This experience has significantly broadened my own understanding of what it is to be Catholic and I left the Philippines with an overriding desire to live my faith more fully while wondering how I could share this understanding in a way that would influence not only my students but the greater Parish community.
Sandra Freeman, Master of Religious Education, Catholic Education and Social Justice Tour, September 2014
I’ve been challenged in my role that classroom learning finds expression in a desire in our students, for active outreach to the needy, moving from charity to justice awareness. More importantly, that such learning is focused beyond their schooling years, on creating capabilities for the disadvantaged to enjoy the same “fullness of life” (John 10:10) that was promised by Christ unconditionally to all people.
Judeline Wadhwani, Master of Leadership, Catholic Education and Social Justice Tour, September 2014
As a Catholic Priest, I tried to see my experience through pastoral eyes. In the poor I saw people not just trying to survive, but trying to live a life of dignity. It is so easy to see injustice in the world in terms of statistics. However, a personal encounter reminds us that injustice needs to be seen in terms of persons and human dignity.
Father Stephen Hill, Master of Theological Studies, Catholic Education and Social Justice Tour, September 2014