On Thursday 30 July 2015, representatives from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) visited the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) General Secretariat for a series of meetings and a cultural awareness experience.
Craig Arthur, National Administrator of NATSICC, John Lochowiak, Deputy Chair of NATSICC, and Sally Fitzgerald, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn, met with Patricia Mowbray, Executive Secretary of the ACBC Bishops Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
Attending morning tea with the ACBC Secretariat staff, NATSICC representative John Lochowiak paid respect to the Ngunnawal peoples by acknowledging country and providing a short session about cultural awareness and aboriginal spirituality.
John also described the different names associated with distinct aboriginal communities in various parts of our Australian land. ACBC Secretariat staff had the opportunity to ask questions, discuss traditions and aspects of aboriginal spirituality.
One staff member described the occasion as ‘a wonderful educational and spiritual experience’.