By the beginning of 2011, Christianity has been described as the world's most persecuted religion. Yet despite the growing problems faced by many Christians, media coverage of their plight remains scarce.

Our focus is on people who are most in need, who are suffering from loneliness, mental illness, addictions, homelessness and other factors which alienate them within society. Those with the fewest options and who are most alienated are our special care.

Caritas Australia is the aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia.  With an aim to end poverty and promote justice we are working to uphold the human dignity of those at greatest risk and assist people regardless of their ethnicity, political beliefs, gender or religion.

Giving witness to the healing ministry of Jesus lies at the heart of the mission of Catholic health and aged care. The vision guiding our services is based on the Gospel – to be a sign of the compassion of God reaching into every human experience and especially the experience of vulnerability and suffering.

As did Jesus, Catholic Mission is sent to:
  • Bring good news to the poor
  • Proclaim release to captives and recovery of sight to the blind
  • Let the oppressed go free
  • Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour

The Good News is proclaimed most powerfully in selfless acts of love. By these acts, Christians are both signs and revelations of Christ. “This witness is the first and irreplaceable form of mission”*. This witness is essential so that all will know Jesus as saviour and fullness of life, and come into the body of Christ.


CatholicCare is the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney, supporting communities through treatment for drug, alcohol or gambling addictions; family and relationship counselling; children and youth services; employment and training; foster care and adoptions; supported accommodation; respite services; and support for the aged and people living with a disability.

Good Grief Ltd is committed to relieving suffering and bringing hope to people affected by change, loss and grief.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world and in our own Australian community.

JRS Australia works with asylum seekers and refugees by responding to their plight in a manner that is both personal and practical. JRS particularly focuses on urgent needs where no one else is working.

Formed in 1986 by a group of lay people and the support of the sisters of Saint Joseph, JCA is Josephite Community Aid, a group committed to aiding people who are poor and underprivileged  through the dedication of young volunteers.

Marist Youth Care is a not-for-profit organisation focused on working with the most at risk young people in the community, assisting them to overcome their barriers and work towards social and economic independence. Marist Youth Care walks with and works with young people “at risk”.

Palms Australia recruits skilled Australians to volunteer in developing communities. Through Palms partner organisations, these volunteers assist individuals and organisations in Asia, Africa and the Pacific to develop their skill levels, build capacity and advance towards becoming communities that are self-sufficient, self-reliant and resilient.

Our mission is shaped by our inheritance of the vision, courage and audacity of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier and the Good Shepherd tradition she began to improve the lives of women and girls.

Sisters of Charity Outreach emerged in 1990 as a Family Care Services organisation serving women and families in NSW.

St Anthony’s Family Care works in collaboration with other agencies to provide a diverse range of flexible services across New South Wales that support families in need. St Anthony’s Family Care exists to carry on the work of Mary MacKillop in caring for children and families in need.

St Lucy's (a work of the Dominican Sisters) is an independent, specialist Catholic School and community. We reach out to children with disabilities who we recognise have the right to enjoy a rich education that will give them the same opportunity as other children to lead a fulfilling life.

The St Vincent de Paul Society's 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.