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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:29

Growing from the rooftops

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Rooftop Garden150The St Canice’s Rooftop Garden Project is the brainchild of St Canice’s parishioner Rob Caslick, who runs a weekly organic soup kitchen as part of the parish’s outreach for local people in need. In partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS), the garden is all set to flourish and the fruits of volunteers' labour will be used to nourish disadvantaged members of the local community.

The main beneficiaries are asylum seekers through training and employment opportunties and people who come to the soup kitchen for fresh meals.

But there’s more to the project than mere physical nourishment: Rob’s garden manifesto honours the parish’s pledge that the heart of its work ‘is to reach out to one another without judgment, without condemnation…. The health and vitality of our community at St Canice’s is directly in proportion to the degree that we reach out to those who are on the outside. We cannot allow the community to die by shutting out the one who seeks refuge with us, who seeks companionship, who seeks food, hospitality, conversation.’

Read the full story on the St Canice's Rooftop Garden Project at the JRS website.

Read the related feature from Broadsheet Sydney and view the slideshow entitled "Gardening for the Soul".