10 April. 

This conference will give a platform to survivors of prostitution and their supporters to speak out and collectively organize.  It will also host the launch of a book which Caroline has edited with Melinda Tankard Reist entitled "Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade".

You are very welcome to attend the conference – please see the flyer and itinerary.

Alternatively, you might like to show your support by making a donation, for example to help cover the cost of prostitution survivors from outside Victoria travelling to the conference.  (The conference is being organized solely on a volunteer basis, and speakers are not being paid.) 

Here is a spreadsheet of running costs - if you would like to contribute, please make your donation to the following account:

Bank: Westpac
Account name: Sisterhood Circle
BSB (branch number) : 034008
Account number: 219141


Tuesdays, 2 February to 22 March 2016, 6.30pm–8.30pm

ACU Rooftop Garden, Level 6, Daniel Mannix Building, 17 Young Street, Fitzroy

Young people aged 18–35 are invited to join an eight-week discussion group on Theology of the Body, and uncover the wisdom of St John Paul II’s teaching on love, happiness, human dignity and God’s plan for men and women.

Saturday 13 February
9:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Carmelite Centre
O’Connor Pilkington Rooms
214 Richardson Street - Middle Park

This Saturday retreat will be an introduction to the “Practice of the Presence of God” on our everyday lives, as lived and taught by the Carmelite Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. Facilitated by Bernadette Micallef, we will explore the treasures of his teaching through his own life story as well as through practical exercises, quiet prayer and reflection on his timeless wisdom.

Monday 15 February

St Dominic's Church, 816 Riversdale Road, Camberwell

The Dominicans are currently celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers and so it is fitting that the St Dominic's series Faith Seeking Understanding kicks off its 2016 talks with Rev. Br James Baxter OP presenting The Easter Triduum. The talk starts at 7.30pm sharp on Monday 15 February in St Dominic's parish centre. It will conclude with Q&A followed by a light supper.

Wednesday 24 February

St Vincent de Paul's St Francis Conference hosts the Social Justice in the City series.

Lectures are held at the St Francis Pastoral Centre, corner Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne, on the last Wednesday of the month – February through to November, from 12 to 1.

Do join us for topical presentations by excellent guest speakers and a “cuppa” … everyone is welcome.

Our guest speaker this month is Fr Bruce Duncan, a Redemptorist priest teaching at Yarra Theological Union and Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy.  Fr Duncan will be speaking on ‘Pope Francis and the Justice Cause’.  

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