Catholic Earthcare announces new Director

We are thrilled to announce that Bernard Holland will soon be joining Caritas Australia as the Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia.

Bernard has a long history in education and has led Catholic schools as a Principal for over 22 years. He presented at the 2010 Earth Charter World Gathering, the 2011 World Environmental Education Congress, and holds a deep desire to facilitate sustained improvement in economic, ecological and social benefits within civic society.

Bernard’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education; a Masters of Business Administration; a Masters of Educational Administration; and, a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education.  He will commence in his new role as Director Catholic Earthcare Australia on 13 August 2018.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.

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