Oct
2
to Oct 4

Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat: National Assembly

Come - One and All
Marists from across Australia will be descending on the beautiful city of Adelaide in October next year for the first National gathering of its kind. Everyone is invited. Bring partners, kids, and pets (check your accommodation regarding the pets!). Make a holiday of it – it will be Term break in every State and Territory. Three years ago, sixty-five people from the Association were endorsed by their peers, and invited to gather at Mittagong for the first National

Assembly of the Marist Association. The number was restricted to sixty-five simply because of the capacity at The Hermitage, Mittagong. The evaluation of the Assembly showed that it was an incredibly significant event for those there, sparking thinking about trying to include more people come next time. In October 2 – 4, 2018 in Adelaide the Marist Association National Assembly is open to all of us who are a part of the Association. The onus falls to each of us to cover the travel and accommodation costs, which is a poignant moment in the growth and maturity of the Association. Often, by being in schools and other ministries, costs related to events and formation programs are absorbed into operational budgets. On this occasion, we are putting our hands into our pockets to be present. Already, many people
I have spoken to welcome this as a small way of them confirming their commitment to the life of the Association.

The Marist Brothers have made the generous and radical decision to fund much of the operational costs associated with supporting the life of the Association into the foreseeable future - employment, resources, services, administration and the like. This is an enormous statement of belief and trust in the people involved in the Association to continue God’s mission, reaching the lives of young people in Marcellin’s style – the way of Mary. Yes, it is 12 months away. However, I urge you to make a commitment in your mind and heart to be in Adelaide in October next year. Lock it into the calendar. Pay a deposit on accommodation. Encourage others to do the same.

I believe, that by getting a critical mass of people from the Association together in the one place, it will be the most defining moment we have had, as a body of people, to date. It will provide a launching pad into the next three years of life and mission. It will also be festive, a celebration of friendship and shared life. It will be a statement that Marists, and the ministries we lead and support in the Australian church and abroad, are alive and well.

Further details will circulate in coming months. To assist with travel and accommodation bookings, it is helpful to know that the National Assembly will begin at 4.30pm on Tuesday 2 October and conclude at 3.00pm on Thursday 4 October.

Joe McCarthy

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Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Brother Noel Hickey fms – 75 years a Marist Brother in 2018

Noel was born in 1925 at Fimiston on the Lake View Lease in the goldfields of WA, now disappeared into the Super Pit. The family moved to Perth soon after his birth and finally settled in McKenzie St, Wembley, in 1929.

The seeds of Noel’s Marist vocation were nurtured during his 5 years as a boarder at St Ildephonsus’ College, New Norcia where he had received the Lord Abbot Scholarship. He excelled as a student and sportsman. His under 16 880-yard WA record was set at the inaugural State Schoolboys’ Athletic Carnival of 1940 and lasted for some years.
In January 1942, Noel took a 5 day train trip from Perth to Sydney. He received the Marist Brother’s religious habit 75 years ago at Mittagong in NSW. Australia was at war and Noel had already signed the papers for conscription. In July 1944 at Parramatta Marist, he began his long and distinguished teaching career, mainly teaching senior students, and including time as a school principal. 

Noel gained most of his qualifications the hard way while in full time ministry. His B.A from the University of Western Australia included the Lady Hackett-Moulden prize of 3 guineas for Latin I.

Then in 1983 he began a very fruitful period of his life for the next 18 years in PNG and the Solomon Islands as a teacher and later as the District Secretary and Bursar. Finally, in 2002 Noel returned home to Churchlands, but not to retire.   

Noel’s interests are very eclectic. He faithfully completes the crossword in The Australian each day and he works on the Jumble Word in The West Australian each morning, not being content until he has discovered a large number of words including the often-obscure nine-letter word.

Until a little over a year ago, he could still be found riding his bicycle over large distances around the local area, but now, in acknowledgement of his 93 years, Noel has graduated to using a gopher. He is still working each Tuesday with the students in the Newman College Education Support. For 10 years he spent 2 hours each week visiting patients in the Head Trauma Unit at Shenton Park. He is a faithful supporter of religious and cultural events at Newman College and has a keen interest in classical music. 

Noel is a very faithful recorder of events for our archives, which are an excellent record for future historians. He has also used his computer skills to record the lives of family members.
His first task each morning is to check the obituaries in The West Australian for the names of relations, friends and ex-students of New Norcia.   

