With the Olympic Games behind us, we now pause to celebrate the wonderful organisation and mighty achievements of so many. We recognise the power of international unity, the need for global ethics and the similarity, and yet the uniqueness, of each of us.
Superior General of the Marist Brothers, Br Emili Turu, after consulting his Council and the Brothers of the Sydney and Melbourne Provinces, has appointed Br Jeffrey Crowe Provincial of the new Marist Province of Australia from 8th December,2012. Jeff is currently Provincial of the Sydney Province, a former District Superior of PNG and the Solomons and Rector of MAPAC in Manila. From 1993 to 2001 Jeff served on the General Council of the Brothers. We congratulate Jeff on his appointment and assure him of our ongoing prayers and support.
Long serving Marist Jo Magnanini was duly acknowledged with Marist affiliation on 20th May, 2012 at Marcellin College, Bulleen by her fellow Marists.
Participants at the Marist Evangelisation Conference held from 6-8 May, 2012. From left Br Joao do Prado, Joe McDonald, Matthew Elias, Cassandra Schumacher, Mark Elias and Liam DuncanEditor, Br Tony Paterson has assembled a fine array of topical articles for us to enjoy in the Autumn Edition (Vol 14 No 1) of Champagnat An International Journal of Charism in Education. In his article on Evangelisation and Scripture, topical, given the recent Marist Evangelisation Conference held in Sydney, Michael Elligate observes 'it's the foundational texts of the Gospels, the Epistles and the Jewish Scriptures that play a vital part in how we evangelise - how we teach and preach'.
Br Des Hornsby is sharing with us some Marial and Marist Prayers, one of which is below. Others can be found on this website here.
Mary, Our Good Mother,
Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church,
walk with us now,
sharing our joys and sorrows,
our successes and failures.
In our daily living,
show us your Son, who lives in us.
Help us to listen to Him,
to act on His Word and do our part
in building the kingdom of justice and peace.
May we be all united
in the fullness of His Kingdom forever.
Marial Greeting • Marist Calendar
Marie Dorrington has forwarded this photograph of the Champagnat pilgrims gathered in Paris in April, 2012. Subsequently they travelled to the Hermitage in southern France, Rome to join our General House community and then Kenya and Rwanda to see our mission in practice in those areas. Now it's back to Marist work in Australia!
Today is Budget day in Australia. What effect will this have on life in this part of our Marist world? This photograph shows Brothers in Nairobi at the newly established Park in honour of Australian Br Charles Howard.
A SERIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA MAY 2012 by John McMahon
OCEANIA LAY MARISTS GATHERING FEB 2012
Nineteen Lay Marists and Brothers from across Oceania gathered at the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Auckland from 20th to 23rd February, 2012 to reflect on Lay Marist growth in this part of the Marist world. A summary of each day's discussions appears below.
The Passionists' website presents Pope Benedict's reflection for this year's World Communications Day on 24th January, 2012. The Pope's excellent presentation is titled 'Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization'. 'Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves' says the Pope.
Br Charles Howard The Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Br Charles Howard was celebrated at St Joseph's College, Sydney on Tuesday 24th January, 2012. A video of the Mass will be available online for three months. Please follow this link to view the video. Provincial of the West-Central Europe Province, Br Brendan Geary has written a letter to his Brothers about Br Charles.
Br Stephen Bugg The Requiem Mass for Br Stephen Bugg was held at Marcellin College, Bulleen on Friday 20th January, 2012 with over three hundred people attending. Celebrants for the Mass were Fr Gerry McKernan, parish priest of Templestowe, Fr David Cartwright, parish priest of Moreland and an old boy of Marcellin, Fr Larry Nemer SVD, Co-ordinator of the Network for Returned Missionaries and the Catholic chaplain from the Prison Ministry, Fr Thang.
Marist Brothers from across Australia are gathering at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill in Sydney from 12th - 15th January, 2012. A summary of each day's gathering appears below.