The two-day conference is organised by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, an agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Bishop Joseph Grech, the Bishops’ Delegate for Migration, will deliver the keynote address today.
He said the Conference was primarily aimed at bringing migrant chaplains and their associates together for fellowship, support, formation and teaching.
Bishop Grech said there would be a particular focus on encouraging participation of migrant groups for World Youth Day.
The conference program includes an address by Professor Des Cahill, Professor of Intercultural Studies at RMIT and an address by Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning.
On Tuesday, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn will speak on ‘Preparing Leaders from Migrant Communities’.
This will be followed by a panel discussion on Emerging Issues for Immigration Chaplains in a Multicultural Australia. Panellists will be Bishop Hilton Deakin of Melbourne and retired Bishop David Cremin of Sydney.
Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews and Shadow Immigration Minister Tony Burke will speak on Future Policies of Migration to Australia, and Cardinal George Pell will close the conference.
Migrant chaplains to hear from Immigration Minister and Shadow Minister at 2nd National Conference (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 26/10/07)
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29 Oct 2007