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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for last night …
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.
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 email@example.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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Local Coordinator, Varroville
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.
Local Coordinator, 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.
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
Mass Cathedral of St Stephen
Light refreshments Francis Rush Centre
Mass St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta
Light refreshments Cathedral Cloister
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
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.
Local Coordinator, Melbourne
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.
Deputy Principal – Catholic Identity and Community
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local Coordinator, Innisfail
The local gathering of our Perth Marist Association was held on Wednesday 29 March at the Brothers’ Residence adjacent to Newman College. We had 35 attendees which included our Marist Association members, those whose memberships are pending and a those who came along to see if they would like to become members. We were delighted to welcome Daniel and Katie Lynch, members from Sydney, who now live in Perth. Br Kieran was visiting from New Zealand and was a welcome guest. He shared his Marist experiences from New Zealand with us.
Following a recap of our gatherings from 2016 and looking at the feedback given by Joe McCarthy from our Regional Gathering in November, we looked at our plans and activities for 2017. These are based on the feedback of ideas, requests and suggestions from our members and pending members. They include our first Marist Association Retreat which will be held over 3 days in August at New Norcia. This is the only monastic town in Australia, 130 km north of Perth and where the Marist Brothers began their mission in Western Australia. Its school, St Ildephonsus’ Boys’ School, was opened in 1913 and operated until 1964 under the Marist Brothers.
We also welcomed and congratulated new members to the Association, announced the release of the Marist Prayer App and shared our Formation Module Our Gift to the Church. Br John Horgan and Daniel Lynch shared their knowledge and experience of Marist Youth Ministry, Marist Solidarity and Marist Youth Care. We engaged in great dialogue and prayer throughout the sharing of this module.
We concluded our evening with community building over refreshments and a BBQ provided by the Brothers’ Community.
On Monday, 27th March, nine members of the Marist Association in Alice Springs gathered for a prayer and meal at the home of Denise and Andre Simon to mark the new year, and new beginnings for the Association in the heart of Australia. Our prayer reflected on the Marist story, as captured in the four paintings for the Bicentenary, and their connections to our own Marist stories. Conversation flowed as we shared a meal, and plenty of laughter, deep into the evening. It was wonderful to kick off the year with amazing hospitality and delicious (and continuous) food from Denise and Andre. The photo was taken later in the evening, with a few of the stayers! Our next event will celebrate Champagnat Day, in true Marist style, with more great company and great food.
Br James Hodge
Local Coordinator, Alice Springs
It was the 'regular’ (once a term) gathering of the local group of the Marist Association at Red Bend Catholic College held at the Brothers’ house on Thursday 23 March.
We had an ‘awakening’ process’ and then some sharing about the confronting issues people experience in their contact with young people. In a sense, it was an adapted version of the first phase of the General Chapter preparation process.
We also took some contemplative prayer time together, and finished the evening with dinner together at a local pub.
Brother Michael Callinan FMS
On Tuesday 22nd March, the Local Melbourne Marist Association held a ‘Marist Think Tank’ Gathering at the Brothers’ Community, Templestowe. As it was such a pleasant evening we were able to enjoy our meal outside – all gathered around the tables! Our sincere thanks go to Brother John, Brother Peter and the rest of the community for their wonderful hospitality.
Brother John led us in a process of contemplation on the question ‘Aware of Br Emili’s document: Gratitude, Forgiveness, Commitment, as a Marist, what is on your mind now?’ The feedback from the small group discussions, clearly indicated that there is plenty to be grateful for and that there is much we can and could commit to as we move forward as an Association. Opportunities like this are important as they encourage us to keep thinking about and planning for the future as well as sharing what we have and hope to achieve as members.
As you would be aware the General Chapter of the Marist Brothers is being held in September this year. The Chapter sets the vision and priorities for the Institute for the next eight years. Joe McCarthy briefly outlined the process for how Marists across Australia can be involved in the 'Pre-Chapter Process'. Those who were interested in being part of this process were asked to ‘sign up’ so that a working group could begin the process here in Melbourne.
This was also an opportunity to welcome Robyn and Peter White as our newest Members of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat.
On Monday 2 January 2017, more than 150 people gathered at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to celebrate the Marist Bicentenary Commemorative Mass. In addition to members of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat from the region, there were past and present students, parents, Marist Brothers, Principals, Newman College Staff, at this celebration.
St Joseph’s Subiaco is adjacent to the site of the first Marist school in Perth, thus we felt it appropriate to hold this special celebration at this significant site.
We were privileged to have as Principal Celebrant The Most Reverend Bishop Holohan – Bishop of Bunbury. Bishop Holohan has a strong connection to the Marist Brothers, having been a part of the Marist Brothers Community and Chaplain at Newman College during the 1980s/90s. He is also a Member of the Marist Association.
Concelebrating priests included the Very Reverend Peter Whitely – Vicar General of Perth, past student of Marist , Subiaco, Rev Fr Joseph Walsh – Parish Priest of Subiaco, Rev Fr Jeff Aldous – past Marist student and Rev Fr Pat Rooney - past Marist student.
There were also five Marist Brothers at the gathering: Brother Terry Orrell, Br Noel Hickey, Br Paul Murphy, Br Brian Kinsella and Br Mark Paul, all of whom are originally from West Australia.
Following Mass, morning tea was served on the piazza adjacent to the Church. We celebrated the past and asked God’s blessing on the future as we begin the third century of Marist life and mission.