He has a great love for his family members and friends that is reciprocated. Now in his 94th year, Noel is moving a little more slowly with the aid of a walking stick or a walker for longer distances, and athletics records of his teenage years are a distant memory. Br Sean Sammon, the former superior general of the Marist Brothers, wrote of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers: “Suffering tempered him, setbacks strengthened him, determination drove him, and grace helped him move beyond his circumstances. He was an apostle to youth and an example of a very practical Christianity.” I believe we can also apply these words to Brother Noel Columban Hickey – 75 years a Marist Brother. 

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Jun
5
1:30 PM13:30

Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat 2018 Celebrations in Melbourne


On the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat fifty Marists gathered as a spiritual family to celebrate Mass in the Champagnat Chapel of Marcellin College Bulleen.  Our wonderful celebrant Father Kevin Hennessy CP helped to make this a truly joyous occasion. Our sincere thanks go to him.
 
Our thanks also to our wonderful musicians Fiona Dyball, Br Michael Herry and Daniel Nguyen for providing the exquisite music and singing. This added such depth to the beauty of the Mass. Special thanks to Br Michael who leaves for Cambodia next week – he has always been so generous with his time and gifts to all of us. Br. Michael, know that you will be truly missed.
 
Joe McCarthy then reflected on what it means to ’Be Marist’. He spoke about how each of us have been profoundly affected by Marist community, Marist spirituality and Marist mission. His reflection was followed by the Moment of Renewal. Br John McMahon, though a simple ritual, led us in renewing our commitment to the joys and challenges of being Marists of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat.
 
We moved from the Chapel to the Atrium for our Gathering. Our hosts for the evening were the Templestowe Brothers’ Community. They provided a magnificent supper for us to celebrate our Feast Day and we thank them sincerely for their great generosity and hospitality.
 
Gail Coates
Local Coordinator
 

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May
24
3:30 PM15:30

“Canberra Marists – The Elephant in the Room


The bridge of faith between what you know and what you hope for

Marist Association members recently gathered in Canberra to reflect on the dance between hopelessness and hopefulness, a key theme from Scottie Reeve’s book titled ’21 Elephants’. Reeve suggests that faith can feel like an audacious hope, particularly when we experience the stresses of the elephants that walk across our bridge of faith. We can simultaneous experience the lows of Good Friday and highs of Easter Sunday. Participants were invited to consider the bridge of faith between where they have been and where they are going, between what they know and what they hope for. Anne Lamott says, “the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” Click here to listen to a podcast about the book ’21 Elephants’.

Nathan Ahearne
Local Coordinator


Reflecting on our 21 elephants

A reflection about the movie ‘Gurrumul’ by Paul Damien Williams

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May
1
1:30 PM13:30

Macarthur Regional Gathering

The first of May was a wonderful opportunity for the Campbelltown, Rosemeadow and Varroville local groups in the Macarthur Region to gather together at Varroville to discuss our collective joys, challenges and future directions within the Marist Association. There was a strong commitment to 'taking on the flame' and bringing it to the Association. After the Opening Prayer, presented by Michael Evison, we explored our relationship with God and where we are currently with our faith. It was wonderful to share the experience with like-minded people.

Igor Pletikosa
Local Coordinator

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Apr
27
2:30 PM14:30

Book Launch – A History of the Marist Brothers in China

Augustine Ignatius Doronila, Spes Stanley Ku, Joe McCarthy and Br John McMahon

Spes Stanley Ku, Marist ex-student of St Francis Xavier's College, Hong Kong, businessman and author held his audience spellbound on Friday 27th April, 2018 at the Marist Centre Melbourne as he recounted the stories of the Marist Brothers and their work in China across the twentieth century. Spes' new publication 'Dawn of the Word in Silence' describes the humble and dedicated work of the Brothers in establishing and consolidating many Marist schools across the country through both peaceful and politically unstable times. 

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Apr
18
1:30 PM13:30

Local Melbourne Marist Gathering - 18th April 2018

A big thank you to those of you who were able to join us last week for our April Gathering at Heidelberg West.

To our hosts Brothers Doug and Barry – thank you. The two of you always manage to personalise any event that you organise!  Our thanks are also extended to Bev Stammers and her wonderful helpers, Monika and Catrina, for the delicious supper that they provided.

Our opening prayer was fittingly centred on service, as this was the focus of the evening. As Marists, we have spent some time discerning how we can be of service to those in our immediate community. Br Doug spoke briefly about what was already happening in our area and the needs and shortfalls that hopefully we will be able to address. After a short survey of interests, gifts and skills, which was initiated, conducted and tabulated by Br Barry - we identified five main interest areas:

  • Supporting children at risk
  • Working for the rights and welfare of refugees
  • Helping and supporting ministries and parishes in our local area
  • Finding ways to nurture and deepen our own and collective spirituality through study, prayer and meditation
  • Fund-raising and personal involvement, to support both the Santa Teresa community and the annual Holiday Programme.

