“Our 40th anniversary is an exciting milestone in our history and development. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on our work with people who are most marginalised in our community, and look forward with hope and courage, as we strive to build a just society.”

– Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services

What do our first 40 years look like?

Since 1977, Jesuit Social Services has grown to deliver an array of social change programs across Australia. Discover our unique approach to social justice, which keeps us going where the need is greatest and working to solve the toughest social problems.

Events

We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with series of special events during 2017, and we’d love you to join us!

calendar-icon-annual-dinnerJesuit Social Services’ Annual Dinner

You’re invited to help us celebrate 40 years of Jesuit Social Services at our Annual Dinner, held in the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Saturday 25 March 2017. Join us for a truly stimulating and enjoyable event, featuring guest speaker Senator Patrick Dodson and a special performance by Archie Roach. Book now!

20 April 2017Night to honour The Knockabout Priest

Legendary former Pentridge Prison Chaplain Father John Brosnan will be honoured at a special tribute night as we mark the 50th anniversary of the last man hanged in Victoria, Ronald Ryan. Father Brosnan became famous as chaplain to Ryan who was hanged on February 3, 1967, and was Chaplain at Pentridge Prison for a remarkable 40 years. Speakers will include former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, philanthropist and former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa AO, former Pentridge inmates, Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards and others who knew Father Brosnan. Tickets are $40 (inclusive of booking fee).

Stories

Discover 40 years of Jesuit Social Services through interviews and stories with our current and former staff, volunteers, participants and supporters.

Thanksgiving celebration for 40 years of Jesuit Social Services

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Reflection

Throughout our 40 years as a Jesuit organisation, we’ve followed the Ignatian philosophy of living ‘with one foot raised’. This means we have one foot grounded in relationship and our 40 years’ experience; and one foot raised, ready to respond to new and emerging needs. We’re committed to building a just society, in 2017 and beyond.

According to St Ignatius, a Jesuit is one who is to live ‘always with one foot raised, ready to hasten from one place to another, in accordance with our vocation and our Institute.’ – Ignatius, Letters Vol 2:581

Learn more about our Jesuit heritage on our History page.