Advent on the go with Caritas Australia

Advent Jesse tree

Due to overwhelming popularity, Caritas Australia’s Advent calendar based on the ancient Christian symbol of the Jesse tree has returned for Christmas 2012.

In Advent, the Jesse tree reminds us of Biblical characters and events that prepared God’s people for the birth of Jesus. Join Caritas Australia and use the Jesse tree to reflect, pray and act in solidarity with their partners and for the world’s poor.

“Christmas is a precious time of year and one I cherish personally,” said Jack de Groot, CEO, Caritas Australia. “Let us reflect and rejoice this season of Advent as we herald the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Featuring inspiring stories, photos and reflections from Caritas Australia’s partners and projects around the world, the 2012 Advent Calendar is now available for download and viewing – so you can reflect at any time of the day.

With three versions to choose from: online, PowerPoint or an iPhone app – read your thought for the day on the train or bus; even in the queue at the shops!

“Through our work, which is exemplified throughout this Advent calendar, we are fulfilling Christ’s command when he said that whatever we do for the least of God’s family, we do unto him,” said Mr de Groot. “And we are reminded of Isaiah 11:1 – ‘There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots’.”

The first week of this year’s Advent Calendar features the inspirational story of First Australians’ Scott Hall and Major Cameron who work with local Caritas Australia partner, Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation in the Northern Territory. In February 2012, Scott and Major travelled to the Amazon sub-basin in Bolivia to meet with local Indigenous group, the Yuracaré. Together they discussed their way of life, their culture and their challenges.

In the following weeks Caritas takes you beyond Latin America and Australia on a reflective journey exploring the other projects across Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

“In my family home, Christmas is one of the important times of year when I can slow down and take meaningful time out with loved ones. I encourage you to share this wonderful calendar with your family and friends,” said Mr de Groot.

The traditional Advent Calendar, a PowerPoint version and the iPhone App can be found at

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