Conversations with Br Philip Pinto
On Saturday 12th of May Gregory Terrace College hosted A Conversation with Br Philip Pinto. This occasion was associated with the recent Gathering of Dreamers event in Melbourne commemorating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Brothers in Melbourne. Philip has served a twelve year period as Superior General of the Christian Brothers and now works in formation services for the Christian Brothers.
The conversation with Br Pinto was a wonderful opportunity for those who were present. The presentation was recorded and may be accessed via the Gregory Terrace College YouTube channel. The transcribe of Philip’s presentation is also available.
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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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