Working here cultivated my otherwise dormant virtues of compassion, faith and hope, and widened my vision from self-centredness to global awareness.
I believe, in our particular area of work, our backgrounds, experiences and outlook in life are reflected in the way we welcome, relate and respond to each individual that crosses our path in the course of our daily work. The challenges each person presents to us and the challenges we, as individuals and as a team, present to them weave into a complex dynamic workings of the Holy Spirit which could only be explained and encapsulated into the words “pastoral care”. This, I believe, is what CMPC is all about.
For many years, CMPC has provided the solid ground that cushioned my unsettledness. My workmates have become my adopted family and the people I have encountered in the course of my work have become constant reminders that I am not alone in this journey towards ‘home’. Working here cultivated my otherwise dormant virtues of compassion, faith and hope, and widened my vision from self-centredness to global awareness. I am quite pleased that through CMPC I am able to contribute, directly and indirectly, towards the pastoral care of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and people on the move.
Working at CMPC also made a significant influence in the development and growth of my faith and provided the opportunity for me to explore it in a way that brings me closer to a fuller understanding of God’s relevance in my life. It is through this understanding that I find fulfillment in my work.
[Percy has had various administration support roles from 1995 with CMPC and the structures from which it operates including Evangelisation Brisbane. Among other tasks, Percy continues to foster information and awareness in multicultural pastoral care in the archdiocese and wider communities through information tools such as the What’s Up? newsletter, Facebook page) and website.]