The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria (ACMV) is an agency that stands as a model of Reconciliation within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Education Office

The ACMV provides:

  • Educational and cultural resources for social justice groups and liturgical teams.
  • Retreats, immersions and workshops designed for individual groups that look at justice issues, history, culture and spirituality.
  • Speakers for parishes, conferences, community groups, cultural artefacts and vestments available for borrowing by parishes for special celebrations.
  • Reconciliation pathway by becoming a parish partner.
  • Monthly masses and assistance in liturgical reflection during Lent, Advent, Easter and Christmas.

ACMV also helps adults, children and families prepare for Baptism, Eucharist and RCIA. It also works closely with the Victorian Aboriginal Funeral Service to comfort and help community families at times of loss and bereavement and prepares funeral ceremonies, including booklets.

For more information, please visit the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria website.

 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) is the peak body to the Australian Catholic Bishops on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics.

Each State and Territory nominates a representative via their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry. NATSICC advises the Bishops Commission for relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics.

NATSICC is a not for profit organization that is funded by the Catholic Church and Caritas Australia's First Nations program.

At the last census 120,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people identified as Catholics. It is the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the Australian Catholic Church today.

For more information, please visit the NATSICC website. For a Guide for Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Welcome to Country, please visit this page.