Rosemary shows us the way at Catholic Business Connections March 2021 luncheon
March 31, 2021
Catholic Business Connections
On Thursday 25 March 2021, 60 Catholic Business Connections (CBC) members and their guests gathered at Rydges, Campbelltown for the first CBC luncheon of the year, to celebrate community and welcome 10 new members.
The special guest speaker was Rosemary Kariuki, Australian of the Year 2021—Local Hero.
Rosemary is indeed a “local hero”, and our local hero, being a resident of our diocese and a parishioner of St Mary MacKillop Catholic Parish in Oran Park. Rosemary migrated to Australia from Kenya in 1999 to escape family abuse and tribal violence. Since then she has dedicated her life to aiding other migrants and refugees by helping them to connect with each other and their local community.
Rosemary spoke passionately about how, as a new migrant herself, she felt a strong need to connect with other new migrants and refugees in her neighbourhood, and how this eventually brought a newfound security and companionship to her and those she met. Her joy-filled presentation challenged and inspired everyone present to take the time to connect with new people in their local neighbourhoods.
Bishop Brian acknowledged the value of Rosemary’s work and her generous and infectious spirit, and thanked Rosemary, noting that she really was “the face of God”.
Rosemary has not forgotten the support that people in her homeland still need. She is a director of the Hannah Community Development Project—a community based organisation in Kenya founded in 2019 to support the local community within Kamukunji-Eldoret. Kamukunji is one of Eldoret’s largest slum settlement areas where the youth, women and elderly face many social and economic challenges (more information about this project can be found at www.hannahcommunity.com). As per Rosemary’s request, CBC donated her speaking fee to this project.
The next CBC meeting will be held on Thursday 27 May 2021 at City Beach Function Centre, Wollongong. The guest speaker is Damien Leith—Irish-Australian singer-songwriter who now calls Wollongong home. Further details will be announced shortly.
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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.