Charity Projects

There are a number of charities and charity projects that the parish are associated with and on this page you can find out more about them, their stories and how you can help their cause as they bring Christ’s message of love and mercy to others and assist in building up the Church.

Keep checking back for new charity projects and organisations to be added.

THE FRIENDS OF LEPERS

Since more than a decade a group of volunteers, religious sisters and Fr. Joseph Lam literally vowed to the word of Jesus Christ: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40). Each year, the group visit twice the remote mountainous villages of the lepers in Vietnam. During these visits the angels of the Lord not only bring the Good News to the lepers, but also deliver assistance in various forms: medical treatment, medicines, food, tools that help the lepers to overcome the daily obstacles.

Additional to these activities, the Sisters of Charity and Lovers of the Holy Cross run a school and orphanage that care and provide education for the orphans and children of the lepers.

Each trip to the villages costs around 10,000 AUD. Your help can change the lives of the lepers.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. [1 Peter 4:10]

If you want to donate to The Friends of Lepers and their ongoing work, contact us at the parish on (02) 9557 1181 or stjocamper@gmail.com

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My name is Joseph Lam Cong Luong. I was ordained priest on August 20th 1994 for the diocese of Oslo, Norway. In 2009 I was appointed Parish Priest of St. Joseph in Haugesund in Norway. When I visited Vietnam in 1995, I met the «Friends of Lepers» who vowed themselves to care for the lepers as Jesus had done during his time. The lepers are small ethnicities and mountain-people who live in highland of Vietnam (Ban Me Thuot, Pleiku, Gia Lai, Kontum, and Hue). Like in the time of Jesus, lepers are still being considered as outcasts. Being chased away from their communities, lepers sought refuge with other lepers who had already formed their own villages. The deep forest of the highland in Vietname is the only place where they can hide themselves from their «chasers». Perhaps, you are wondering why the lepers deserve our particular attention? It is not that Jesus said that whatever we do for the least one, we do it for Jesus Christ himself? The Friends of the Lepers gather every month to pray and to fundraise means for the lepers. Few nuns have even put their lives at risk to live among the lepers in order to care and to educate the children of lepers. We need people who care! I would also like to thank you for generous contribution to the lepers, and I am looking forward to your continuing support. May the righteous God reward you all with his grace and blessings.
With Love in Christ,
Fr. Joseph Lam Cong Luong