Social Justice at Mount Carmel is infused into the Religious Education curriculum as well the Youth Ministry Program and core College celebrations such as Champagnat Day. It is based on a model of building awareness, being inspired through reflection and then empowered to take action.
In living out the mission of the College, it is recognised that we should echo the tenderness and steadfastness of Jesus Christ and the courage of St Marcellin Champagnat and St Teresa of Avila. Members of the school community are called to demonstrate a passion for justice in the Church and society and be educated not only about justice but how to live justly so as to live the College motto “Ite in Veritate.”
We are guided by Sacred Scripture when Jesus said,
'I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
Through the offerings at the College, both curricular and co-curricular, it is intended that members of the College community are provided with the chance to:
- Increase their awareness of social justice issues and prepare students in their understanding of human rights and live up to their responsibilities to themselves and others as Christians.
- Reflect on social justice issues in light of Gospel values, Catholic Social Justice teaching and the Marist and Carmelite Charisms and thereby develop their social conscience.
- Participate in action to help eliminate injustice and promote equality.
The values that underpin our social justice efforts at Mount Carmel Catholic College are taken from the characteristics of the Marist Brothers and the Carmelites:
- Community and family spirit - caring and understanding about those in our community how are in trouble
- Way of Mary - being fair in everything that one does and giving what is deserved
- Service - giving to others to make a positive difference in their lives
It is recognised that the individual can contribute to a just society through their personal interactions with others.