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In His Hands

Prayers are requested for:

Tony (Anthony James) Smith, who passed from this life around 6pm on Thursday 11th September, 2014 at Villa O’Neill Aged Care in Prahran.
A fall, a few months back, which resulted in a broken hip, robbed him of any mobility and he was in decline from that time until the present.

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URGENT PRAYERS NEEDED

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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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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

INVITATIONS TO EVENTS AND ONLINE WAYS TO SHOW SUPPORT
FOR PACIFIC ISLANDS LEAD ON

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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

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REFLECTION ON SUNDAY READINGS

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Which of the two sons was obeying his father?”  They replied:  “The first of course.”  Then Jesus explained his meaning:  “I assure you, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you do.  For John came and showed you the way to life, and you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it...”
                       Matthew 21, 28-32

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UN World Day of Peace

The 23rd September was United Nations World Day of Peace.

  • Archbishop Tutu released this statement /prayer about the rights of Aboriginal People of Australia at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
  • “NO PLAN B as there is NO PLANET B”
  • Speech by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson

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Br Peter Harney cfc  Advocacy Talks

Br Peter Harney, who is renowned for his work in social justice, will be visiting us from Edmund Rice International in Geneva. He works with a group of Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers from different countries. Their work involves ‘engagement with the change-makers at the international level in order to bring issues and situations to the attention of the international community at the United Nations in New York and Geneva’.

Peter will be Oceania in the next few months.
He will be giving talks on Edmund Rice International and its work of Human Rights /Advocacy.

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Christian Brothers Oceania Province

One Positions Available:

Executive Officer
Edmund Rice Camps South Australia
Based in Adelaide

ERCSA EO AdThe Executive Officer provides strategic and operational leadership in the coordination of camps and recreational programs for disadvantaged children.

  • Make a difference to the lives of children in our community.
  • Lead, empower and inspire a new generation of young adult volunteer leaders.
  • Salary packaging options available.

Founded in 1991 as an initiative of the Christian Brothers, Edmund Rice Camps SA Inc. (ERCSA) is a non-profit community based organisation that serves the needs of children (aged 7-16) and their families. The organisation provides camps and other recreational activities for children who would not otherwise have such opportunities, including children considered 'at risk' or experiencing some form of disadvantage.
ERCSA also supports and encourages the growth and development of young adult volunteers by empowering them to assist those in need, and providing them with the opportunity to learn new skills and grow in confidence as leaders.
ERCSA is now embarking on an exciting new phase of its development, and the organisation is seeking a dynamic, self-driven individual with a passion for justice and an ability to lead by serving and empowering others.
The Executive Officer role will primarily involve the management of day-to-day operations of ERCSA in collaboration with ERCSA staff, volunteers and key community stakeholders. It will also involve participating in and supporting the Board in implementing the organisation's new strategic plan. Central to the role be enhancing and developing new ERCSA service activities, as well as sourcing new funding avenues through the development of networks and partnerships.
The successful applicant will ultimately be both visionary and pragmatic – someone who can develop and deliver high quality programs, yet someone who can awaken young participants to their own unique potential, and instil within the young adult volunteers a belief in their capacity to make a difference.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, with salary sacrificing options available.
For further information or an application package, please contact:
Lee Hack
Closing Date: 6th October 2014

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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.

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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.

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Our Work

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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