St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, valued caring for the poor, we value it, and most importantly, God values it.

As most of us are aware, St Canice’s initiated humanitarian programs in our sister parish of Railaco in East Timor twelve years ago. This humanitarian endeavour has developed into a sustainable program that provides medical and nutritional care to impoverished people in remote mountainous areas, who could not access other services.

Could there be a better way to honour this saint than to continue with our support for the children in Railaco who rely on our generosity to fund a Feeding Program, a Secondary School and a Mobile Medical Clinic?

Students from Australian Jesuit Schools have recently returned from Railaco where they stayed for a week’s ‘immersion’ during their last school holidays. On the Feast of St Ignatius, students Luke and Peter from St Aloysius’ and Sam and Hamish from St Ignatius College Riverview, eager to share their experiences with the St Canice community, spoke at both Sunday Masses. The students so inspired our community that special ‘leaving collections’ raised $3,000 to be sent to Fr Bong for the Railaco Mission. Thank you.

In this album, we share photos of the day.