Indigenous Ministries in Oceania

WorkingWithAboriginalPeoplesThe Christian Brothers of the Oceania Province have taken up the challenge and invitation of Indigenous people at the margins of our society to co-create a future together.


This painting is by Aboriginal artist William Parmbuk.

It was his way of putting down his idea of how the
Christian Brothers work together with the Aboriginal people.


The diversity of Indigenous Ministries throughout the Province is committed to journeying together with Indigenous People so that we can continue to:

  • Build on existing relationships and community connections
  • Value Indigenous spirituality and encourage the ongoing sharing of the Edmund Rice story and the Indigenous story
  • Promote Reconciliation based on the Christian Brothers Oceania Province Statement of Reconciliation ‘Living and Working Together in the Spirit’
  • Provide cultural awareness training programs for Brothers, staff and Edmund Rice Network groups
  • Advocate furthering the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for recognition, healing and justice
  • Provide cultural information for formation programs
  • Provide an avenue for Indigenous voices to be heard

Christian Brothers are currently present in a number of Indigenous Communities in Australia:

Wadeye, Walgett, Goodooga, Broome, Murgon-Cherbourg, Townsville, Herberton, Woolgoola,
Mount Isa, Ramussen, Townsville and Canberra.

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education

and the

Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka

are also involved in the delivery of services and support for Australian Indigenous individuals and communities.

The Government's retrogressive Indigenous Advancement Strategy

Readings of Interest

Coming from all points of the southern sky, over 250 Delegates gathered at the 2017 First Nations National Constitutional Convention and made a historic statement from the heart in hopes of improving the lives of future generations.

The conversation at Uluru built on six months of discussions held around the country where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples considered five options presented in the Referendum Council’s discussion paper.

When asked what constitutional recognition means to them, First Nations peoples told the Council they don’t want recognition if it means a simple acknowledgement, but rather constitutional reform that makes a real difference in their communities. The Referendum Council.

So that all congregational members can reflect on the Uluru Statement and what it means and what it challenges us to do, the Social Justice Committee provides a PDF copy for distribution in congregations.

Download PDF Uluru Statement

Sharon Price rsm, Executive Director, CLRI(NSW)

Programmes Worth Watching

The ABC Compass Program "Babe In The Reeds" shows of research which uncovers documentation of Aboriginal massacres on the far North Cost of NSW.

View Babe In The Reeds