People of Action
Being people of action is what modern Franciscans are called to be.
Preaching the Gospel, in deed, is fundamental to the community outreach of the college. “Go rebuild my church” was the command that St Francis first heard in the ruins of the tiny chapel of San Damiano on the outskirts of Assisi.
From the crucifix hanging on the wall of the chapel, Francis was animated to begin rebuilding the chapel that had fallen into disrepair. This work soon attracted others and before long the task of renovating the chapel was completed. It wasn’t until that point that St Francis realised what God was calling him to do.
Much like the rebuilding of San Damiano is the focus of the community work of Padua. The community of Padua is encouraged to look for ways it can ‘rebuild’ God’s church in today’s context. The avenues for this service can local, national or even international.
Community Service Work at Padua College
- Kedron Catholic parish St Vincent de Paul conference – food drives, Christmas hampers, 'Winter Appeal'.
- Rosies Street van – regular staffing of the nightly street van to the homeless.
- Ozcare Men’s Hostel – regular kitchen hand assistance.
- Little King's Movement – assistance with the annual Little King’s Fundraising Appeal.
- Environment Club – assistance with local environment-friendly projects and the annual ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ conference.
- Good Samaritan group – weekly assistance of the elderly in parish based social activities.
- Interfaith dialogue – regular visits to and from the Brisbane Islamic School.
- Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank – twice annual commitment to blood donation.
- Franciscan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) – regular assistance in national programs of awareness in issues like homelessness, refugee and asylum seeking, human trafficking, peace activism
- St Francis of Assisi College – mutual relationship of understanding involving fundraising, immersion and solidarity between the two schools.
- Franciscans International – connection with the work of the Franciscans at the United Nations.