Servi Store: featured in Catholic Leader, Brisbane

Are you an ethical shopper? Here’s a Melbourne Catholic business that sells only Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts

POPE Francis inspired a business model that’s helping save the environment, support fairer workplaces and promote faith-filled messages. 

Servi Store co-founder Ajesh Abraham read the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) and took seriously the call to greater care of the environment and its people.

“As we were reaching the final stages of the creation of Servi Store it was providential that Pope Francis released Laudato Si’,” Mr Abraham said. 

“The encyclical has been a major inspiration especially the quote from the chapter on Integral Ecology that states: ‘Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature’.

“We try and incorporate this into our business strategy.”

With a mandate to “create products to inspire” the graphic designer and a small team of supporters had already developed a following through clothing with positive messages. 

“The whole journey started with T-shirts,” Mr Abraham said. read more

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Servi Store interview with 'The Journey Catholic Radio'

We were lucky to have an interview with Jude Hennessy from The Journey Catholic Radio of the Wollogong Diocese. 

In this interview our Co-Founder Ajesh Abraham, speaks about the journey and the inspiration behind starting Servi Store. We also had the opportunity to shed light on the impact of our purchase choices in the lives of people who makes them. We encouraged people to choose more ethical and fair clothes and also organisations to make more fairtrade choices in their custom merchandise.

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4 Ways You Can Make a Difference like Mother Teresa

Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican on September 4. Setting the dates completes a long process of studying the lives and writings of the saint. Widely known as a living saint, Mother Teresa ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. Although some critiqued her, her simple service touched the hearts of millions of people of all faiths. Let’s decode some myths and explore 4 ways you can make a difference, inspired by the life of Blessed (Mother) Teresa. 

Myth #1: You need to be rich to be kind.

Au contraire, you just need a kind heart. Kindness is about sharing a little with someone who has far less. Kindness applies to tangible and intangible things. If you can talk nicely to a subordinate, feed the hungry with a few slices of bread, pass on one piece of clothing to the naked, give hope to the hopeless, or merely make a sad person smile, it is kindness. The effects of kindness lasts long after the action is done and forgotten. 

Myth #2: You can only make a difference if a large number of people back your actions.

On August 17, 1948, when Mother Teresa–dressed in the trademark white and blue-bordered sari for the first time–walked past the gates of her beloved Loreto convent with only prayer and willingness in her heart to enter the world of the poor, she was alone. She became the carrier of unconditional love and selfless service to anyone and everyone in need. Soon, people joined her fight. Women dedicated their lives to her calling and became nuns alongside her. Men, women, and children alike came forward with the intention to assist. Today, this one-person-army has become a magnanimous one, touching millions globally.

 

Myth #3: A wealthy life means a happy life.

Money is a necessity, but it’s not the most essential or only need. Anyone believing that money brings or buys happiness is a fool. Mother Teresa not only worked for the poor but also interacted with the rich who volunteered to partake in her mission. She once said, “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” It is not an offence to be rich. We must amass wealth, and with it, make our lives meaningful.

Myth #4: It is difficult to attain peace (in our families, communities, and in the world).

Anyone else who has either won a peace prize or accolades for initiating peace will tell you how simple the process was. Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” That is all it takes. A smile! And because a smile is infectious, just imagine how fast everyone around us would find peace if we took the effort to smile. This was one big inspiration behind our tees featuring this quote.

Get one today and wear inspire someone to smile.

As we gear up to officially declare this humble nun a saint, let’s be kind, start serving as a one-person-army, share with the underprivileged, and smile without prejudice.

Let’s follow and celebrate her spirit of service, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.

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A fair choice that inspires and a vision for better purchases

 

A fair choice that inspires

It all started with a desire to create products that spread inspiration and hope while caring for people and the environment. Our tees are made with organic cotton. It is a better choice for your skin, farmers, their families, their land and soil and its sustainability. The artworks in our tees feature inspirational quotes from Catholic saints. We often receive feedback from people about how a quote on one of our tees has inspired them and others. They could be a good conversation starter too.  

Social responsibility in our purchases

The vision behind our products is to spread a message of social responsibility when it comes to our daily purchases.

It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral–and not simply economic–act.” –Pope Benedict XVI


That is why we seek to partner with producers that support fair trade principles because it acknowledges the dignity of the work of artisans and farmers and safeguards fair wages.


There are a lot of awareness campaigns we hear these days about the true cost of fashion. This needs to expand to the production and manufacturing of every other good. So stand in solidarity with them in your next purchase decisions.

 

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From a humble idea to store shelf

We hit a milestone this week. Servi Store tees are now part of the great list of products on sale at the Central Catholic Bookshop in Melbourne.

Central Catholic Bookshop is the only Catholic bookshop in Melbourne’s CBD. They are conveniently located right next to St Francis’s Church and Melbourne Central shopping Centre and railway station. They are open 7 days a week and offer customers a wide range of books and devotional items from the Catholic tradition.

You can also see our tees on their window display. If you are visiting Melbourne CBD or St Francis Church, please visit them and check out our products as well as a great stock of other books, bibles, gifts, DVDs, music and religious items.

 

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