Ms Asante Viswasam, Director of Professional Standards and Safeguarding
Asante began her work here at the Diocese of Wollongong in late 2018, moving from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta in her role as the acting manager of the Office for Safeguarding and Professional Safeguarding. Prior to her commencement in the diocese, she delivered training modules for the diocese on several occasions. Asante has previously held management roles at the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian within the Working with Children’s Operations Team. Asante’s tertiary qualifications include a Masters of Human Rights and a Masters of Criminology.
Miss Caitlin Moore, Research and Support Assistant
Caitlin is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws—Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations) and has previous experience within Wollongong law firms and programs supporting Legal Aid.
Mr Peter Burgoyne, Coordinator of Clinical and Professional Supervision
Peter is an experienced therapist and clinical supervisor who has worked in Catholic welfare and professional standards for 23 years. As the diocesan coordinator of clinical and professional supervision, Peter brings a broad range of professional skills and clinical experience into the professional standards and safeguarding sphere. Peter holds a Master of Counselling, a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, and a Diploma of Case Management.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.