Clontarf Aboriginal College Celebrates Religious Education Week
A week of events which highlighted Clontarf’s creative approach to Religious Education woven into culture was culminated in a Morning Tea inviting Catholic Education consultants and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and Bishop Don Sproxton. The morning tea featured cleverly named menu items locally cooked on Scriptural themes. “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks” (Nehemiah 8:10) There was a “Fruits of the Earth” platter, Pizza “Scripture rolls”, and “Saving Grazes” of sausages, crackers and dips just to name a few. Terry Casey was happy to be present and offer congratulations to Salvatore de Luca who was largely responsible for the creative approach to his Identity portfolio.
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Oceania Province Weekly News June 15th
Week 1 Congregation Leadership Group: June 4 – June 8
Strong in the conversations and reflections is the concept of one body – the Congregation throughout the world. What is the look, the health, the fitness physically and emotionally of the body? There is no need to state that its parts are different in many ways and yet there are some striking similarities of a dis-ease in all parts. These similarities are what together we can grapple with. Each morning two “harvesters” recall for us in sign and word what has happened each day. The powerful presentations are confronting and yet striking.
- The Return of Br Joe Lauren to New Zealand
Joe writes “I joined the first Orientation programme in Lusaka in 2015. That programme was to put into operation the Nairobi Chapter call, “with open minds and hearts, we participate fully in the creation of a new era.” It was to begin the setting up of the groupings of new communities envisaged in “Our Way into the Future”. 18 of us from that Orientation Programme stablished four communities in the Western Province of Zambia.
- A Vision for Liberation: Edmund Rice Services – Mt Atkinson
I recently had the opportunity to share with some EREA leaders about the Mt Atkinson project under the theme of “a vision for liberation”. This was very relatable to how I see the vision of Edmund Rice Services – Mt Atkinson.
Mt Atkinson sits in one of the fastest growth corridors of Australia. The exponential growth we see in Australia’s
population tends to have two mantras – a vehicle for increasing social concerns or a unique opportunity to
turn the tables of community sentiment by implementing better strategies on enabling people to connect.
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A NEW VENTURE FOR EDMUND RICE CAMPS ELDORET
Everyone at ERC Eldoret had been waiting anxiously for Saturday, June 9. Instead of the usual children's camp at The Door in Langas, we had an exciting new outdoor activity for the kids: hiking and adventure at Kessup Falls near Iten, in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Despite the gloomy weather we left town as planned. It took nearly two hours to get to our destination, where we alighted and took a snack with the children, as the tour guide briefed them on the Do's and Don’ts, and what to be expected while hiking. The hiking part was fun as everyone had a challenge to get to the waterfalls. The view from the top was breathtaking and memorable, and the children got to learn about the Fift Valley with its falls and escarpments. After descending and taking lunch, we passed by the viewpoint on our way back and had group photos This is a high altitude point in the region where you get a good view of the hills, escarpmemts and faults.
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EDMUND RICE KARIBU GROUP COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Edmund Rice Karibu Group (ERKG) sets as its priority the empowerment of children, youth, teachers and parents and to respect, promote and champion children’s rights and other fundamental human rights. All of these are to prepare children for their lives as responsible adults.
On Saturday 12TH May, 2018, ERKG carried out community outreach program in 8 informal schools that are within Kibra’s gigantic slum. Thirty six camp leaders spread out in different regions where these schools are located to and a total of 305 children were reached, most of whom are in upper classes. 10 teachers were also in attendance. Theme of the day was based on “mentorship programs (Moral Values) and being a good role model”. Networking and Partnership in fostering the spirit of sharing information and resources.
Mr Sammy Muga
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Book Review by Br Brian Grenier
CHALICE OF LIBERTY:
PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AUSTRALIA
By Frank Brennan, MA Casey and Greg Craven, the Kapunda Press
(Connor Court Publishing), RRP $24.95
The front cover of book under review features a chalice (now in possession of the Australian Catholic University) which dates from time of the English Reformation when the celebration of Mass was banned by King Edward VI (1547-53). It is an appropriate and eye-catching image for a book subtitled ‘Protecting Religious Freedom in Australia’.
Chalice of Liberty is divided into two parts
(i) ‘Nine Questions about Religious Freedom’ co-authored by Father Frank Brennan SJ (CEO of Catholic Services Australia and Adjunct Professor of Law at ACU) and Dr Michael Casey (Director of the PM Glynn Institute at ACU); and
(ii) ‘Protecting Religious Freedom’ by Professor Greg Craven (Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Constitutional Law at ACU).
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Edmund Rice Centre WA
Common Goal is a soccer academy that operates in Mirrabooka and Cannington in Perth WA. It is a large program and part of our Youth Services at the Edmund Rice Centre WA. It runs every week in partnership with communities of local mosques, WA Police and Football West. Local police officers visit regularly to engage with the children and youth and we regularly play against local clubs, schools and associations. The program also offers participants pathways to youth leadership, development, education and employment opportunities.
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The Edmund Rice Centre has today expressed its grave concerns over reports that the Turnbull Government is considering a $400 million a year cut to the overseas aid budget.
In late-February, ERC Director Phil Glendenning delivered the keynote speech to the Catholic Social Services Conference in Melbourne. Phil spoke about the deficit of leadership in Australian society, including in politics and the Catholic Church. He called for an honest and compassionate response by the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which must include a fundamental shift in power relations. It is not good enough to say "yes terrible wrongs were committed, but the Catholic Church runs many schools, hospitals and social services".
Following a speech by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in London overnight in which he questioned the science of climate change, the Edmund Rice Centre has issued an open invite to Australia’s 226 Federal politicians to visit Kiribati and Tuvalu to see first-hand the impacts of climate change in our region.
Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning has called on the Turnbull Government to immediately rule out any forced deportations or removal of Rohingya refugees from Australia or from Australian-run detention centres.
Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia, Phil Glendenning, has welcomed Liberal MP Russell Broadbent’s call for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be brought to Australia once the US resettlement deal has run its course.
Australia’s neighbours in low-lying Pacific Island countries, such as Kiribati and Tuvalu, will be most impacted by the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.