After some discussion time in small groups, the leaders of these groups shared something of their discussions with us.  We now look forward to reading their reports and hearing about their progress in moving things forward.

Below is a reflection by Br Doug:

REFLECTION ON MARIST ASSOCIATION GATHERING ON APRIL 18TH AT HEIDELBERG WEST

Each month the Melbourne Marists have a gathering. This month it was held where three Brothers have a ministry living and working with the marginalised. It was a fitting place to look at how we as individuals and as a group could be Marists in a ministry to the marginalised. The first thing to find out was did we really want to do this. It became clear we did. People were introduced to this concept at our March gathering so our aim was to continue planning our future ministries in this regard.

Our prayer was centred on the Gospel passage about “you did this to the least of my brethren you did it to me”. Our refection was on three scenes – The Good Samaritan – The Wedding Feast of Cana and the Washing of the Feet. The Wedding Feast reminded me that Mary was the first disciple we looked up to. She had made a request to Jesus because there was a need. Mary is central to our Marial way of life. The Good Samaritan scene inspires us to act and the Washing of the feet made me think of the example given to us by Pope Francis.

We then had time to reflect on how we could use our talents in this area. It was important to know each one’s individual interest so that their interest and our combined efforts would be in line with each other. We also went back and looked at the support our Lay Marists had given to our efforts prior to the Association being formed. It was very much centred around the work of the Marist Brothers of the Schools. However, we are now in a new era, and the “Tent” has been expanded and we as an Association (Brothers and Lay) are challenged as Marists to expand the “tent” and live our Marial life as one – We now have our daily prayer app on the Net - our Marian Lecture coming up - and our Pilgrimages etc.

The crux of this gathering was to begin a plan on what we could develop in Melbourne here, working with other groups if need be, to carry out Champagnat’s dream and his exhortation to us in working with the poor. I reflected recently on two quotes from our Marist Calendar:

  • From Monday of Holy Week: Loving the poor as he did, Our Founder wanted to send us more especially to them, without excluding others. His first followers by their austere life-style, lived very much on the level of the people they were serving (C.33)
  • From Tuesday of Holy Week: Concern for the poor impels us to search out the root causes of their wretchedness, and to free ourselves from prejudice or indifference towards them. It makes us become more responsible in the use of our resources. (C.34)

We finished the night with a short prayer and five areas that we could start planning on and developing. We know this will mean a lot of listening, reflection and acting as we continue to live our lives as Marists.

 

Tracey and Br Doug

Thanks for the prayer, the hospitality and above all your desire to be Marists on Mission!

Remember to register for the Marian Lecture, 31st May, here in Melbourne at ACU. Click here to register

 

God Bless,
Best Wishes

Gail
Local Coordinator

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Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

Greetings from Alice Springs Gathering

We had our first gathering of the year in Alice Springs in April, and it all went really well. We had about a dozen of us there. We started with a prayer, reflecting on Easter and the call to service. We then shared our collective plans for the year, and then gathered around the table for a beautiful meal, prepared by Br Tony Caddy. 

Br James Hodge
Local Coordinator

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Mar
15
9:30 AM09:30

Canberra Marist Life Gathering

 

The first Canberra Marist Life Gathering for 2018 was held last Thursday afternoon and we welcomed Michael Evison from the Marist Association Pastoral Team. Michael guided us through a gentle reflection on what it means to live audaciously as Marists. There was time for discussion, a bite to eat and catching up with friends. We considered the external and internal expressions of being an audacious person and were challenged to consider how we can be more bold and countercultural in our ministries and relationships.  

Nathan Ahearne

Local Coordinator

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Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

Marist Association Perth Local Gathering

Brothers, Marist Association members and MYM members sharing a meal

Our recent Gathering was very well attended. Some members of Marist Youth Ministry joined us as part of our priority to connect with Marist Youth and to support and facilitate initiatives being undertaken by them.

We listened to the reflections of two members, Rebecca Bramanto and Shaunna Kilcullen, of their experience of accompanying the Immersion to the Philippines. Both related their profound and emotional encounter with the young people from Newman College as well as those they met in the Philippines.

Marist Priest, Fr Stephen Truscott, shared with us the Charism of the Marist Fathers and the connection with Fr Jean-Claude Colin and Marcellin Champagnat at the signing of the Fourviere Pledge. Marist Fathers spirituality is based on the vision of Jean-Claude Colin. Central to this vision is “unknown and partially hidden in this world”, which is exemplary for the way Mary lived the Gospel in a humble, modest and simple way. Marist Fathers are called to imitate Mary in this way of life and ministry.

