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  • Destined for Life
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  • Destined for Life
  • Presence
  • compassion
  • Liberation

 Message from Br Peter Clinch, Oceania Province Leader

FrontCoverThe 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. The 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 us are listed below.
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MISSION and VALUES STATEMENTS

OCEANIA PROVINCE MISSION STATEMENT

The Oceania Province Mission Statement

draws its life and vision
from the Charism of Edmund Rice
and the Mission of the Congregation.


Daring to be disciples of Jesus and inspired by Edmund Rice,
we, living in solidarity with the whole earth community,
and walking with those whom society has marginalised,
particularly young people,proclaim liberation and justice for all creation.

OUR LIVING VALUES FOR MISSION

 

Framed by our Oceania Province Values our Missiology Statement brings to life the faith based, multi-dimensional and challenging nature of Province Mission .

 

 

PRESENCE

Alive to the wonder of all creation opening us
to intimacy with the Mystery of God.

COMPASSION

Opening our hearts to and standing
in solidarity with the suffering world.

LIBERATION

Freeing and enlivening a world groaning
under the weight of injustice.

 

PUBLICATIONS WHICH DIRECT OUR ACTIONS

CONGREGATIONAL DIRECTIONS

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

OurWayIntotheFutureThe charism of Blessed Edmund is at a crossroads.

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


The time in now! The place is here! You are the people!

With these words the Munnar Congregation Chapter 2008 had called the Christian Brothers to embrace a new way of living in our world.

We dare to risk being different and become hope for the world. We hear the cries of our times as a clarion call to become a vibrant example of Religious life that is responding to the urgent needs of our world.

For us, the status quo is not an option. We are aware of the need to undertake a bold journey to a whole new place to which we are being led by the Spirit of Jesus.

Over recent years the Christian Brothers’ Leadership Team visited every part of the Congregation, listening to Brothers, their leadership and many members of the Edmund Rice Network. They witnessed inspiring examples of dedicated service, some of it with people at the margins.

They recognised too that fundamental change in the approach of the Congregation to its work – and to it community living – has to happen if the Brothers are to respond more urgently to the cries of suffering people in our world.

Our Way Into the Future offers a global response.

Visit the Our Way into the Future Website for latest news and developments   

Download Key Documents

The Proposition – A Way into the Future – April 2013                                       

Download Our Way Into the Future – Congregation of Christian Brothers 2020

Download Br Philip Pinto’s Message to Accompany Our Way into the Future   

FORMATION AND ACCREDITATION FOR EDMUND RICE MISSION

FORMATION FOR MISSION

The Oceania Province invests energy and resources into formation opportunities.

You’ve been walking in circles, searching. Don’t drink by the water’s edge.Throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst end.Jeanette Benson

In creating space for reflection, conversation and action, the Oceania Province invests energy and resources into formation opportunities that are designed to educate, challenge and disturb.

The Oceania Province is committed to the support, development and recognition of all individuals with whom it forms relationship. Formation is celebrated as a process of accompaniment; aᅠ mutually respectful engagement that invites people into connection with the foundational story and spirit that inspired the life and vision of Edmund Rice.

In creating space for reflection, conversation and action, the Oceania Province invests energy and resources into formation opportunities that are designed to educate, challenge and disturb.

In return it is gifted with people like yourself who want to share its mission desire to be consciously and compassionately present to the needs of the entire world, but especially those made poor and marginalised.

To see how you might get involved view the pages:

The New Pathways project  

The New Pathways project identifies ways of making a personal commitment 
to the Edmund Rice charism.

 Immersions and Internships

To heighten awareness of the plight of people marginalised  by society.

           Volunteering               

To make a short or longer term commitment to engage with the marginalised.

Christian Brothers Vocations

To make a life-long commitment to living religious life in community.

Key Documents

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GoodSeedFormation Framework

Inspiration for MissionFormation Programs

You’ve been walking in circles, searching.

Don’t drink by the water’s edge.

Throw yourself in. Become the water.

Only then will your thirst end.

Jeanette Benson

MINISTRY ACCREDITATION

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.

ERMVC PosterEdmund Rice Ministry Values and
Characteristics Statement

Authentic Edmund Rice Ministry

The Edmund Rice Ministry Values and Characteristics Statement1 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.

LivingTheVisionLiving the Vision Accreditation Process

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:

  • Invitational in encouraging ministries to consider how they explicitly respond to the Edmund Rice Ministry Values and Characteristics Statement
  • Formative in providing an experience of reflection, dialogue and visioning amongst as many of the Ministry community as possible
  • Flexible in being sensitive to the unique nature and diversity of ministries across the Province
  • Affirming in ensuring ministry endeavour is recognised, proclaimed and celebrated
  • Future oriented in identifying specific areas for growth and development for the next period of life in the ministry
  • Community centred in promoting the sharing of best practice across all Edmund Rice Ministries.

For more information please use the "Contact" button (top right of page) for phone numbers and contact the Regional Coordinator in the Office nearest you.

GUIDES FOR LIVING THE VISION

Our mission, God’s mission, is to make the world whole through intimacy with the sacred and compassionate attentiveness to the ‘agenda of the world’. We promote justice, inclusivity, forgiveness and right relationships.

The most recent Congregation Chapter (Nairobi 2014) defined this Mission as: Drawn by Mystery, Destined for Life.

The Oceania Province of the global Congregation of Christian Brothers participates in this Mission faithful to the charism of its Founder Blessed Edmund Rice and informed by the contemporary wisdom and insights of both the Congregation Chapter and the Province Chapter.

Presence, Compassion and Liberation are the underlying values that guide a response within a Constitutional obligation of the evangelization of youth and the education and care of the materially poor. Central to this vision is the mutual transformation of all people, the celebration of shared ideals and values and the expression of a personal and collective commitment to engagement, development and renewal.

Therefore, our ministry engagement with local communities is always sensitive to the prevailing cultural, pastoral and spiritual context.

WalkingHumbly

Walking Humbly
with Our God

ChooseLife

Choose Life

 

Edmund Rice Ministries, informed and guided by the Mission Directorate, participate in Mission through their direct engagement with and activity in, the ‘agenda of the world.’

Mission Services support governance bodies (central and local) in ways that reflect the Directorate delegations and in alignment with, and as an expression of, a contemporary understanding of the Charism.

In this way Province partnership with ministries seeks to stimulate and creatively support the establishment, development and promotion of relationships that generate mutual transformation.

Foundational documents Walking Humbly with Our God1 and Choose Life2 detail the inspirational, theological and experiential insights that underpin our collaborative approach to Mission advancement.

Other key resources, In you I am doing something new3 and Pilgrims on the Journey4 provide snapshots of the history and wisdom of the shared journey of recent years.

Pilgrims

Pilgrims on the Journey

SomethingNew

In you I am doing something new

For more information please use the "Contact" button (top right of page) for phone numbers and contact the Regional Coordinator in the Office nearest you.

REFLECTIVE WRITING

Christ the King

Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday Reflection by Julian McDonald cfc
“No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him.”
Isaiah 63, 16-19; 64, 2-7

“And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”
Mark 13, 33-37
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Christmas Message

An Advent Reflection

In Sue monk Kidd's book on her own spiritual journey When the Heart Waits she describes a moment during the lead-up to Christmas when she encounters a monk and greets him with the usual greeting "Merry Christmas' only to receive the response 'May the Christ be born in you this Christmas'. At the time she thought it a most unusual greeting but in later years she came to realise that in fact these words contained the essence of the spiritual journey of transformation. The movement from being a self-centred person to a person who has allowed Christ to take over the heart of his/her being.

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