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Saint Benedicts strategy to help address homelessness by:


  • Providing safe, secure medium term accommodation

  • Providing case management and ongoing counselling

  • Providing employment mentoring and job locating

  • Providing platform from which to re-establish independent living


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Building from a solid foundation



Participating in social enterprise activities provides income, vocational training and employment opportunities


The Foundation is governed by a committed, passionate and skilled board, whose members ensure the organisation operates from a strong corporate governance and management base. Saint Benedict's is registered with the Australian Government’s Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and as such complies with all ACNC governance standards requirements and is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Not for Profit organisation enabling Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status for tax deductibility for donations made to the Foundation.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre (1748-1783)
Patron Saint of the Homeless

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Benedict Joseph was born in the Province of Artois in northern France,
the eldest of 15 children ofa prosperous shopkeeper.

At the age of 16 he approached his uncle, the local parish priest, about becoming a Trappist monk
but his parents told him to wait until he grew older.

Benedict attempted to join several religious Orders but was rejected by all due to his age and
delicate disposition. At the age of 21, according to Catholic tradition, following an epiphany which
he considered was given to him by God and inspired by the examples of Saint Alexius of Rome and
the Franciscan Saint Roch he was to abandon his country, his parents, to lead a new sort of life,
most penitential, not in a wilderness or in a cloister of religious seclusion of a monastery or
convent but in the midst of the world, devoutly as a visiting pilgrim to places of Christian devotion.

He joined the Third Order of Saint Francis and settled on a life of poverty and pilgrimage.

He first travelled to Rome on foot, subsisting on what he could by begging. He travelled to most
ofthe major shrines of Europe, visiting various shrines in Loreto, Assisi, Naples and Spain.
During these trips he would always travel on foot, sleeping in the open or in a corner
of a room, with his clothes muddy and ragged.

He is reported to have talked rarely, prayed often, and accepted quietly the abuse he received.
In so doing he was following in the role of a mendicant found more often in the Eastern Church.
He shared whatever food he had with other homeless he met.

In the last years of his life he lived in Rome in the ruins of the Colosseum, and would only leave to
make a yearly pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Loreto. He died at the age of 35 and is buried
in the church of Santa Maria ai Monti, Rome a few blocks from the Colosseum.

It was recorded in 1785 that within 3 months of his death, 136 separate cures or miracles were
attributed to his intercessions or prayers to God on behalf of others.

Following his death a cult grew up around him and he was declared Venerable by Pope Pius IX
in 1860 and later Canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1881.

Benedict is patron saint of the homeless. His feast day is observed on April 16th.


Hope for those who have lost it