Southern Highlands Foundation
Ted Kennedy Aboriginal Fund



Cnr Centennial and Kirkham Rds

All donations can be delivered between 9am and 4 pm the day before – Saturday, 19th September to the Old Steiner School in Bowral. (Centennial Rd entrance)

Our wish list includes general household goods (rugs, mats, linen, crockery) / books & mags / bikes / plants / furniture / garden tools / toys (but no soft toys please) / electrical goods (no computers) / hardware items … Continue reading

Frank Brennan’s homily

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Vincent’s Church Redfern

12 July 2009 – (The Eucharist preceding the launch of Edmund Campion’s Ted Kennedy, Priest of Redfern, David Lovell Publishing, Melbourne, 2009)

Amos 7: 12-15
Mark 6: 7-13

In 1975, I turned 21 and headed down from Queensland to join the Jesuit novitiate here in Sydney. Most nights a fellow novice used offer a prayer for Ted Kennedy. I could not work out why we needed to pray constantly for a US senator – no matter what his Irish Catholic pedigree. I … Continue reading

Woonjeegaribay Aboriginal Film Festival

Empire Cinema Bowral May 25 – 26 – 27

The “Woonjeegaribay” Aboriginal Film Festival is being held during National Indigenous Sorry Week 2007 and will commemorate the local initiation of the nation wide Sorry Books Campaign in 1997 and decade of Reconciliation in the Wingecarribee.

The three-day Film Festival is offering a one-day school program and four sessions that will screen a wide range of films including an inspiring new release “Kanyini”, a wonderful ‘season of shorts’, a ‘golden oldie’, “The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith” and several moving documentaries. This second local Aboriginal Film Festival will celebrate again the … Continue reading

Jean Vanier’s influence

From: alexianbros
Sent: Friday, 9 March 2007 10:49 PM
Subject: Bro. Barry Butler

Dear Brothers & Sister,

I have read on the internet about the death of Fr. Ted Kennedy of Redfern. It may surprise you that I am writing from Ireland. I met Ted Kennedy in 1978, at a retreat given by Jean Vanier in Cork. He was with another priest from Sydney whose name I can not remember. I had spoken with Ted during the retreat and gone to confession to him. There were 174 people on the retreat, of these, four were … Continue reading

The Aboriginal people’s priest

On 24 May 2005, I attended the funeral of Father Ted Kennedy, an Australian Catholic priest. Ted has left behind him a legacy of commitment to dispossessed Australian Aboriginal people, and a theology of the poor and the alienated which has not only radically changed what it means to be Church for those who joined him, but continues to inspire the community he left behind.

The funeral was an unforgettable event. It took place in the Aboriginal heart of Sydney, a section of the inner city suburb of Redfern known as ‘the Block’. The Block is a portion of land … Continue reading