Mary MacKillop Foundation

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who would like to go to University? You may be eligible for a scholarship with the Mary MacKillop Foundation. Click here for more details.

Marist Fathers' Aboriginal Education Fund

The Marist Fathers Aboriginal Education fund aims to financially assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students who are studying at one of the Diocese of Lismore's secondary schools. Click here for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Latest News

Help bring justice for the Bowraville children

Wed, Jun 5th, 2013

We are petitioning the Attorney General for a Royal Commission into the murders of the Bowraville children, 16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16-year-old Colleen Walker and 4-year-old Evelyn Greenup. 10,000 signatures needed by July 12 so a petition can be presented to Parliament requesting a Royal Commission into the murders.

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Celebrating religious committment of Sr Kathryn, Br Steve, Br Mika

Wed, Jun 5th, 2013

For Br Mika Cilicewa, sm, Sr Kathryn Sweeney, sjs, and Br Steve Morelli, cfc, of the Diocese of Lismore's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, 2013 is a significant year for their religious commitments as they each celebrate extraordinary milestones.

Br Mika, as a Brother with the Marist Fathers, has been professed for 40 years, Sr Kathryn entered the Sisters of St Joseph 40 years ago and Br Steve entered the Christian Brothers 50 years ago.

These remarkable people all work in the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry which involves day to day support for the Aboriginal people of the Mid North and Far North Coast of NSW. Their work involves providing culturally appropriate masses, funerals, baptisms, ministry and solace to people in jail, plus a lot of other specialised work.

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Eddie Mabo 20th Anniversary - 3 June

Mon, Jun 25th, 2012

Anniversary of the historic Mabo decision on June 3.

This year, 3 June marks the 20th anniversary of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision, which removed the myth of terra nullius from Australian law and recognised the unique rights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to land and waters according to traditional laws and customs, paving the way for the legal recognition of land rights known as native title.

This Mabo Day, take some time to learn about how the Mabo decision reshaped our history and our laws, and a bit about the man himself, Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo.


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Changes in the Australian Constitution

Thu, Feb 2nd, 2012

Constitution of Australia

Important changes are being proposed to the Constitution of our country.  These changes will for the first time acknowledge Aboriginal people their dignity, culture and rights in the Constitution.

For great school and community resources see Pat Dodson on Constitutional Reform.

NATSICC is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council. This body comes under the Bishops of Australia:  it has 2 bishops and an aboriginal/islander person for all states & territories on the council.

It is the top Aboriginal/Islander Catholic Body in Australia and  it is a working committee within the Australian Catholic Bishop commission. They take the opportunity to meet in Sydney when all the Bishops meet there twice a year. Read NATSICC's response to the changes in the Constitution

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Pope's Speech: 25 years on

Thu, Feb 2nd, 2012

The Pope's Speech: 25 years on Celebrating the beautiful and timeless words from Pope John Paul in Alice Springs (Pope's speech).

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