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The Southern Cross : February 2012
Page 4 February 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Your donation to Project Compassion -- Caritas Australia's major annual appeal -- alleviates poverty and brings hope to vulnerable communities in more than 35 countries worldwide. Please give generously today to help communities help themselves out of poverty. NAME MR/MRS/MS/MISS/OTHER ADDRESS SUBURB STATE P/CODE PHONE EMAIL PARISH DONOR No IF KNOWN PLEASE ACCEPT MY DONATION OF: $100 $50 $250 $200 OTHER: Cheque or money order enclosed (payable to Caritas Australia) OR Please debit my: VISA MASTERCARD AMEX DINER'S CLUB NAME ON CARD CARD NUMBER __ __ __ __/__ __ __ __/__ __ __ __ /__ __ __ __ CARDHOLDER SIGNATURE CARITAS AUSTRALIA 24-32 O'Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015 ABN 90 970 605 069 ONLINE www.caritas.org.au PHONE 1800 024 413 OR MAIL Photo: Marden Dean PCSC It's a long way from Plympton to Tel Aviv but Andrea Faulkner is grateful for her Catholic upbringing in Adelaide as she continues her impressive career as a foreign diplomat Ms Faulkner, 45, was appointed Australian Ambassador to Israel in March 2010. Speaking from Tel Aviv, where she is based, Ms Faulkner says she is most thankful for the shining example of her Catholic parents, family and teachers, whom she recently visited while back in Adelaide. "Religion was an essential part of our daily lives," she says. "My extended family and the majority of people I grew up with were Catholic. The stories and lessons of the Bible were very real to me, as was the ongoing reflection at home and at school about values and how we should live our lives. "Those things remain very much part of me and I am deeply grateful. " Living in Plympton, the Faulkner family attended St John the Baptist Church. Andrea attended primary school at St Joseph's School (Kurralta Park) and St John the Baptist School (Plympton) before heading to Cabra Dominican College (Cumberland Park). "I remember having a wonderful schooling," she says. "I have strong memories of what many individual teachers taught me, including about intellectual enquiry, fairness and hard work," she said. "I am blessed still to be in regular contact with some of my teachers, and never cease to find them inspiring." Having studied English, French, Italian, Music and Maths in Year 12, it was her intention to teach French, Music and Italian to high school students. Andrea graduated from Bachelor degrees in Music and in Arts (Honours), and a Diploma in Education from the University of Adelaide. However an off-chance application to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for a change in pace and environment started her accomplished diplomatic career. "To be honest I don't think I ever really expected to be accepted, but I have always been glad that I was," she says. "I've been very lucky to have a varied and mobile career, working in Canberra and overseas in a whole range of multilateral and bilateral policy areas." Ms Faulkner has been assistant secretary for the Africa Branch (2009) and the Middle East and Africa Branch (2008-2009). She has held positions in the Executive Branch (2003-2004), Environment Branch (2002-2003), and Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Branches (1990-1992, 1995-1998). She has served overseas in Hanoi (2004- 2007), Paris (1999-2002) and Tel Aviv (1992-1994). "It is a special privilege to represent Australia as ambassador to Israel which is such a diverse and dynamic country, and with which we have such an important, strong and longstanding friendship," she said. "I am always pleased to meet the many Australians who visit Israel, including members of our Christian communities. IN TEL AVIV: Andrea Faulkner is the Australian Ambassador to Israel. Diplomat values Catholic ties The role of parents in educating their children about justice and peace has been highlighted by Archbishop Philip Wilson in his reflection on Pope Benedict XVI's annual World Day of Peace message. In his message, the Pope says that people should look to 2012 with an "attitude of confident trust," despite the "crisis looming over society, the world of labour and the economy" in 2011. He describes how for many, "a shadow has fallen over our time, preventing us from clearly seeing the light of day". Archbishop Wilson reiterated the Pope's belief that young people, with their "conviction, enthusiasm and idealism", could offer new hope to the world. The Pope also targets parents, families and all those involved in the area of education and formation, as well as leaders in religious, social, political, economic and cultural life and in the media because of the role they play in educating young people. "Today more than ever we need authentic witnesses, and not simply people who parcel out rules and facts," he said. "Parents, as the first educators, have a responsibility to teach the human and Christian values which enable them to have a constructive and peaceful co-existence. It is in the family that they learn solidarity between the generations, respect for rules, forgiveness and how to welcome others. The family is the first school in which we are trained in justice and peace. "We are living in a world where families, and life itself, are constantly threatened and not infrequently fragmented. Working conditions which are often incompatible with family responsibilities, worries about the future, the frenetic pace of life, the need to move frequently to ensure an adequate livelihood, to say nothing of mere survival -- all this makes it hard to ensure that children receive one of the most precious of treasures: the presence of their parents." Children key to peace Privacy and peace in a premium burial courtyard. 8139 7400 Port Road, Cheltenham 5014 www.aca.sa.gov.au TRANQUILLITY CORNER