Serving Communities 2020

The national Catholic Social Services conference, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion, was held from 26–28 February 2020 at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, in East Melbourne.

This is the big event for Catholic social services where attendees:

  • get up to date with the latest issues affecting our sector nationally
  • strengthen relationships and working partnerships
  • are inspired and challenged by leaders in the sector.

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The program included:

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Francis Sullivan delivering the opening keynote, Margin Call – The Risk of Integrity;

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Debra Zanella delivering the closing keynote, Mission on the Margins: The Call to Uncommon Courage;

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Dr Ursula Stephens presenting the Mary MacKillop Oration at the conference dinner


A panel with young Catholic professionals sharing their perspectives of working in the sector;
A special forum focussing on how to Mobilise Media to advance Mission and Advocacy; and much more!

Full Conference Program with Bios

Program Overview
Keynotes, Briefings and Forums Overview
Workshops Overview

Conference Poster

Accommodation and Parking

Conference Prayer