There are times in our lives when we meet someone more deeply. This week I met Thomas Merton in this way. And I am so grateful.
In 2018, our Graduate Certificate students in Adelaide are studying Marist Methodology in Catholic Education. In particular they are looking at how Marists establish their educational communities 'in the way of Mary'.
Marists from around Australia gathered at Aquinas College, Adelaide on 27th December, 2017 with Salesian Fr Peter Varengo to begin their annual retreat. A gentle spiritual guide and educator with vast experience, Peter continues to teach with much passion.
Travelling, as I am, to our foundational places in Europe at the moment, reminds me of the great commitment of our Marist pioneers. They worked hard to establish and develop their lives and mission. This must have required skilled negotiation with authorities within and beyond the Church.
Travelling to London, Paris and Rome provides an Australian with the opportunity to be at what seems to be the centre of the world. These are rich and diverse cities - culturally and historically at least.
On September 21st, 2017 I began the first leg of my sabbatical. So far I have travelled to Hong Kong, St Petersburg and Moscow.
The 22nd General Chapter of the Marist Brothers commenced on 8th September 2017. It’s theme ‘A New Beginning’ recognises the opportunities our Bicentenary Year offers us.
On Sunday 9th July, 2017 Paula Sgherza welcomed us to her course on 'The Art of Facilitation’. Thirteen Marists from around Australia, including members of the Mission and Life Formation Team (MLF), gathered at The Hermitage, Mittagong south of Sydney to undertake this six day program.
A very happy Easter to you. It is wonderful, at this time, to be able to pause and reflect on the significance of God becoming human and then rising from the dead. The immensity of this event is unfathomable. The beautiful Easter liturgies enhance our reflection and lead us so easily to prayer.
Marcellin College opened its doors at 21 Canterbury Road, Camberwell in 1950 and in 1963 moved to Bulleen. Ex students of the Canberbury Road campus are now affectionately known as the 'Canterbury Roaders'.