Call to action at National Reconciliation Week Mass

“Reconciliation Week is a time for us to remind all of you that now, more than ever, we need you to be the generation that brings about real change.”

Principal David Ruggiero has used today’s ELC-Year 12 Reconciliation Week Mass to call on students to make Australia a better place.

“I love my Star Wars movies. Luke Skywalker comes along and he does what his father failed to do; restore hope and peace to the universe,” Mr Ruggiero said.

“We are charged with the same task, and maybe members of my generation failed to do what we needed to do in terms of reconciliation and the work that needs to be done with indigenous Australians.

Principal David Ruggiero at today’s Reconciliation Week Mass.

“So, today’s Mass is a very special one.

“Today, we pray for that spirit of reconciliation and peace. We pray for a change within our hearts, to be the Luke Skywalkers and make a difference in lives of indigenous Australians as we go forward.”

Leading the Mass, Blackfriars Chaplain Father Peter Nguyen OP said “we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation”.

“And, in playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures,” Fr Peter said.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

The dates for National Reconciliation Week remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Source: Reconciliation Australia

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