A Heart That Sees
CatholicCare launched their new Strategic Plan 2018-2021 named, 'A Heart that Sees' following their annual staff mass on Friday November 9 at the Xavier Centre.
The plan articulates CatholicCare's efforts over the next three years. It features three themes: Recognise, Respond and Transform, ensuring continued delivery on CatholicCare's mission of bringing joy to those they serve by enabling growth, healing, and hope.
"Our Strategic Plan is organised around three key themes or commitments - to Recognise - circumstances of need; to Respond - to ensure our workforce, systems & processes are best equipped and supported to respond to need; and to Transform - to achieve positive impact for those whom we are called to serve", said Michael Austin, Director of CatholicCare.
"These commitments will challenge and inspire us as an organisation to grow, to learn, and to innovate in response to new circumstances for the people we serve. We have called our new Strategic Plan, 'A Heart that Sees', a title that we believe both embodies our deepest ethic and challenges us with the implications of its call", Mr Austin continued.
At the launch, Fr Bernard Gordon VG spoke on behalf of Bishop Brian. He said,"In his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict was very clear on the intrinsic nature of Charity for our Church. His chosen expression of ‘A Heart Which Sees’ evokes a strong sense of what CatholicCare prioritises."
True service starts with a heart which is moved into action. Each and every day the staff of CatholicCare live out the Gospel through their professional practice, reaching out and walking alongside our brothers and sisters on the margins", Fr Bernard continued.
"CatholicCare above all else stands for one thing; one thing that is central to who we are, and central our purpose – human dignity.
It is the foundation in human dignity that challenges us to respond to each person as an individual, with their unique array of talents, gifts, struggles and vulnerabilities that are part of what it means to be human; to reach out to those especially who may be marginalised and in greatest need; to relate to each person and family whom we are called to serve with respect and compassion", Mr Austin said.