Mission and Role

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation

Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World.

The Justice and Peace Office is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.


Justice and Peace Office Team

Dr Robbie Lloyd

Research and Project Officer

Dr Robbie Lloyd is a professional educator, mental health worker and reform agent in community health. He has worked for over 30 years in frontline community-based mental health and alcohol & other drugs support across Australia, in New Zealand, Indonesia and India. He has also been part of the Global Mental Health movement across Asia Pacific since 2012, with colleagues from the Creating Futures Collaborative for Rural, Remote, Indigenous & Islander Mental Health. This network is coordinated from James Cook University in Cairns, working to honour First Nations healers and medicines alongside western ways, in training local people to become the frontline workers in MH & AOD and Trauma Informed Care. Robbie has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for nearly 30 years, and he is also involved in the Adult Community Education movement across Australia, sitting on the national board of Adult Learning Australia for the past five years. He is passionate about building programs to support vulnerable community groups, including traumatized young people in Years 9&10 who are enrolling in Special Assistance High Schools after being rejected by mainstream schools because of their acting out behaviour due to trauma.

Email: robbie.lloyd@sydneycatholic.org

Mobile: 0417 570 980

Julie Macken

Research and Project Officer

During the early 1990’s Julie wrote a number of documentaries including, Mary the story of Saint Mary MacKillop, The Business of Saint Making and Muslim Converts, before joining  The Australian Financial Review as a senior writer for over a decade.  From 2007 onward she worked with Federal Labor, the NSW Greens, United Voice (then the LHMU) Greenpeace and more recently, ActionAid. She is currently doing a PhD at Western Sydney University into the question of Australia’s treatment of refugees. In 2016 she got together with Carmen Lawrence, Pamela Curr, Wendy Bacon and Claire O’Connor to form, Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru.She is passionate about changing the way Australia treats those who ask for our protection and how we treat this ancient land.

Email: julie.macken@sydneycatholic.org

Fr Peter Smith

Justice & Peace Promoter

Fr Peter Smith is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia. He is the Parish Priest of the inner city parish of St Columba’s North Leichhardt. Peter is also the Promoter of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese and teaches in both the Medical and Philosophy & Theology faculties of the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

Additionally, he sits on a number of committees both ecclesiastical and secular including The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, (a national body of the Episcopal Conference), The Sydney Archdiocese Anti-Slavery Committee and and the Archdiocesan Properties Committee.

Peter is the Co-editor in Chief of Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics and a Founding member of The Global Catholic Climate Network.

 

Ruth Moraes

Research & Project Officer

As a Research and Project Officer, Ruth is involved in establishing and supporting parish social justice groups to engage in charitable works and advocacy for vulnerable people in accordance with the social teachings of the Catholic Church. Among other advocacy initiatives Ruth has researched and drafted a several submissions to various state and federal government inquiries. She was also instrumental in organising the Sydney Street Feast as a response to Pope Francis’ call to celebrate an annual World Day of the Poor.

Before joining the Justice and Peace Office, Ruth developed a strong research background when verifying and editing updates to The Laws of Australia encyclopaedia and legal journals. She worked and volunteered on human rights projects in New Zealand (on the rights of persons with disabilities) and India (on the right to food).

Ruth has a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (History) double degree  from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and spent a year completing the Emmanuel School of Mission Programme in Rome, Italy. Ruth is now also working towards a Master of Liberal Arts (Theology) at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Email: ruth.moraes@sydneycatholic.org