The Catholic Church has been involved in out of home care in Western Australia since the early days of European settlement. In latter years, this involvement has resulted in much controversy.
The Catholic Church in Western Australia has had a long history of involvement in out of home care. The Bishop of Perth was been a key figure in the establishment and operation of orphanages, Industrial Schools, Missions and Children's Homes around the colony and State. A number of residential facilities were run by Catholic religious orders or social welfare service agencies. These religious orders included: the Benedictines; the Christian Brothers; the Sisters of Mercy; the Oblates of Mary Immaculate; the Pallottines (Society of the Catholic Apostolate); the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; the Sisters of St John of God; and the Sisters of Nazareth. In addition, the Schoenstatt Sisters were involved with the Wandering (St Xavier) Mission, the Presentation Sisters with Christian Brothers' institutions, and the Sisters of St Joseph ran St Joseph's Preventorium, Kellerberrin.
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16 November 2021
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