Daniel Litjens spoke about current and upcoming events for MYM in Perth, which included working at the College’s Homework Club; assisting students with out of hours study and homework; Shopfront - Cooking for the Homeless; plans for Spirituality in the Pub; and their plans for working with unaccompanied minors in Partnership with Mercy Care.

Fr Stephen celebrated Mass with us before we adjourned to the Brother’s Residence for a BBQ and refreshments. It was lovely to have more of our MYM members join us for this socialising once they had finished at the Homework Club.

Dianne Grinbergs

Local Coordinator

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Feb
24
10:30 AM10:30

Emerald Gathering

On the 24th of February, a group of 13 members of the Association, staff from the school and parishioners met at Marist College Emerald for a “Care for the Soul” retreat day with Br Robert O’Connor. It was a very gentle experience for all involved and there was a general appreciation of having time to sit and contemplate, as well as of the fellowship which was enjoyed during the meal breaks. Those who were able to, regathered in the evening to share a meal together.

The following is some of the feedback received from the participants:

“I enjoyed the retreat on Saturday as Brother Robert gave many interesting alternative views on the life and faith of Mary and also on how we can find our own way to pray and be silent. The time out sessions were valuable as we do not take the time to be silent very often. Overall a thought provoking yet relaxing day.”

“It was good to have some time to oneself.  I thought it was a good day, Bro was easy to listen to and to follow.”

“I enjoyed the day enormously. It was well paced and there was a balance of quiet reflective time, input from Robert and scripture. The friendly social time was also integral to an enjoyable day (as was the food!)
The realistic presentation of Mary and Jesus in their humanity was especially valuable. Treating so much of scripture as metaphor to help discover Jesus in our own life, truly incarnated and manifesting himself today was affirming.
I really appreciated the recommendations Robert made regarding further stimulating reading. I have already ordered two books on Book Depository to follow up the day.”

“I found the day a wonderful experience. It encouraged self-reflection and an invitation into mysticism with a solid explanation and outline of our deep mystic tradition.
There was a generous time for personal reflection and appropriate input for each of the sessions.
Overall it was a wonderful day and I am excited about future days like this.”

From all at Emerald, we would like to express our appreciation to Br Robert for so generously offering his time and wisdom to us.

Morag Hyslop
Local Coordinator

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Melbourne Local Gathering

Thank you for last night …

Bon Voyage and God Bless you Br Tony

After our first Local Melbourne Gathering for 2018, I found myself humming snatches of David Haas’ “We come to share our story. We come to break the bread…’. In many ways this sums up the feeling of our time together last night – an evening of prayer, fellowship, hospitality and stories.

We heard reflections from two wonderful young Marists, Josh Colaci and Rhodi Saykao, about their recent experiences on the Santa Teresa Holiday Programme in January this year. They certainly inspired us, as the MA Melbourne, to do more fundraising to keep this very worthwhile programme going.

Br Barry Lamb’s proposal challenged us to reach out to those most in need around us. He asked us to think about the fact that ‘those of us not directly involved in schools might have some sort of joint Association apostolic activity, or each have a particular/personal Association apostolic activity.’ The animated discussion in groups, following his presentation, produced lots of positive and helpful feedback. We will soon begin to move on some of the suggestions! I will forward a summary of the feedback shortly.

Tracey Doublet then ‘opened up’ the wonders of our new Marist Association branding and social media sites for us and Joe McCarthy exhorted all present to register for the National Assembly 2-4 October. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

A special highlight of the evening was our opportunity to join in prayer and a simple ritual of blessing for Br Tony Clark, who travels to South Africa next week. He is a member of the LaValla 200 Project which offers an exciting new model of Marist life and mission, serving young people on the margins.

Thank you to all who helped to make this such an enjoyable Gathering – see you all at 11:00am on Good Friday, 30th March, at the Exodus Community, Way of the Cross.

 

Gail Coates,
Local Coordinator

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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sydney City Marists Gathering

The Sydney City Marists regrouped on Sunday 18 February for the first of their 2018 gatherings. It was great to see everyone after the break, to welcome home some of our overseas travellers and to welcome some new members. Our focus was to spend some time on prayer and reflection using the Diocese of Wollongong's excellent Lenten resource and to also spend some time planning our time together for the year ahead.

