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CBC February 2020 Luncheon

Date: Friday 28 February, 2020
Time: 11:45am–2pm
Venue: Candara Room and Glass Covered Terrace at Rydges Hotel
Speaker: Michael Austin and Roseanne Plunkett, CatholicCare Wollongong
Topic: "A heart that sees … and responds"
Dress: Business attire
RSVP: Friday 21 February, 2020

As part of the diocese’s local inter-agency emergency response to the recent bushfires in our region, our social services arm, CatholicCare, has been on the  ground helping people as they deal with the immediate aftershock of the fires and will continue to be there as these people rebuild their lives in the medium and long term.

Bishop Brian has invited CatholicCare’s Director Michael Austin and Executive Manager Rosanne Plunkett to be the guest speakers at the next CBC luncheon to be held on Friday 28 February. They will speak on a “A heart that sees … and responds”.

To RSVP for the February 2020 luncheon, you will firstly need to become a CBC member or renew your CBC membership. The RSVP process is included in the membership application:

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Rydges Hotel
Contact Person
Debbie Gates
Street Address
15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown
(02) 4222 2446

Special Guests

Michael Austin

Michael has been the director of CatholicCare Wollongong since 2014. He is the current chair of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) NSW/ACT and an elected board member of CSSA, the Catholic Church’s peak national social services body. He is also highly sought after as a presenter at national sector conferences.

Up until recently Michael was board chair of Family Relationship Services Australia.

He has also served as vice chair of the Institute of Counselling, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bachelor of Counselling and Behavioural Science at the University of Notre Dame, and was a member of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board.

Prior to 2014, Michael worked at CatholicCare Sydney for 21 years in practitioner, management and senior executive roles, in the public hospital system, with the Department of Defence, and in the United Kingdom with Westminster Social Services.

Michael is a passionate social worker with over 30 years of experience. He studied his undergraduate and post graduate studies in Social Work at the University of NSW, majoring in couple and family therapy.

Roseanne Plunkett

After gaining 10 years of experience as an educator, coordinator and manager in the Marriage Relationship and the School Student and Family Programs at CatholicCare Wollongong, Roseanne was appointed Executive Manager for Family Services in 2017.

Today Rosanne oversees six distinct programs: The School Student and Family Program, The Families and Communities Program, Juvenile Justice Chaplaincy at Reiby Youth Justice Centre, The Pastoral Support Program in Schools, ParentsNext and the Children’s Contact Service.

A passionate advocate for supporting the needs of young people, Roseanne has presented at State and National conferences and has previously worked as an educator in both the state and Catholic school systems.

Roseanne attended the University of Wollongong (UOW) where she attained a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma, holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Australian Catholic University and recently completed the Leadership Illawarra Program through the Sydney Business School at UOW.

Catholic Business Connections (CBC) is an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC gathers four times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world.