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Social Issues Convenor

marciariordan 175Marcia Riordan commenced her term of office as our Social Issues Convenor on 1st January 2012. Over the next two years, Marcia and her team will present some key themes which will highlight CWLA’s engagement and commitment to social issues today.

Marcia Riordan is the Executive Officer of the Life, Marriage and Family Office Melbourne (formerly Respect Life Office). This office promotes the Gospel of Life in the parishes, schools and hospitals of the Archdiocese, amongst the various Catholic associations, interfaith groups and in the community more broadly. The Melbourne Respect Life Office, established in December 2000, was a first for Australia and is modelled on similar offices overseas. There are now similar offices in the Archdioceses of Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

Marcia believes that we can personally contribute to the transformation of our culture into a civilisation of life and love by following the program of the Good Samaritan, and having a heart which sees where love is needed and acts accordingly. Marcia has been instrumental in establishing Respect Life Sunday which has now become established in a number of other dioceses, apart from Melbourne. Marcia works to raise awareness of the Church’s positive message on life issues and to produce high quality resources on topics including; euthanasia, reproductive technologies, stem cells and human cloning, post-abortion grief, pregnancy support, prenatal screening, population control and the link to female Gendercide.

She believes that liberal abortion has not lead to greater freedom for women; instead it has increased male sexual aggression, and added to the sexual exploitation of women and girls. Far too often, women feel obligated to “choose” abortion at someone else’s demand. Marcia is working to raise awareness of the harm that abortion does to women and their families as well as helping to bring hope and healing to all those suffering after abortion. Through initiatives such as Walking With Love, she is encouraging the Catholic community to stand in radical solidarity with all those facing unexpected pregnancies and encouraging them reach out with love to all those who lives have been affected by abortion.

Marcia has completed a Masters degree in Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne and she is a Member of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference Life Council. Before taking up her position in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Marcia was a graduate in biological science from La Trobe University and, a microbiologist and immunologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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