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Br Des Fay (Hugh) died peacefully at Rannerdale Veterans’ Care in Christchurch, aged 90.

Des spent most of his life in ministry in New Zealand, principally in Dunedin, but he also taught in Chatswood, Yeppoon, Goulburn, Canberra, Wagga and Rarotonga. His last eight years were spent in three different rest homes, these shifts necessitated by the earthquakes in Christchurch.

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Commemoration of Faithful Departed

“...I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me...Yes, it is my Father’s will that all who see the Son and believe in him shall have eternal life, and I shall raise them up on the last day.” John 6, 37-40

All Saints Day       Reflections from Previous weeks



Checks on Ministerial Powers Stripped Away

The Federal Government’s new legislation is a comprehensive assault on Australia’s obligations to protect victims of persecution, giving the Immigration Minister greater power than ever before to act as he wishes.

Read Statement from Refugee Council of Australia



Brother Gerard Alvarez cfc, a previous member of the Christian Brothers Congregation Leadership Team sends this message.
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our Crisis Relief International (CRI) team is working....Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

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PCP Media Climate


From Jill Finnane, Eco-Justice Program Coordinator, Edmund Rice Centre Homebush



Join us for a morning's reflection on the SIDS conference followed by lunch on Sydney 22 September

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URGENT ACTION ALERT – Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Shane Wood cfc, the Advocacy Coordinator for the Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers has alerted us to the Asylum Legacy Bill (amendments to the Migration Act – 2014) is being presented to a senate committee this week, with further consideration being given to the detail before returning to the full senate for a vote – probably in late November.
I add a link to documents related to this bill and to actions you, as Edmund Rice supporters in Oceania, might take to show your opinion on these amendments proposed by our government. The Human Rights Law Centre has describes the Bill as “a suite of appalling reforms”.

Shane asks us,
“Please act on this as it’s very important – it is a major shift away from commitments under the Refugee Convention.”
Please take note of this message from Sr Brigid Arthur csb in relation to urgent action required to support asylum seekers and refugees. 
The documents referred to can be found at:

Justice and Advocacy Articles

thumb Solar PanelThe former Provinces of the Christian Brothers in Oceania have, for some time, had outreaches to Developing Nations.Oceania Brothers have been in China since the 1930's, Papua New Guinea since the 1950's, in the Pacific Islands, Africa, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

The Christian Brothers have always been willing to move to where they were most needed. Indeed, in the lifetime of Edmund Rice, when Australia and New Zealand were themselves developing nations the Irish Brothers came here to educate and instil Christian Principles into the young men of these nations. When there were enough Brothers they spread to other parts of the region where the need was greater.

Read more: Developing Nations

Our Work

Advocacy Is For All

WritingRingsI am often asked about what older members of the community or those with busy full-time occupations can do to further causes of justice in Oceania.  There is a way of entering into the public debate in an effective and time limited fashion.  Not all of us are able to be involved in protest marches, pray-ins, sit-ins or other more public stances.  However, any one of us with even a limited grasp of technology and a facility for putting words together can find ways to get our message heard on any issue that we might be passionate about.

Read more: Advocacy Is For All

Justice and Advocacy Articles

Request to contribute to “Celebrating Oceania”

This request is addressed to all Ministry Leaders, Brothers, Groups and Individuals
who are part of the Oceania Province in some way.

The Province is producing a publication which gathers as many as we can of the achievements and activities around over the first seven years of the Oceania Province. We hope to have in this publication a brief description and a photograph of some element of the endeavours of every group in the broader Province. 

Read more: Celebrating Oceania