Not just services for all Catholics, but Catholic services for all.

“Pope Francis constantly calls us to move beyond the security of status quo and take the risk of going to the periphery.

It is that precarious liminal space where the true cost of our discipleship is counted, because we dare to walk with the Samaritans of our time, just like Jesus did before us. They could be asylum seekers, the homeless, the Indigenous, the victims of injustice, the Muslim refugees, the LGBTQI persons et cetera. The crisis of diminishment that we face allows us an opportunity to divest ourselves of all the unnecessary trappings, to focus on what is our core mission, to act more prophetically and to live more fully, more creatively, more boldly, more at the periphery”.

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM CONV
Bishop of Parramatta

Our strategic goals

We are integrated into our local communities
We prioritise gaps in community service needs
We journey beside people to achieve their goals

Our values

We embrace every journey with gratitude and love.
For our clients, the community and each other.

This value is fundamental to our work and the way we work together and is lived each day through the following individual values.

We are available with an open mind and heart.
We advocate with patience and passion.
We persevere with resilience and belief.
We build trust with integrity and respect.

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An important aspect of the Mamre Refugee Program is the continual pastoral support we’re able to provide, with practical issues and the many day-to-day aspects of living in a very different culture.


As I leave, I see a very different Mamre. The women are much more self-reliant and confident. So it is with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude that I look back over these years and I know that I have been blessed to have shared so many experiences with these wonderful, courageous spiritual women.

Sister Janet Woods RSM

Program Coordinator - Mamre Refugee Program (Retired)

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Our Executive Director

Jason Oldridge

Our Advisory Council

Angela McKay


Angela is the Chief Executive officer of the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation of Australia and has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience with a diverse background spanning not-for-profit and for-profit organisations in the charity, professional services, consumer goods and aged care sectors

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Paul McMahon


Paul is a passionate leader and advocate for aged care and social services clients. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Care New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the social services sector.

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Bishop of Parramtta.

Bishop Vincent was appointed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta in May 2016. Nationally, he serves as the Chair, Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.

Very Rev Luis Fernando Montano EV

Parish Priest at St Bernadette’s.

Fr. Fernando is the Parish Priest at St Bernadette’s in Castle Hill. In June 2020 he was appointed as the Episcopal Vicar for Social Welfare and became a member of the Catholic Care Advisory Council.

Vera Visevic

Partner at Mills Oakley.

A partner at Mills Oakley law firm, Vera specialises in not-for-profit and social enterprise law.
She has more than 25 years' experience acting for numerous charities, religious and not-for-profit organisations.

Peter Bellman

Finance Manager, Education Centre Against Violence.

Peter is the former Head of Finance for Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. He has more than 45 years’ experience in finance working in private industry and across public and private health in New South Wales.

Sue Walsh

System and School Learning Consultant.

Sue is a System and School Learning Consultant and has led a system of schools, 45,000 students and 5,000 teachers as the Deputy Executive Director of Schools and Director of Learning for the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta until 2019.

Geoff Officer

Chief of Operations & Finance for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Geoff is the Chief of Operations and Finance (Diocesan Financial Administrator) for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a company executive, commercial human resources consultant and practitioner.

Helen Emmerson

Chief Executive Officer of SCC.

Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Care (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) and has more than 20 years' experience in aged care and disability services in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Peter O'Brien

Director of Liminalspace Consulting.

The Director at Liminalspace Consulting, Peter is an executive coach and organisational consultant. He has more than 30 years' experience in the New South Wales social and community services sector with non-government organisations.

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