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Brother Francis Paulinus Hannigan

Br Francis Paulinus Hannigan, a member of the Abbotsford (Good Shepherd Hostel) Community, died around 1am on Saturday, 28 March at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Paul suffered a fall mid-week whilst out for dinner and had fractured his spine. He had a successful operation to fuse his spine but unfortunately succumbed to a heart attack a few days later.

At this stage the funeral is unlikely to be held this week. The details will be forwarded as soon as they become available.

In Loving Memory

3rd Sunday of Easter

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.  Jesus came and stood among them.  He said to them: “Peace be with you”…The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again:  “Peace be with you.  As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.”  After saying this, he breathed on them and said:  “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”
  John 20, 19-31

Third Sunday of Easter      Reflections from Previous Week

Risen Jesus Appears

First Hub Location Announced

In consultation with the Congregation Leadership Team, we are delighted to announce that Zambia has been chosen as the country in which the first set of new communities is to be established.

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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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Congratulations to Br. Gianbattista Giacon

who was proclaimed as a Doctor of Philosophy on the 19th December 2014.
His presenting Thesis was:

A Grammar of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay:
A Description of two New South Wales Languages Based on 160 years of Records.

JohnGiaconJohn Giacon PhD


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Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders

EREBB is an International network of Catholic schools educating young people from many different faiths and cultures.

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Christian Brothers Oceania Province

One Positions Available:

Call for Expressions of Interest

Ministry Leader

Edmund Rice Community Partnerships – Mt Atkinson, Melbourne

The Mission Directorate of the Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers is seeking Expressions of Interest for the position of Ministry Leader in a new and developing ministry in the western region of Melbourne.

Context of the position

The Edmund Rice Community Partnerships (ERCP) is a joint initiative of the Oceania Province and Mount Atkinson Holdings (MAH). The purpose of the initiative is to concurrently initiate the development of community-based services within the Western region of Melbourne with the development of a housing, education, transport, light industrial, commercial, and retail precinct.
The position of Ministry Leader has been created as follow-on from an interim three-month appointment from October 2014-February 2015, with an extension to June 2015.

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Positions Vacant

ERInternationalLogoEdmund Rice International (ERI) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to working for children and young people who are marginalised because of poverty, lack of access to education, legal status, environmental degradation or involvement in armed conflict.

ERI Geneva Advocacy Training 2015     Nomination Form

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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. 

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