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It all started with the realization that unifying Catholics was the key to the success of larger communities.
Catholics Engaged has recently formed in Australia with the intention of providing a practical, focused organisation for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. It draws its inspiration from Catholic Social Teaching and the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the teaching of the faith expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Catholics Engaged seeks intentionally to interact with important issues that in recent years have not been given the due attention that one would expect. These issues not only affect Catholic life in Australia but also impact on the type of society Australia can be and the nature of Australian life, culture, and values.
Meet The Team Behind Catholics Engaged
Kevin Bailey AM
Fr James Grant
Kevin Bailey AM is standing as the lead Senate candidate representing Australian Conservatives at the next Federal election early in 2019.
He is a Catholic layman who has been active in his faith in the Melbourne Archdiocese for many years. For the last five years, he has been the Director of Parousia Media providing Catholic formation materials to schools, parishes, and Dioceses throughout Australia. Parousia Media partners with a number of apostolates including EWTN, Catholic Answers, Augustine Institute, Ascension Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media. In addition to providing these resources, Parousia brings out Catholic speakers to develop the faith in Australia. He is a current director of the Alpha Australia Board that along with the Divine Renovation Network promotes evangelisation and outreach in the Church.
Prior to working with Parousia Media, Kevin was a business leader with 30 years experience in the Financial Services sector. He merged his successful business, The Money Managers Limited with fourteen other businesses to form Shadforth Financial Group, which listed on the ASX and was acquired by IOOF Limited in 2014.
Kevin has been heavily involved in the philanthropic sector. From October 2014 to October 2017 he was a member of the Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership to advise the Australian Government on Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Kevin was a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 1999 and received the Community Leadership Award in 2006. He has been a director of Action Aid Australia (formerly Austcare) and Empart and continues to sit as a Council member of Opportunity International. He established the first Timorese diplomatic post in Australia at their independence in 2002 and was Consul General for East Timor in Melbourne until 2013. He was a director of the $16 Billion Timorese Sovereign Wealth Fund. He was also a director of the g7+ Foundation that assists post-conflict states with governance and financial management.
Kevin was a foundation member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) in 1991 and served as a director for over six years; receiving a Distinguished Service Award and he was made a Fellow of the FPA in 2005. He was awarded Australian Financial Planner of the Year in 1997. Kevin presented on Finance and Investment for over a decade on 774 ABC Radio and 3AW Finance talkback as well as writing a column for the Herald Sun. He has written two books on Finance and Investment.
Prior to this, he had a military career from 1977 until 1985, during which he served with the Australian Special Forces in the SAS Regiment between 1981 and 1985 and was awarded the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian Service Medal with Counter Terrorism Clasp.
He continues to run a private charitable foundation and is also chair of the William Wilberforce Foundation. He is a director of ASX listed company Po Valley Energy. His other directorships have included: Halftime Australia, Alpha Australia, Empart Inc., Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, Outward Looking Leadership Capacity Program and Marriage Education Program. He was also an ambassador for the Future 2 Foundation. He was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 2017 Australia Day Honours for significant service to Australia-Timor Leste relations, to philanthropic organisations, to the financial planning sector, and to the community.
He lives with his wife, Grace and they have seven children aged 12 to 30 years and two grandchildren aged 3 and 1.
With a philanthropic focus, Catholics Engaged was established to harness the power and love of Catholics and non-Catholics alike to spark change and positive outcomes for their causes.
“What’s driving me is, ’how can I be a useful Priest and Chaplain? If chaplaincy involved just walking around talking to people I would have been out of business a long time ago. You have to be the source of positive change.”
– Father James Grant
Father James founded Australia’s first inter-faith corporate chaplaincy service, and has worked extensively within organisations including Crown Casino, Southern Cross Station, Bendigo Bank, Myer, Target, the Peter MacCullum Cancer Clinic, CrownBet, Melbourne Victory F.C, Premier Fruits, I.P.A, and the Wilson Group, in providing corporate-based chaplaincy initiatives.
Furthermore, Father James founded two schools on the Indian sub-continent.