Anyone in the Sydney area who is looking to gather around the same table with like-minded Marists is most welcome to join us. We meet at 11.30am at the Harold Park Hotel, Wigram Road, Glebe on the third Sunday of every month or feel free to contact Carole Wark on carolewark1@gmail.com for more information.

People in the photo are Back Row left to right: Michael Callinan, Rodrigo Gris, Liza Adams, Michael Hall, Mark Tuffy, David Hall, Liam Duncan, Anthony Clarke, Michael Evison.  Front Row, left to right: Arge Hernandez, Jo Lumsden, Noy Noy Sisneros, Carole Wark, Peter Carroll, Chris Langridge.

Carole Wark,
Local Coordinator

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Feb
14
1:30 PM13:30

Marist Centre Brisbane Local Group Gathering

There are three Marist Association Groups in Brisbane. Seen recently at the Marist Centre Brisbane (MCB) Local Association gathering:

Janelle Doohan, Liz Falconer and Catherine Thompson

Michael Sinclair, Lyn Eaton, Allen Sherry and Hien Le;

Neville Solomon, Paul Kane and Ken Riley

Michael Sinclair, a canon-lawyer, gave an informative presentation on some aspects of canon law with reference to Associations of People.

As usual a relaxing time over a meal was also enjoyed.

 

Br Paul Kane
Local Coordinator

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Nov
19
11:00 AM11:00

Regional Gathering of the Melbourne Marists

Fiona , Br. Dennis, and Cassie receiving their certificates

On a rather warm Sunday afternoon we gathered at Brunswick for our final event of the year. A big thank you to all who were able to join us and celebrate what we have accomplished in 2017. 

Both the prayer and the Marist Association Snapshot of 2017 (compiled by the Marist Association Council as way of providing annual feedback to all members) focussed on some of the inroads we have made into the Priorities (We Marists …Our Hopes and Priorities 2016-2018) this past year. It is good to stop and reflect on what has been achieved and be encouraged and inspired to do more. 

Our thanks to Br Doug Walsh and Angela Tsotsos who spoke about their recent visit to the Philippines and the Marist involvement in the Bagong Barrio: Marist Connections project. While we were moved by the plight of the people there, we were also heartened by just what has been achieved and motivated to do more. Br Doug has promised to provide further details on what we can do to help to make a difference. 

It was good to have one of our young Marists, Jack Stammers, speak to us about the Santa Teresa Holiday Programme which is up and running again next year from 8 – 17 January. They are looking for volunteers and support for this worthwhile programme. If you can help, please contact Jack: jack.stammers@marists.org.au.

We also welcomed three new members to the Marist Association: Cassie Wilmot, Br Dennis Cooper and Fiona Dyball. A warm Marist Family welcome is extended to each of you.

As always, our time together provided another opportunity to build community by sharing in conversations and getting to know each other better. Our gathering was followed by the annual Melbourne Australian Marist Solidarity Christmas event and so the hospitality continued…

Thank you once again for all that you have done to grow and strengthen our local Melbourne Marists. A big thank you to all who attended – these gatherings, where we pray and discern together, help to enrich us all.

Advent wishes and Christmas blessings to you, your communities and families.

God bless always

Best wishes

Gail Coates
 

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Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

Perth Regional Gathering November 2017

Br John Horgan presents Shaunna Kilcullen with her membership certificate

We gathered at Subiaco Parish on 8 November, commencing with a Communion Service in the Tribune Chapel at St Joseph’s Subiaco, which is adjacent to the property that housed the first Marist College in Perth from 1954 – 1976.

We were very pleased that Jo Hutcheson from Bunbury was able to join us.

We continued in the Upper Room with presentations of certificates to our newest members. We are very proud of our 28 Members of our Local Marist Association, with six pending memberships and a total of 67 who have attended one or more of our gatherings.

Here we viewed a snapshot of our West Australian events, photos and initiatives undertaken in this, our Bicentenary year, which we began on 2 January at the same venue in Subiaco Parish. We came together regularly for our Lenten Prayer Program; gathered at the Brothers’ Residence for formation and for community building, with a BBQ; launched the Bi-Centenary icons as part of the pilgrimage visiting every Marist Ministry and Community around Australia; joined with our local Parish at Floreat for a Family Mass celebrating Mother’s Day; welcomed (local) Brother Harry Prout as he shared his experience of working with the community at West Heidelberg; listened to Dom Mark Patrick Hederman as he delivered the 2017 Marian Lecture Series, Underground Cathedrals; engaged with Sr Margaret Scharf OP, as she shared MARY FOR OUR TIMES: MOTHER, MODEL, MYSTIC, which led beautifully into our formation module - Mary’s Work- Mary’s Way.

