On the 9th of July we hosted our most monthly branch gathering. Themed ‘Heartwarming Tales’, we dressed up in red and decorated the room to reflect that of the heart.
We were delighted to be joined by Monica Doumit, writer for the Catholic Weekly, and Director of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney. Monica also has a background in law, and spent some time working as a lawyer before starting her role at the Archdiocese.
Monica shared three heartwarming tales with us, that both shocked and amazed us. We were sent reeling by her story about a woman whose privacy was violated whilst she underwent surgery; and felt heartbroken to hear of a young teenager in foster care who was being forced into an abortion. But these stories had happy endings, with Monica helping to share the woman’s story through the Catholic Weekly and gaining support for her cause to have the laws changed, as well as providing support to the young teenager by calling her FACS officer and explaining what the teen’s rights were, so she was able to go on with the pregnancy and have a healthy and happy daughter.
Its always great to reflect upon those we come across in our lives, and realise the potential we have in impacting other people’s lives in a positive way.
Thank you to Monica for coming to share her stories with us.