Chaplaincy Offers Support for Bushfire Victims

05 February 2021

The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Chaplaincy has been quick to respond this week in the face of multiple emergencies across Perth, including a lockdown due to a positive COVID-19 case and the Wooloroo bushfires in the northeast.

Chaplaincy Manager Tom Gourlay and his dedicated team have been busily coordinating online sessions and ensuring those who want to give what they can to help are able to do so.

“We in the Chaplaincy office were able to organise for staff, students, and members of the broader Church community to join together via Zoom, due to the lockdown, to pray the rosary, seeking Our Lady’s intercession under the title ‘Our Lady of Good Counsel’, who has intervened miraculously before, saving the Benedictine Monastery of New Norcia from bushfire,” Mr Gourlay said.

“Chaplaincy will be coordinating the University’s fundraising efforts, supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society’s WA Bushfire Relief Appeal. The St Vincent de Paul Society is also seeking volunteers, so please get in touch if you’re able to help: Get Involved | Vinnies WA

It is at times like these that the Notre Dame community comes together to support those who have suffered such sudden loss. The bushfires still raging in Perth have devastated 86 homes and forced numerous residents to evacuate during an already difficult time of lockdown.

In a message this week Vice Chancellor Professor Francis Campbell called the scenes “heartbreaking” and said everyone affected is in the forefront of our collective minds.

“This bushfire emergency has already impacted a number of our staff, students and their families. As a Notre Dame community, we offer our thoughts, prayers and practical support to all those affected by these extremely challenging circumstances,” he said.

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