Br John Horgan presents Melissa Gangemi with her membership certificate.

Seventeen of us escaped to the Monastic town of New Norcia, where the Marist Brothers began their work in WA in 1913 – 1965. We were led in Retreat by Br Tony Shears across 3 days which tied in beautifully with our formation Module, Deepening our Relationship with God – Prayer, Our Daily Bread. Throughout this year, we also completed our Formation Modules in Growing the Spiritual Family – Marists for the World.

We have grown relationships with St Joseph’s, Northam by visiting them to speak to their staff about the Marist Association and working with them in other aspects of Marist life.

Following this snapshot of our undertakings for 2017, we viewed the presentations from the Marist Association Council of the achievements of 2017 and of the hopes and aspirations for the future. This was a great opportunity to identify with what is happening within the Marist Association in other parts of the country.

In looking forward to future priorities and to growing our Perth Marist Association, our new Youth Chaplain at Newman College, Roger O’Neill, gave us an overview of his plans, hopes and dreams for his work with our youth. Four members of Marist Youth Ministry, Molly, Stefan, Emily and Michael, also joined us and spoke of their work and their plans for the future in the areas of Faith, Ministry and Social. It was a delight to have representatives of our youth join us for this gathering, giving us great hope and confidence for continuing of the charism of St Marcellin into its third century.

Br John Horgan presents Kate Warchomij with her membership certificate.

John Finneran shared aspirations for building partnerships with Parishes in our area, commencing with a bi monthly Mass at Subiaco Parish for Marist Association Members and Marist Youth Ministry Members to come together in prayer, worship and sharing a meal. We are keen to build a commitment with our local Marist Youth Ministry, collaborating with them through Community Outreach and Association Service, and supporting them in their Faith and Ministry, in particular with their participation in the Mercy Care Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Program in South Africa.

John also advised of possible scenarios for Marist Association Retreats with Br Bill Sullivan when he is at Newman College next year. We will look at options of evenings, one day and two to three day retreats to meet the individual needs and availability of our members.

We plan to increase the number of our gatherings next year and to create more opportunities to come together as Marist Association to build community. 

Our members were informed of the latest details of the Association’s National Assembly in Adelaide in October and were encouraged to consider attending. We will be asking for expressions of interest and looking at the possibility of subsidizing travel costs for some members.

We look forward to our next local gathering in March 2018 followed by a BBQ at the Brother’s Residence.

Di Grinbergs

Local Coordinator

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Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Canberra Regional Gathering

The Canberra Regional Gathering took place on Thursday 2 November and our central theme was creating ‘a sense of belonging in our Marist community’.

We commenced the evening with a visual meditation, selecting a Marist Minute (a fortnightly reflection within our local community) and discussing our insights. Participants heard from Chris Morrissey and Carmel Luck who shared their experience of belonging as Marists, in their capacity as teachers and having left the school community.

This brought forth rich conversation around inclusivity, openness and how members of the Marist Association can find ways to meaningfully contribute. Our members were challenged to consider the development of the Marist Association both locally and nationally, as well as the role of the priorities in their lives looking ahead to 2018.

The evening concluded with a beautiful family meal and it was wonderful to see younger faces welcomed to the table.

Nathan Ahearne

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Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

Sydney Regional Gathering

On Thursday, 26th October, the Association Regional Gathering was held in two Sydney locations simultaneously, with the intention of giving all members the option of attending the location most convenient to them. Sydney 1 gathered at Marcellin College Randwick, while Sydney 2 gathered at Trinity Catholic College Auburn.

Both gatherings were well attended where we watched the presentation “A Snapshot of 2017.” This lead to animated discussion about the wonderful things already being done and accomplished, but more importantly, we discussed where we want to do more, with the underlying conclusion that we must continue to serve the marginalised.  

Thank you to all who attended both Gatherings and we look forward to great things happening next year!
 

Mary Ivancic

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Sep
6
3:30 PM15:30

Local Melbourne Gathering: Alive with Gospel Fire!

On Wednesday, 6th September, we gathered in the newly opened Atrium at Marcellin College Bulleen. What a magnificent space, so rich in history and Marist symbolism.

Br Michael Herry led us in song and prayer. His enthusiasm and passion soon had us all joining in the singing!

The focus of our Gathering was the unpacking of the Module on Christian Discipleship taken from our Growing the Spiritual Family booklet. Joe McCarthy led this reflection. He adopted a contemplative approach which enabled us to reflect on our own understanding of discipleship.

