3rd to 5th MAY 2018
126 The Avenue Parkville
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Closure of ‘Build the Bridge Volunteers’ South Australia
Following the acceptance by the Oceania Leadership Team of the Recommendations of a Review of the Build the Bridge Volunteers South Australia program conducted recently by Dr Pauline Meemeduma, it was decided that the service would close at the end of 2017.
This service was originally focused upon helping unaccompanied minors who arrived in Adelaide through
refugee settlement to find a welcome and assistance with learning language and making friends. These young people were accompanied in various activities by volunteers from the three Edmund Rice schools and from Edmund Rice Camps. As the cohort of refugees changed, and the ability of the Province to provide sufficient governance oversight and support lessened, it was time to review the service for its appropriateness, effectiveness, and efficiency. So the decision has been made to close this service.
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Brothers of Annual Profession
At the recent meeting of the OLT, the applications for Annual Profession were discerned and discussed by the Team. Congratulations to Francis ToLiman, Desmond Taboeya and Dennis Fernandez who will make Annual Vows as Christian Brothers before Christmas.
Sadly, Willie Paruka did not apply to renew his vows. The Oceania Province community wishes Willie every happiness as he explores a different pathway for life outside of the Congregation.
Many thanks to the Brothers of PNG and Philippines who supported and accompanied the Brothers of AnnualProfession during the past year.
"You being yet very young in religion and placed over a senior Brother will require great watchfulness over yourself to perform well the task which is assigned to you, and you should beg frequently of God light and grace to effect it. Above all beg him to give you the virtue of humility which is so necessary for religious in every station, but particularly for those who have the care or direction of others.” Blessed Edmund Rice
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Visit from EREA officials
In October, Wayne Tinsey and Brian Garrone of Edmund Rice Education Australia visited Rome and met with Hugh, Peter, Julian and John.
EREA is the body which has taken over responsibilities for the schools in Australia formerly conducted by the Brothers.
Wayne and Brian are very much involved in Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB) and are keen to initiate further experiences for teachers so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Charism of Edmund Rice.
They were on their way to the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin for the launch of a new international online Leadership Certificate for teachers involved in Edmund Rice Education.
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PROVINCE AND TIMOR LESTE
Recently Br Peter Clinch on behalf of the Oceania Leadership Team announced that the Province would be withdrawing from ministry in Timor Leste from the end of 2018. This difficult decision will bring much sadness to the many people from the Edmund Rice Movement around Oceania who have lived and worked and supported our ministry in Timor Leste.
In so many ways the ministry of Comunidade Edmund Rice (CER) has mirrored the life of the Province and the Congregation. The early dream to walk in solidarity with the people of East Timor came from the leadership of St Francis Xavier Province in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Br Francis Hall from England and Br Patrick Payne from Ireland were two of the Brothers who supported Br Dan Courtney in the early days of the mission there. Over the years more than 200 Edmund Rice people have walked with the vulnerable people and fragile nation of Timor Leste.
In 1999 Br Dan Courtney was missioned to live and work among the people of Timor Leste.
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Edmund Rice Street Retreat
From Thursday October 5th to Saturday October 7th, the annual Edmund Rice Street Retreat was held at St Thomas’ of Canterbury College.
The annual Street Retreat is sponsored by the Edmund Rice Justice Trust. This year we had 26 Year 12 students participate in the programme. They came from Kavanagh College, Liston College, St Kevin’s College, St Thomas’ of Canterbury College and Villa Maria College.
The street retreat offers the students the chance to explore the many social justice issues in our community and to work with organisations such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul, Pathways Reintegration, Community Law Canterbury, The Christchurch City Mission and St John of God Rehabilitation Hospital.
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Edmund Rice Justice Trust - New Zealand: Housing
On Tuesday 3rd of October 2017, the Edmund Rice Justice Trust held another ethical encounter breakfast on housing, this time in Christchurch. It was presented by John Minto, a well-known social justice advocate.
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