Fr Hyoe Murayama SJ, Director of Nossef shares his report for the second half of 2023
He writes in a covering letter. READ HERE.
St Canice’s raise over $1 million for Railaco
Thank you to the incredible generosity from the Sydney based Jesuit parish, St Canice, who has been a phenomenal supporter and companion to its sister Parish in Railaco, Timor-Leste since 2004.
During their recent St Ignatius Feast Day appeal, St Canice’s was able to reach a significant milestone of raising over $1 million for Railaco – thanks to 18 years of commitment and steadfast support from the St Canice’s community.
“sᴛ ᴄᴀɴɪᴄᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ, ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ! ʏᴏᴜ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴜs ᴀᴛ ᴏᴜʀ ʀᴏᴄᴋ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪғᴛᴇᴅ ᴜs ʙʏ ғᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴏᴜʀ ʜᴜɴɢʀʏ, ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅɪɴɢ sᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ ғᴏʀ ᴏᴜʀ sɪᴄᴋ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅɪɴɢ ᴇᴅᴜᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴜʀ ʏᴏᴜᴛʜ! ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴏᴅ ʙʟᴇss ʏᴏᴜ ғᴏʀ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʜɪᴍ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪssɪᴏɴ,” sᴀɪᴅ ғʀ ʙᴏɴɢ ᴀʙᴀᴅ sᴀɴᴛᴏs sᴊ, ᴡʜᴏ ʀᴜɴs ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏʙɪʟᴇ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ ɪɴ ʀᴀɪʟᴀᴄᴏ.
In 2004, then St Canice Parish priest Fr Steve Sinn SJ took a couple of parishioners to Railaco to see how they may support the Timorese people soon after they’d won their hard fought Independence, following 30 years of oppressive occupation by Indonesia.
The generous nature of the relationship between St Canice’s, Jesuit Mission and Railaco is reciprocal, and this cultural exchange has resulted in a close partnership with our neighbours in Timor-Leste.
“ʀᴀɪʟᴀᴄᴏ ɪs ᴀ ʀᴇᴀʟɪᴛʏ. ʀᴀɪʟᴀᴄᴏ ɪs ᴏᴜʀ sɪsᴛᴇʀ ᴘᴀʀɪsʜ. ᴀʟʟ ᴏᴜʀ ʟɪᴠᴇs ᴀʀᴇ ᴇɴʀɪᴄʜᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴅᴏɴᴇ ɪɴ ʀᴀɪʟᴀᴄᴏ,” said Michael Musgrave, St Canice’s parishioner and this year’s recipient of a Companion’s Medal for his tireless efforts in raising awareness and seeking funds for Railaco.
Michael along with many other parishioners of St Canice’s have been fortunate enough to visit the projects in Railaco, each time receiving an incredibly warm welcome and eye-opening experience from the community there.
“ɪ ғᴇᴇʟ sᴏ ᴡᴀʀᴍᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴡɪᴛɴᴇssɪɴɢ sᴜᴄʜ sᴇɴsᴇ ᴏғ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ғᴏʀ ᴏɴᴇ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ. ɪ ʜᴀᴠᴇ sᴇᴇɴ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴜɴᴅs ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴘᴜᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴜsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍʏ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ɪ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ғᴇʟᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴍᴇᴀɴs ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ. ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ʙɪᴛ ɢᴏᴇs ᴀ ʟᴏɴɢ ᴡᴀʏ,” said Dan Elias, a St Canice’s parishioner who recently visited Railaco.