Making a difference to young lives

St John’s Youth Services (SJYS) is achieving remarkable and enduring success in moving young people out of dependency and into the orbit of their own lives.

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Broad Approach

The parish of Springmount in Victoria (near Ballarat) takes in the smaller parishes of Creswick, Clunes, Newlyn and Learmon

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Speaking up

Anthony (Tony) Williamson is a long-standing parishioner of St John’s, and wears the Lesotho Cross to services as a symbol of his connection to SSM. Here he speaks up about his view of SSM in the world.

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Shared Views

Two people drawn to SSM are living and working in quite different realms, but through SSM they are finding common ground.

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New Beginings

As well as the business of SSM, biannual Chapter Meetings are occasions for the convivial airing of perspectives and opinions necessary to make breakthroughs.

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Faith: The Enduring Theme

For a growing number of people drawing closer to SSM, an openness to a different form of religious life is as welcome today as it was for the many who encountered it more than a century ago.

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Sister Margaret Dewey

American born, Margaret grew up at Lake Placid, New York State. A scholarship winner to Radcliffe College, a women’s liberal arts college in Cambridge Massachusetts

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Primarily Faith

SSM member Joyce Bleby-Lewis says the group enjoyed a striking, sometimes startling and often humorous encounter, finding the assertions of this leading theologian of his time no less relevant today.

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Seek Patiently; Behold Reverently

SSM’s most senior members, Father Laurence Eyers 102 and Sister Margaret Dewey 92 are settled in accommodation in Melbourne, Victoria: Laurence at Broughton Hall in Camberwell and Margaret at Mercy

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Darwin Chapter Meeting

SSM members and friends from down south shook off their winter chills and soaked up Darwin’s sun, in between more formal meetings and discussions about what ‘doing theology’ means today.

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