Spirit of Frassati strong in Lismore Youth Conference
Lismore’s first Young Adult Conference has a powerful patron, the Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, an Italian member of the Society whose boundless enthusiasm, generosity and dedication to the poor characterised his short life.
Frassati would be proud of his eponymous Conference in Lismore as it continues to grow in members, generosity and geographical reach.
Bringing friendship and company to the lonely, vulnerable and isolated members of local communities is their mission and it’s thriving.
In 2022, members held monthly Sunday Games and Morning Tea and Morning Tea after Saturday morning Masses with residents of St Matthew’s Aged Care Units.
Activities at St Matthew’s peaked in a Christmas Concert and barbeque on 17 December.
Frassati members inspired residents with classic and contemporary carols alongside the Carmelite Sisters, St Mary’s, Casino members, Regional President Mike Reynolds, students, teachers and St Matthew’s staff.
St Carthage’s Conference members collaborated with Frassati to visit flood affected families, providing further financial assistance in time for Christmas.
The Frassati members were moved by flood victims’ stories, gaining insights into the work of St Carthage’s Conference throughout the year and the opportunity to learn well-honed Vincentian visitation skills from the experienced Vincentians in St Carthage’s Conference.
Following Pier Giorgio, Frassati members are no strangers to collaboration and seek to meet people’s needs wherever they find them – visiting the Winsome Soup Kitchen in Lismore, which provides marginalised and homeless people with daily meals, a safe place for social interaction and accommodation for men.
Frassati is looking forward to Buddies Days in 2023 collaborating with the Windara Nursery and Function Centre at Casino, which has a special mission for supporting and training for people with disability. Windara’s manager is a previous Youth Representative for the Lismore Central Council area and generously offered Windara’s grounds and facilities for Buddies Days.
Frassati members were very excited about running the first ever Vinnies stall at O-Week at Southern Cross University in February and will hopefully attract many new members so that Frassati can reach more people in need, and continue expanding activities, locations and outreach in the community.