The Social Justice Group at St Francis Xavier, Ashbury, are tireless advocates on issues important to many inner west residents: climate change, social housing, homelessness and housing insecurity and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable.
The Social Justice Group is one of the many parish groups at St Francis Xavier, Ashbury, and I especially acknowledge the work of Anne Gray, who writes to me regularly to raise important social justice matters.
St Francis Xavier was established in 1928 and has proudly continued to grow over the decades into a multicultural and diverse Catholic community.
The parish motto is "Serviam," meaning "to serve" and the work of the Social Justice Group is fundamental to that mission.
The Social Justice Group works closely with St Vincent de Paul and most recently, have called for the New South Wales Government to invest in a collaborative project proposed by St Vincent de Paul to substantially reduce the inadequate availability of social housing across New South Wales.
I thank the members of the Social Justice Group and all the members of the St Francis Xavier parish for their principled and passionate advocacy of these important matters.