We welcomed three new members to the Marist Association: Grace Johnstone, Maureen Caldow and Sarah Cattapan. A warm welcome is extended to all of them - it is always good to ‘grow’ our Marist Family.

A big thank you to all who attended – these gatherings, where we pray and discern together, help to enrich us all.

God Bless.

Gail Coates
Local Coordinator

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Sep
5
3:30 PM15:30

Local Marist Association Gathering - Mt Carmel Catholic College Varroville NSW

Igor inviting people to reflect and discuss our role in the future of the Marist charism.

On Tuesday, 5th September, 2017, we held a local gathering for existing members and staff interested in the Association. Igor Pletikosa did a wonderful job facilitating this gathering. We explored the issues based on a module from “Growing the Spiritual Family” on Our Gift To the Church. Open and honest discussion was had, with some inspiring sharing from those who attended. We delved into the current secularised world we are living in today and discussed the challenges faced, and what we can possibly do to address these. Afterwards, we had a Thai banquet at a nearby restaurant. Plenty of food and laughs were shared and what came out of this gathering was the sense that “we are not alone in our vocation”. We very much look forward to our next gathering.

For those hesitant about trying this, it is worth the small amount of effort. Keep it simple.

The gathering at Mt Carmel Catholic College.

Damian Sligar
Local Coordinator, Varroville

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Aug
25
to Aug 27

Marist Association Regional Retreat Perth

On Friday evening Marist Association members from Perth and from Bunbury gathered at New Norcia, the place of the first Marists in Western Australia from 1913 – 1964, for their Retreat facilitated by Br Tony Shears fms, Lord Teach Us to Pray – an exploration of our deepening relationship with God, Jesus, the Spirit and Mary.

Our 16 participants were led through a variety of different ways of Praying, Reflections and Personal Quiet Time by Br Tony, who was able to cater to the different needs of each participant by offering a plethora of ideas and resources.

We joined the Benedictine Monks, three of whom are ex- students of Marist Schools from different states, for Mass and Vespers in the Monastery Oratory. We also joined the New Norcia Community for Sunday Mass in the Abbey Church which was originally built in 1861 and has been added to over the years to accommodate the large congregation consisting of the Monks, locals and a number of retreat and school camp groups, tourists and pilgrims who have completed the Camino Walk from St Joseph’s at Subiaco in the Footsteps of Dom Salvado and Dom Serra.

The historic and spiritual atmosphere of New Norcia, along with it’s rich tradition of Marist Education made it an ideal location for out first Marist Association Retreat. We not only had the opportunity to take time to deepen our relationship and prayer life with God, Jesus, Spirit and Mary but also the occasion to build community among ourselves as Marist Association.

We are very grateful to Br Tony for travelling from NSW to lead us in such a spiritual experience and for sharing his expertise in assisting us so meaningfully in our own Spiritual Development.

Dianne Grinbergs

Local Coordinator, Perth

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Aug
16
3:00 PM15:00

Marist Association Local Gathering August 2017, Perth.

To celebrate our Patronal Feast Day, we gathered on Wednesday 16 August. We enjoyed our guest speaker, Sr Margaret Scharf OP, who shared MARY FOR OUR TIMES: MOTHER, MODEL, MYSTIC. which we found animated, engaging, enlightening and very much in line with our Marist Spirituality on Mary.

We presented new members, Br Noel Hickey and Tricia Starkey with their membership and badges and we completed our Formation Program Module Mary’s Work, Mary’s Way: A Doorway into God’s Mission.

We continued to build community over heart - warming soup and beverages, with lively discussions and conversations.

Dianne Grinbergs

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Marist Bicentenary Mass
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Marist Bicentenary Mass

Br Peter Carroll
Provincial and Leader of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat is pleased to invite you to

the celebration of the

Marist Bicentenary Mass

being held at 11am, 12 August 2017 at the following locations

Brisbane
Mass Cathedral of St Stephen
Light refreshments Francis Rush Centre

Sydney
Mass St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta
Light refreshments Cathedral Cloister

Melbourne
Mass Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin College Bulleen
Light refreshments Functions Room, Marcellin College Bulleen

Please celebrate this significant occasion with us.

Mass will be followed by light refreshments.

REGISTER FOR CATERING PURPOSES BY

28 July 2017

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Jul
23
4:30 PM16:30

Mass and Jubilee Celebration in Melbourne

On Sunday 23rd July, Melbourne Marists celebrated Mass with the Exodus Community at the Banyule Community Health Centre, Heidelberg West. It is always affirming to gather as one. Present on the day were members of the Exodus Community, the Marist Association, MYM and Remar. 

