Thursday, 25 September 2008

Hello and Goodbye

The other day we said hello to a new member of the Diocesan Pastoral Team, Sue O'Brien (pictured on left) who is the new Social Action Adviser. The focus of her work she told me is "to work with the parishes and other communities of the diocese to foster, encourage, and support their social action in the light of the Church's social teaching." We are very pleased to have her with us at DABCEC and are certain she will be a tremendous asset to the diocese. People are welcome to contact her either by email or by telephone on 01293 651154

At the same time we said goodbye to Kevin Burr, who was Justice & Peace Adviser in the diocese for some 18 years. He now retires after real dedicated service to the Church in Arundel & Brighton. There is much to thank him for whether around his work for ayslum seekers - Gatwick Detainees Welfard Group, or racial justice - the charter, or fairtrade - diocesan certification, or environmental issues - working ecumenically on this issue, or international debt - working closely with CAFOD and Jubilee Debt and so on - the list is long. Social justice so strongly supported by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI as a fundamental part of the Christian mission found a ready agent in Kevin. To continue this work and the mission of the Church in this area a new adviser is now being sought by the diocese.

Picture shows Kevin with his wife Jan


  1. Fairtade clerical shirts, charter for racial justice, music day with Paul Inwood... those Magic Circle boxes are being ticked!

    Damian T

    PS don't forget climate change :)

  2. Damian
    I think a concern for Fairtrade and racial justice is proper concern for any Diocese. Benedict XVI reminds us in his first Encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' that "Love of neighbour, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety." (para 20)
    The issue of social justice is not the only thing that is dealt with in this blog but it will always be an important part of it just as it is an important part of the Church's mission.
    God bless