Marist Schools Australia

Catholic Education in the tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat

Province Mission Assembly

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Between August 12 and 15, 70 people gathered at Mittagong for the first ever Mission Assembly for Australian Marists.  Read their message to  the Province of Australia, and their recommendations for the future.

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We are seeking an innovative and experienced secondary science teacher to travel to Bougainville in order to assist the science department of St Joseph’s College.  The school would like to have the support of a teacher who is passionate about their science and who could model for others how to teach science in a high school department with limited resources.

St Joseph’s is located in central Bougainville, 50km north of the town of Arawa. The school is an initiative of the Marist Brothers and their lay collaborators. The College commenced in 1999 is response to the growing demand for appropriate education for young people who had had their lives disrupted by the ten year Bougainville civil war (sometimes referred to as the ‘crisis’). When it started, the aim of the college was to work with young men, particularly ex-combatants, who wished to regain an education. Today, the college consists of an Elementary School, a Primary School, a High School and an Occupational Skills Training Centre.  The college is coeducational at both the elementary and primary levels.

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The Luck of the Irish...

The international nature of our shared Marist Project was made more tangible these last weeks by the visit of Marist Brothers, PJ McGowan and Nicholas Smith from Ireland. During their short stay among us both Brothers have been immersed into a mixture of Marist ministry and Australian culture! Their visit has taken them to Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Cairns. They are both very grateful for the warm hospitality extended to them.

First Provincial of the Province of Australia

Last week Br Emili Turú, our Brother Superior General, confirmed the appointment of Brother Jeffrey Crowe as the Provincial of the Province of Australia. 
We  would like to congratulate Jeff and wish him well in his new role.
We would also like to thank Brother Julian Casey as Julian has shared with Jeff the responsibility of working towards the creation of the new Province, with all the many challenges this has involved. His generous and wise leadership of Marist life and mission over many years has been greatly appreciated.
We are very blessed in the quality and generosity of our leaders at all levels of Marist life. We are most grateful to Brother Jeffrey Crowe for accepting this appointment to lead us into our future together as Marists in our new Province. 

Resources for the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat 6 June

Late last week schools should have received the prayer cards they ordered as well as a complimentary purpose-made video to assist in celebrating the 2012 Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat.  The disc contains several formats of the video as well as suggestions for some spoken content for an address in a whole school assembly or pre-eucharist setting contained in an interactive PDF.  You'll also find this PDF as well as all the other resources at Champagnat Week Resources page.  The video will be available on YouTube searchable using the keywords "maristaus young 2012".  And how about jumping onto twitter (establishing an account is easy) and making a comment about the video once you've seen it by searching #maristaus or looking up @MaristAustralia. 

Living Champagnat's Vision

The Central Desert is a far cry from the rambling hills of France where Champagnat began his project. A desert experience where one can touch into one’s own heart I am sure was not envisaged in his visioning!
Exploring how the desert nourishes the soul as it has many generations before us is the journey to the heart, a desert experience, with its stark beauty, harsh environs, allure and mystique speaks of God’s spirit alive and well! Contemplating on our ‘desert’ experience, the Marist world in context of the desert culture and history, will call participants to enter into this journey to the Heart and learn how to integrate this experience into their local ministry!
Limited places are still available in this Programme.


Year 12 Marist Forum

In the last two weeks, Year 12 Forums have been held for the Sydney and Brisbane Regions.  April 20-22 saw 33 students ... gather at Mittagong 33 young people from 16 Marist schools.  The 6 staff included Fr Paul Ghanem ofm, our chaplain, Br Justin Golding (Trinity Lismore), Christine Meharg (Mt Carmel, Varroville) Jesse Smith (Trinity Lismore)  and two Young Marists, Emma Field (Marist Woolwich 2010) and Nathan Beencke (North Sydney 2010)  The latter three names were former school captains.   The weekend was organised by Liam Duncan (ex Dundas).
It was inspiring to see how quickly these young people established strong rapport and shared deeply the narratives of their lives with the theme of the weekend 'Vocation - Call Waiting'.
We had a vocation panel with Fr Paul Ghanem OFM speaking about priesthood, Br Justin Golding fms speaking about Marist brothers, Sr Noeline Simmons SM speaking about the Marist Sisters and Christian and Jessica Moulder (Ex SFX Hamilton) on married life. The Queensland schools gathered at Toowoomba 27-29 April. Later in the year the NSW/ACT schools (21-23 Sept) and QLD schools will have the Yr11 Forums (20-22 July) with the theme of 'Social Justice'.


Being Marist Conference

Congratulations to Alison Baker (Organising Committee Coordinator), Darren McGregor (Conference Host), the Conference Organising Committee and to Marcellin College Bulleen for providing an outstanding experience for Marist School Officers at the Being Marist Conference held at Bulleen in March.  A participant at the Conference, Carmel Smith (Catholic College Bendigo), shared her experience of this significant gathering of School Officers from across the country:
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Being Marist Conference.  It was such a positive experience with a fabulous group of people who understand the joys and challenges of working in a school in a non-teaching capacity. The Conference re-affirmed that we are part of the bigger picture and showed me there is a consistency across Marist schools in the care of our students.”