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.