Message from Br Peter Clinch,
Oceania Province Leader
The 2014 Christian Brothers’ Congregation Chapter in Nairobi calls followers of Jesus and Blessed Edmund Rice to be drawn into the Mystery we call God and be open to the transformation that awaits us as we journey through life.
Encountering the Mystery
At the core of our call to be brother (and sister) for the world is our being drawn into the Mystery we call God. At this pivotal time in the history of our Congregation we are awakened to the presence of God in our midst, as we seek meaningful and respectful ways of standing in solidarity with the whole Earth community. People who stand in solidarity with the whole Earth community, listen deeply to our groaning earth and her suffering people respond with compassion and justice and move to be in right relationships with all life. In a contemplative stance to the world, the Church and Congregation experience God calling them to be agents of change, hope and transformation.
The Nairobi Congregation Chapter reminds us:
It is the agenda of the world that sets the mission direction of the Church and our Congregation. On behalf of the Oceania Province Leadership Team, our hope is that all who visit this website will be inspired and informed of how followers of Blessed Edmund Rice are fired by the Gospel of Jesus to be immersed in the God quest, live a simple life, and engage with people made poor.
The agenda of our world impels us to find a new and radical way of being brother and sister for the world. In doing so, we embrace our fragility and move forward with our new-found humility.
This website concentrates on the region of Oceania. Hopefully it will inspire people to be involved in the mission of Oceania Province and to enquire further how to participate in building joyful, healing and life-giving communities and to listen, walk and advocate in a spirit of respectful engagement with those made poor and those abused.
Key documents which describe and direct are listed below.
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MISSION and VALUES STATEMENTS
OCEANIA PROVINCE MISSION STATEMENT
OUR LIVING VALUES FOR MISSION
PUBLICATIONS WHICH DIRECT OUR ACTIONS
CONGREGATIONAL INSIGHTS AND CHAPTER DIRECTIONS
Documents which set the direction for the Congregation and Province during the period 2014-2020
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OUR WAY INTO THE FUTURE
Congregation of Christian Brothers – 2020
We can allow the flame to flicker out through preserving the status quo, or we can choose to move in trust to the Spirit’s invitation.
A Way into the Future brings hope, direction and a means of transformation, as we desire a new and radical way of being brother for the world.
Nairobi Congregation Chapter 2014
Every Edmund Rice Ministry exists to build a life‐giving community which affirms and celebrates difference, promotes right relationship and stands in solidarity with those made vulnerable by society.
Authentic Edmund Rice Ministry
The Edmund Rice Ministry Values and Characteristics Statement identifies and articulates the core features of Ministry life that best enable each Edmund Rice Ministry to give contemporary witness to that Jesus inspired, Edmund Rice vision.
While acknowledging that responsibility for bringing Edmund Rice Ministry values and characteristics to life rests with each individual Ministry, the Oceania Province has a canonical responsibility to ensure that entities for which it has direct governance authority demonstrate that their work is consistent with the Congregation’s mission mandated by the Catholic Church.
Similarly, other civilly incorporated entities that are in collaborative relationship with the Province by virtue of annual funding arrangements, general resource allocations, sponsorship funding or the receipt of in-kind professional support services from the Province, also strive to be authentic expressions of the Edmund Rice vision
While acknowledging that responsibility for bringing Edmund Rice Ministry values and characteristics to life rests with each individual Ministry, the Oceania Province has a canonical responsibility to ensure that entities for which it has direct governance authority demonstrate that their work is consistent with the Congregational mission mandated by the Catholic Church.
Similarly, other civilly incorporated entities that are in collaborative relationship with the Province by virtue of annual funding arrangements, general resource allocations, sponsorship funding or the receipt of in-kind professional support services from the Province, also strive to be authentic expressions of the Edmund Rice vision.
The Accreditation Process
The Edmund Rice Ministry Living the Vision Accreditation Process2 is designed to provide scaffolding to support each Ministry governed, sponsored or supported by Oceania Province to participate in an analysis of its own lived expression of the core values and characteristics defining Edmund Rice Ministries.
The ‘Edmund Rice Ministries Values and Characteristics Statement’ forms the foundation of the Accreditation process. In its entirety, the invitational Accreditation Process serves to promote and affirm the importance of ongoing critical reflection, expansive visioning and community dialogue in discerning the cultural and spiritual integrity of Ministry activity.
The Accreditation process is:
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Reflection on Sunday Readings by Br Julian McDonald cfc
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
The mother of Jesus said to him: “They have no wine.” Jesus said in reply: Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.” His mother said to the servants: “Do whatever he tells you.”
Sirach 27, 30 - 28, 7
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Reflection 2 on The Congregation Leadership Group Meeting
By Oceania Province Leader, Br Peter Clinch cfc
The Hero Model of leadership brings security to the group and many members leave the decision making and responsibility to the leader. The Western world generally likes a hero to be proud of, and to set trends that they can follow. With such leadership many become followers and admirers. In the Host Model of leadership, leaders recognise the gifts, creativity and leadership of others that encourages their participation as fellow leaders – not as followers.
The host seeks to find and develop other leaders,
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VOW FOR MUTUAL COLLABORATIONReligious seem to have a sense of the connectedness of everything. They hold values which are important to the human community. They hold them to a point where they are prepared to give their whole life to living them out in obvious and concrete ways. One such value is that of collaboration.
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