Social justice is at the heart of our faith. We participate in the Church’s mission, ‘to bring Good News to the poor’ (Luke 4:18), forming students’ minds, hearts and consciences to give witness to a faith which does justice with love.
The community of St Francis School participate in a range of social justice initiatives. The aim of these initiatives is to empower the students to give something of themselves in the service of others in preference to charitable donations. These initiatives include raising funds for Caritas Project Compassion, A Can of Soup and Blanket drive to support St Vincent De Paul, Social Justice Week in support of Catholic Charities and a Christmas Hamper Appeal for non- perishable goods in support of the local St Vincent de Paul conference. The students involved in the ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ program also provide soup for St Vincent De Paul. A Reading and Arts program which involves all senior students, early year students and instrumental students, and the residents of St Raphael’s Nursing Home. The connection and the building of relationships outside the community have been the potent teaching and learning strategies in the area of social justice.
“The biblical injunction to, “act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) challenges students to embrace a faith that calls us to act justly.
In the words of St Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words.” There is no substitute for ‘walking the talk’ in being a disciple of Christ.