Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar for Social Services and ex CatholicCare CEO, has been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his ‘significant service to the community through a range of social welfare initiatives and policy reforms, and to the Catholic Church in Australia’.
Fr Joe was the CEO of CatholicCare from 2004 to 2017; his leadership during this time saw a strengthening of the relationship with the Archdiocese of Melbourne, forging of a new relationship with the Diocese of Sale, and the development of innovative programs such as the response to the Black Saturday bushfires, the launching of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support programs, and the development of the Alcohol and Other Drug program.
Fr Joe Caddy EV AM, during his time as CatholicCare CEO
Fr Joe has been a significant contributor to social welfare policy and practice in Australia for over two decades. This long term contribution he has made through a variety of forums both within the Catholic Church and in the broader community include:
- Episcopal Vicar for Social Services, Archdiocese of Melbourne, since 2016
- Parish Priest, St Mary's East St Kilda, since 2016; Parish Priest, All Saints Fitzroy, 2013-2016.
- Catholic Social Services Australia: Chairperson, 2003-2013. Board Member, 2000-2013.
- Catholic Social Services Victoria: Council Member, since 2006. Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee, 2009-2016 and Member, since 2009. Treasurer, 2004-2009.
- Co-convenor, Communities in Control Conference, 2003-2015.
- Board Member, Villa Maria, 2010-2014.
- Member, Ministerial Roundtable for Juvenile Justice, Department of Human Services, 2001-2010.
- Board of Governors, Australian Council of Social Services, 1999-2004.
- Board Member, Victorian Council to Homeless Persons, 1999-2004.
- Member, Victorian Council of Churches Social Questions Committee, 1998-2005.
- Board Member, Deputy Chair, Ecumenical Housing Inc, 1997-2004.
- Board Member, Sacred Heart Mission, 1998-2002.
- Prison Chaplain, Melbourne Remand Centre, 2002-2013.
- Australian Catholic University Adjunct Professor, since 2007.
- Chair, Quality of Life & Social Justice Flagship, 2005-2014.
Fr Joe was humble in receiving his award, saying 'Australia is a wonderful country, and so it is a huge privilege to receive this award. In a way it is a recognition of all those who work in the Church and its agencies for a fairer society, especially for those who are poor or in any way disadvantaged’.
'While I am enormously honoured to receive this recognition I would be even more pleased to see our Australian society step up do more for those who are in need.’
'We are a generous and big hearted people but at times our policies towards those who are seeking asylum or who find themselves unemployed are unnecessarily mean. We lock increasing numbers of our indigenous brothers and sisters and our poor in prisons which fail to improve their life chances or make our communities safer. We can do better on many fronts and I am sure that as a nation we truly want a fair go for all.'
From everyone at CatholicCare: we congratulate Fr Joe on this richly deserved recognition of the contribution he has made – and continues to make – to improve the life circumstances of the most vulnerable people in our community.