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.