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Manus Island has become a humanitarian crisis

Frank Brennan SJ AO speaks out about the closure of Manus Island Regional Processing Centre

Click here to watch Frank Brennan's video.  

XSJN Volunteer Reflection

Anger or Shame?

‘BRING REFUGEES TO SAFETY NOW’ is the call of our banner. Standing on the Nepean roadside holding this banner at 7:00 am, I am witness to the anger that exists in our community towards refugees. Beyond the swearing and rude gestures, it is the anger that stirs up in people that intrigues me. Whilst we also receive much encouragement and ‘honks’ of support from passing drivers or cyclists, it is the visceral hatred that I want to understand...

‘Their sense of entitlement to their anger outweighs the claim of the rest of the world to justice and truth.’ Michael McGirr

The current collapse in control of images coming out of Manus Island is exposing the humanity of those who are trapped by our ideological blindness to the ‘other’, the men of Manus. Brutalization and indifference go hand in hand. For over four years the constant arbitrary rule changes to disempower and humiliate detainees has been justified by the belief that they are ‘the other’. But they are in fact someone’s husband, sons, brothers, they came seeking safety...
Excerpt from reflection written by Maree Tierney

XSJN Volunteer Opportunities

Introducing Our New Partner Agency

Free to Feed - Cooking School

Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise that recognises the entrepreneurial characteristics and existing skills of refugees and new migrants, as well as the significant challenges that they face in gaining meaningful employment in Australia. At each Free to Feed cooking experience or class, guests learn how to cook authentic, traditional dishes from the chef’s home country. They also get to hear their incredible stories as they tell you of their journeys and rich cultures. Free to Feed offers pop-up cooking experiences and classes around Melbourne either in people’s home or as part of a class.
Volunteers are required for at least once a month commitment to:

  • Assist with all aspects of the cooking class including preparation, cooking and cleaning afterwards. Shifts are 5 hours in duration usually for lunches or dinners.
  • Assist with administrative tasks and ingredients preparation at the Thornbury headquarters.

If you are interested in volunteering within this program email  

There are currently volunteer placements available within the following partner agencies:

  • Free to Feed 
  • Brigidine Asylum Seekers’ Project
  • Sacred Heart Mission Dining Hall and Women’s House
  • St Vincent de Paul Soup Van 
  • Jesuit Social Services English Language Program

Click here to download the full list of XSJN current opportunities.

A full list of the current XSJN volunteer opportunities can also be found on the College website:

If you are interested in volunteering in any of the following programs email


Bronwen Kellett & Trudy Cook
Xavier Social Justice Network

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