Caritas Australia is charting a new path into the future with the inauguration of a new board of directors following the international aid and development agency's incorporation process.
The Caritas Australia board, with inaugural chair Robert Fitzgerald, participated in a special blessing service yesterday as they prepare to lead the charity into a new era from October 1.
The board replaces the previous National Advisory Council and offers a cross-section of experience and skills to enrich Caritas Australia’s engagement with the Catholic sector and the Australian public.
The incorporation process, which was commenced by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference over a year ago, will foster improved accountability, transparency and governance practices.
“Caritas’ work amongst marginalised communities is a direct response to the Christian call to ‘act justly, love mercifully, and walk humbly with our God’,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“Caritas Australia has been driven by solidarity and compassion in action across its 55-year history in this country and beyond. Our people and partners listen to and journey with those in most need.
“It is with great hope that I take on the role as chair, and I commit myself and our board to make even more of a positive impact for vulnerable people globally, in the certain belief that we can do so.”
The Bishops Conference made the decision to incorporate Caritas Australia following considerable discernment and reflection on the best stewardship for the future of the agency. Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. will step down as Caritas Australia’s chair but remain on as an active board director.
The other board members are Patricia Faulkner, Virginia Bourke, Jack de Groot, Christine Grima, Wendy Hughes and Martin Laverty.
Blessing of the new Caritas Australia board (Caritas Australia)