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Our History

In November 1940 four women, Norma Parker, Elvira Lyons, Constance Moffitt and Eileen Davidson wrote to the Archbishop of Sydney, Norman Thomas Gilroy, recommending that a “Catholic Welfare Bureau” be established.

They believed that the disadvantaged, distressed and devalued in society deserved the best possible professional care from the Church.

They believed that a Catholic welfare bureau was necessary to ensure that needy children, families and individuals were given dignity rather than pity, opportunities rather than “handouts” and justice rather than benevolence.

In 1941 Archbishop Gilroy appointed Father A.E.R. Thomas as the first Director of the Catholic Welfare Bureau.

With a small number of staff including a trained social worker, he began to assist the hundreds of children who had been placed in Catholic orphanages. He offered marriage counselling to distressed couples and gave new hope to many deserted women and children.

Today CatholicCare employs over 800 staff and volunteers and operates at 30 sites across the Archdiocese of Sydney.

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Levels 10 and 13, 133 Liverpool St Sydney 
Phone: (02) 9307 8100

2C West St (Cnr Thomas St) Lewisham
Phone: (02) 9509 1111

2/45-47 Scott St Liverpool 
Phone: (02) 8778 4222

Ground Floor, 4-8 Jacobs St Bankstown 
Phone: (02) 8700 3333

Shop H5 & H6, Level 1, Neeta City Shopping Centre
Smart Street, Fairfield
Phone: (02) 8723 2222

3/33-35 Belmont St Sutherland
Phone: (02) 8536 0855

St Patrick’s Institute of Education
Level 2, 2C West St (Cnr Thomas St) Lewisham
Phone: (02) 9509 1266

1/261 George St Sydney 
Phone: 1800 818 728