Thanks to all who attended and who assisted in so many ways. 

Not only were we there to pray and worship together – we were also there to celebrate Br Harry Prout’s Golden Jubilee: 50 years a Brother. We congratulate you, Br Harry! Jack Stammers and Hannah Silberstein spoke about Br Harry’s achievements and successes and his great kindness to them when they were part of the Exodus Young Adult Community. We all want to thank you, Br Harry for all that you have done, and are doing – we are grateful to you for your wonderful servant leadership. 

The gathering ended with a scrumptious luncheon. A sincere thank you to all who brought a plate to share.
 
Gail Coates
Local Coordinator, Melbourne
 

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Jun
6
8:30 PM20:30

Feast Day of St. Marcellin Champagnat Catholic College Sale

In this the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Marist community, this was a special day of celebration and commemoration for our College.

A whole school Mass in the morning was followed by an ‘In the Footsteps of St. Marcellin Champagnat Walk’ around the two city lakes in Sale.

Each student and staff member was issued with a ‘Pilgrims’ booklet containing ten significant events in Marcellin’s life. As the walkers progressed around the route they encountered the ten events, marked by a sign and picture depicting the event. Their booklets were stamped with the image of the Bicentennial pin, they were then on their way to the next stop.

At the conclusion of the walk each walker was issued with a Marist Bicentennial pin. It was a great day in celebrating our College Marist heritage and building our community.

Peter Centra
Deputy Principal – Catholic Identity and Community

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Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

Heidelberg West, Melbourne Gathering

Melbourne Marists Celebrate Champagnat Day in Style!

Thank you all for joining us to celebrate Champagnat Day at The Shed, Exodus House, Heidelberg West last night. It was a wonderful gathering of Marists young and old. Our sincere thanks go to Brs Barry Lamb and Doug Walsh, Cassie Wilmot and Jack Stammers for organising this event.

The Shed was decorated with streamers and balloons, the food was delicious and there was even a large chocolate cake to celebrate the Bicentenary. Thank you Br Michael Herry and team for your wonderful music – it certainly enhanced our prayers. The singing of the Sub Tuum was a real highlight of the evening.

Br Barry gave a short reflection on St Marcellin, telling us three stories from his life, and then read a letter from Father Champagnat, addressed to us, wishing the Marist Association well. We sincerely thank you Br Barry, for presenting all present with a personal copy of this letter, together with a beautifully inscribed, hand-drawn card.

The gathering ended with members packing bread in readiness for the Exodus Bread Run the following day.

So, to all who helped, attended and participated - thank you – what a great team effort! This was indeed a feast day celebration to remember.

Gail Coates

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Marist Association Local Gathering Perth May 2017

Our Local Gathering of the Perth Marist Association took place on Wednesday evening was very well attended.

We congratulated new members with the presentation of their certificates and medals. There were several new attendees who had come along to see what we are all about.

We welcomed Br John Furlong who has recently moved to the Brothers Community at Churchlands.

We also welcomed Br Harry Prout who is currently on leave in Perth. Harry spoke to the group about his work with the Heidelberg Exodus Community. Our group was amazed at the work Harry is doing and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with him and share his experiences.

A light meal and refreshments provided a great opportunity for Community Building, with lots of conversations and sharing.

Dianne Grinbergs

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May
23
to Jun 13

2017 Marian Lectures Series: An Invitation to Come and Explore 'Underground Cathedrals'

You are invited to come to a presentation in the search of 'underground cathedrals' with the wisdom of noted educator and spiritual guide Mark Patrick Hederman OSB of Glenstal Abbey, Ireland. This is an annual Marian Lecture hosted by the Marist Association. The presentation is free. However, spaces are limited so – RSVP now at http://www.maristassociation.org.au or call 02 – 9218 4000.

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Innisfail Gathering 2017
May
4
9:30 AM09:30

Innisfail Gathering 2017

Marists from Good Counsel College, Innisfail, met on May 4 for their ‘Beyond Footsteps 2’ Local Gathering. Peter Dryden, Local Coordinator, welcomed Debra Withnall (pictured) as the latest Member to the group. The attendees met at the College and explored the theme, ‘Communion – The Spiritual Family – Availability to Each Other’: 

'To live the Marist Charism with others is to live an experience of communion. People reach their full potential in so far as they enter into a relationship of communion. The quality of that communication conditions the quality of our existence and the lives we lead. We need one another.' 
(Secretariat of the laity, 2012) 

They then went off together to enjoy a shared meal.

Peter Dryden
Local Coordinator, Innisfail

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