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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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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said to them:  “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”  They replied:  “Caesar’s.”  At that he said to them:  “Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.”

Matthew 22, 15-21

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time       Read Reflections from Previous weeks

God and Caesar

      “Refugee Policy, Rights & Responses”

An evening talk by Phil Glendenning, Director of Edmund Rice Centre, Sydney and President of Refugee Council of Australia and by Colm Regan from Development Education based in Northern Ireland.
Date: Monday 20 October  
Time: 4.30pm- 6.30pm (Talk starts at 5.00pm.)
Venue: **Mu’OOZ Restaurant, 54 Mollison St, West End (Free Parking under Coles for 2 hours.)
RSVP: For catering purposes people MUST BOOK by replying to   by Fri Oct 17.

The next Eddiefy night with guest speaker Tom Delaney is coming up on Tuesday 28 October

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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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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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One Positions Available:

Consulant WA SARegional Mission Team Consultant (WA & SA)

Full-Time, 2yr Contract,
commencing 1st Jan 2015
Based in Perth

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Christian Brothers Oceania Province

One Positions Available:

Consulant WA  SARegional Mission Team Consultant (WA & SA)

Full-Time, 2yr Contract,
commencing 1st Jan 2015
Based in Perth

We seek an enthusiastic individual to complement our WA & SA Regional Mission Team in developing and delivering formation, networking and Ministry support services. Based in Perth, the successful candidate will work with staff, volunteers, ministries and individuals in Western and South Australia.

The Christian Brothers’ Oceania Province engages Brothers and lay people in Ministry, responding to community needs while working towards a just and sustainable future for all.
The Oceania Province’s Mission Directorate exists to interpret and enact the congregation’s continuing participation in Mission. Our multidisciplinary Regional Mission Teams build and provide Mission service functions that:

  •  Initiate, develop and drive Formation programmes that sustain and grow the participation of individuals and communities in Mission.
  • Proactively nurture, promote and support mission integrity within local Ministry.
  • Promote, energise and connect communities, groups and individuals inspired by Edmund Rice’s vision and ethos.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their capacity to develop and deliver adult education and formation, previous experience in faith based or not-for-profit organisations and proven ability in communicating with people of diverse needs and backgrounds.
An understanding of Mission-driven Ministry, experience working with individuals or groups marginalised by our society, and a familiarity with principles of justice and advocacy, right relationships and subsidiarity would be an advantage.
For the Position Description and an application pack, please contact Bella Cicero or 08 9365 2817
All applications must respond directly to the position description and selection criteria.
Applications close 5pm (WST) Wednesday 22 October 2014.

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Positions Vacant

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.

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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.

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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. 

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