Centacare’s heritage lies in local people taking action to help others in their community. More than 60 years ago, Catholics in parishes, and in central groups across the Archdiocese of Brisbane, came together and began organising in response to emerging community needs. Their actions were immediate and practical, providing meals for local families, or support to care for people with a disability or those who were ill. But they also looked to the future, building systemised ways to make sure care was there for those who needed it.
Over many years through the 1960s to 1990s they began more and more ministries in reponse to changes in our community. Through this time they were always guided by their Catholic faith.
The traditions they established and their faith continue to guide those working in Centacare today. Referencing the Catholic Social Teachings is one important way we continue to understand how our Catholic faith guides our work in communities across South East Queensland.
Father John Chalmers, former Director of Mission and Formation for Centacare wrote the following interpretation of Catholic Social Teachings. His words reflect the way these principles are lived out in Centacare every day.