came to Redfern after working in South
and at the Catholic Worker - Dorothy Day - in New
- after hearing of Ted's work from a lady, Prue Powell,
who helped along with others such as Liz Williams and
Judy Spears in the soup kitchen in the Presbytery at
and Ferg had just moved out and Mum Shirl was living
with Ted on the second floor of the Presbytery. I wanted
to start a C.W. in Sydney.
Ted invited me to combine energies with his vision.
I was given two weeks probation whereupon Mum Shirl
(for Ted Mum Shirl was the Black Governess) and the
Presbytery Blacks gave you their approval. I remained
till the closure of the Presbytery. I then moved to
the Cross. I phoned my Provincial (I was a De la Salle
brother at the time) saying I am “with the poor” and
I am staying, as a D.L.S. or not. I then moved in with
Ted, and Mum Shirl moved out, later to return in residence.
This is how I came to Redfern. (We formed a community
of workers). I could write a book, but am not a writer
but a speaker (Ted's Philosophy - to be with the Poorest
of the Poor is to be with Christ or His Father in the
Kingdom). When I came to the Presbytery nuns were in
the old convent - Sr Ignatius, Sr John and a Mercy nun,
Helen, who was custodian of the property later to be
given to the Aboriginal Medical Centre.
wanted a situation where we shared
our lives with
the poor (to be with
not just for
the Poor). That was Redfern. Was?
by Tom Hammerlon