Edmund Rice Camp 2018 Volunteer Awards
Presence Compassion & Liberation
I had the honour of being invited to attend the 2018 Volunteer and Cocktail Night last Saturday. A stunning display of peacock feather arrangements with twinkling lights made a fitting backdrop on the stage as some 65 Eddie Rice volunteers assembled to celebrate and honour the generous work of so many young people who have brought joy to the lives of young people in the community whose circumstances may be difficult.
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ERC JUSTICE UPDATES, December 2018 No.5
This issue includes articles on:
DID YOU KNOW?
Facts and figures which tend to be covered over in the popular press.
Indigenous voice proposal endorsed by joint parliamentary committee
The joint parliamentary committee on constitutional reform has released its final report today, endorsing the proposal for an Indigenous voice to parliament and recommending “a process of co-design” between the government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to work through the detail during the next parliament.
A GOOD NEWS STORY
Nineteen year old Soumi Gopalakrishnan, a St. James College (Edmund Rice Education) student, graduated dux of her college and dreamed of becoming a doctor.
Because 19-year-old Soumi Gopalakrishnan, dux of St James College (a Brisbane EREA school) is an asylum seeker she was classed as an international full-fee-paying students, meaning she was required to pay the full cost of their university tuition up-front unless offered a rare scholarship but now her dreams are a reality after many offers of help and support.
A collection of quote worth reflecting upon.
The Day Mercy and Justice Met
A beautiful Reflection on the task of distributing justice mercifully by Brother Peter Thrupp cfc
Pope Francis: the din of ‘ever more rich’ drown out cries of poor
Francis said “we Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference or with arms outstretched in helplessness” about those in need. He cited the “stifled cry” of the unborn, of starving children, “of young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts at the playground.”
Sr Patricia Fox, forced to return to Australia
Sr Patricia Fox, superior of the Our Lady of Sion congregation in the Philippines, was forced to return to Australia on November 5, 2018 after living amongst and serving the people of the Philippines for 27 years.
Climate Change in Bangladesh (Part 2)
Case Study: A Solar energy based power generation project and its impact for sustainable development
Energy Security: A look at the advantages of solar energy on a remote place with adverse terrain.
Spreading Education to local community: Households with lightbulbs at night time are getting interested in developing reading habits and many of them are planning to send their children to nearby schools.
Access to Information: With the help of solar electricity, access to communication and information is now available through mobile phones, and television with PV electricity.
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A few photos from East Timor
Above: Pick the bishop in the welcoming crowd at the Blessing of the renovated church at Railaco Criac
Remember the little boy aged 10 who died as a result of an truck accident & I shared his grave site with you? Well, now its finished – sure sign of family respect for him.
Traditional offerings carried into the church by elders & presented to the priest at the altar.
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Toast to Patrick Ambrose Treacy and The Irish Christian Brothers Who Migrated to Australia. Treacy Centre, Monday 19 November 2018 by John O’Halloran
“Enterprising Immigrant” is the sub-title of Br Regis Hickey’s 2012 Life of Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy. Few students of the Irish influence in the development of the Australian Nation since white settlement would disagree with that judgement. But the assessment could be applied equally to the many Irish immigrants to Australia. The Irish were the largest immigrant group, after the English, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. Even today Irish born people are numerous in this land. The 2011 Census indicated that in Victoria alone, 14,000 citizens were Irish born. And just over 10% of the Australian population are of Irish heritage.
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A New Beginnings For Pacific Calling Partnership
Since it began in 2006, Pacific Calling Partnership’s work such as delegations and immersions to Kiribati and Tuvalu, delegations to United Nations Climate Change Conferences and the Kiribati Australia Tuvalu Exchange Program (KATEP) has been made possible by generous contributions from supporters such as you.
We would like to ensure that the Pacific Calling Partnership is viable into the future. Hence we are planning to employ a program Co-ordinator who will work with the team of volunteers and interns for 3 days a week. The skilled volunteers that make up the PCP team will provide ongoing support to the new Coordinator to ensure a smooth transition.
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by the Prime Minister of Australia
to the Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse
22nd October 2018
The Christian Brothers Oceania Province stands with other institutions in fully endorsing the National Apology to the Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
The National Apology, to be delivered by the Prime Minister, will be conducted in the Federal Parliament in Canberra on Monday 22nd October 2018.
This is an opportunity for us all to recognise the terrible impact of abuse committed on children in institutions – both government and non-government – and to acknowledge the hurt and pain caused to so many.
The Christian Brothers have openly acknowledged that some of our own Brothers as well as lay people employed in our institutions have committed abuse against children in our care.
That such things ever occurred is a matter of enormous regret and deep sorrow.
On behalf of all Christian Brothers and all in our Edmund Rice Community I reiterate to any person who suffered abuse whilst in our care our unreserved apology profound regret.
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