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Call to Lamentation and Commitment


On the 26th of September 2021 we hope that we can all join together for a ceremony of Lamentation and Commitment on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees .We invite you and your families and communities to join us on Zoom. We hope to have up to 500 people participate in this ceremony. We will begin with a welcome to country, followed by a sung call to prayer. We will then ask everyone to turn out their lights and light a candle in the dark as we listen to a story of suffering and torture in detention. We will hold our candles in the dark as we read out the names of all the people who have died in Australia’s detention camps over the last twenty years. We will then conclude with a prayer of lamentation and commitment and a call to all our elected representatives to respond to the three demands of government.

This zoom ceremony will be recorded and the final video will be sent to every Senator and MP in the Federal Parliament. We are creating a ritual of lamentation and call that is also a political document. This lamentation concludes the 150 Days of Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Campaign under the patronage of St. Joseph the Refugee.

You can register for the event here

Any queries please contact Julie Macken from the Justice and Peace Office (J[email protected])  or Jan Barnett from the Sisters of St Joseph ([email protected]).

For more details please see the attached invitation.



Call to Lamentation and Commitment


September 26, 2021


7:00 pm



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