Edition 5 : March 2002
all and welcome to this first edition
of Edmund Rice News for the Bicentennial Year.
|LATE BREAKING NEWS: NEW CONGREGATIONAL LEADER -- It has just
been reported to us that the new Congregational Leader of the Christian Brothers
is Br. Philip Pinto of India
Quick Guide to this issue:
THIS YEAR, 2002, IS A YEAR
FOR CELEBRATION, ENDEAVOUR, REFLECTION AND PLANNING. This first
edition of Edmund Rice Family News for the year illustrates the
progress being made in all these areas already.
CELEBRATIONS: Plans are well
underway for the celebrations at the local, regional, province,
national and international levels and in some places the corks
have already been popped. Two hundred years of any endeavour
is worth celebrating. We pay tribute to all those who have made
the Edmund Rice dream a reality and we pay tribute to Edmund
Rice himself .
ENDEAVOURS: There have already
been some exciting things happening over the summer break and
in this edition of Edmund Rice Family News we'd like to bring
you up to date with what others in the family have been doing.
REFLECTION: One doesn't need
to be an Einstein to work out that the world and the Church is
moving through a time of significant adjustment at the moment.
It is a time to be learning from the past; to be applying our
wisdom to the present; and to be keeping our eye on the future.
The Brothers will be shortly publishing a history of the Christian
Brother's Colleges in Western Australia 1894-2000. Br Kevin Paull
wrote it and it is likely to cause a lot of interest because
he doesn't pull any punches.
PLANNING: The BIG event this
year that will impact on the work of the Edmund Rice Family into
the future is the General Chapter of the Christian Brothers to
be held in Rome in a few weeks. A new international leadership
team will be elected and this is the forum where the endeavours
of the Edmund Rice international family are discussed and affirmed.
5: Mar 2002
Beyond Dreams in Stone...
Brian Coyne reviews
a new history to be published in a few month's time. Beyond Dreams
in Stone is the work of historian and Christian Brother, Kevin
IF ANY BLOKE could be described
as having an innate understanding of Australia Br Kevin Paull
would have to go close. Born and raised in Kalgoorlie, Kevin's
grandparents and parents breathed the air of the Goldfields for
most of the 20th Century. Kevin himself became a Christian Brother
with a passionate interest in the history of his nation. When
he retired as Principal of Aquinas College in 1999, and from 40
years of teaching, he devoted his energies to writing as objective
an account as he could of the history of Christian Brothers' Colleges
in Western Australia from their foundation in 1894.
Br Kevin Paull
It is difficult enough
for any person to try and summarize their own hopes, dreams,
disappointments, mistakes and achievements of a lifetime. This
book is much more than that. Br Kevin Paull is trying to summarize
the hopes, dreams, disappointments, mistakes and achievements
of the hundreds of Christian Brothers, and tens of thousands
of their students and parents, in an endeavour over a whole century
that made a significant contribution to defining who we are as
West Australians. What he has written tries to capture the changing
nature of the challenges faced by Western Australians, and Western
Australian Catholics over the century. When the Christian Brothers
came to WA at the end of the 19th Century, there was little in
the way of education available to boys, and particularly Catholic
boys. Catholics were looked down upon as a sub-class in this
colony from the outset and made up just 7% of the population.
In the middle of the 19th century their numbers grew to 25% of
the population through transportation of convicts, Irish political
prisoners and the importation of "needle girls" as
prospective brides and a source of domestic labour for the established
He endeavours to give us an
understanding of the forces shaping our society and the tensions
within the Church and the surrounding society as parents and
the Church endeavoured to compete and carve a better future for
themselves and their offspring. There can be little doubt that
they succeeded in their wider aim. Catholics today do take their
place in Australian society in full dignity and equality with
all other Australians. Much of their work has been able to be
handed over to highly trained lay teachers. The Brothers have
begun to search for new areas of endeavour where the selfless
spirit of Edmund Rice can lift those on the margins to similar
standards of dignity. The last two paragraphs of his book summarize
the challenge well...
IN HIS DAY Rice's schools brought
faith where there was cynicism, hope where there was bitterness
and despair, and compassion where there was brutality and anger.
Asked what she thought was the greatest achievement of Clontarf
Aboriginal College, Principal Donella Brown, nominated the way
some of the students return to the remote communities from which
they came and become teacher assistants, teachers and health workers.
'They are,' she says, 'giving other people the confidence to better
their own quality of life.'
In ways like this
the Christian Brothers have been able to reach beyond their dreams
in stone. In a remote community, in the Western Australian outback,
two hundred years after he opened his first school, the work
of the merchant of Waterford still touches the lives of others.
Beyond Dreams in Stone will
be released in a few month's time. It is a must read
publication for any person seeking to understand the Edmund Rice
ethos and the forces and tensions within the Church and within
wider society that helped turn an Irish dream into an international
Casey Byers is head
girl at Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon. Following is
her report of the inaugural Conference for Student Leaders in
Edmund Rice Colleges held in Melbourne in January.
DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS I attended
a Leadership Conference at St Kevin's College in Toorak, Melbourne
from the 24th to the 27th of January. It was the first ever gathering
of head students from Edmund Rice Colleges throughout Australia.
These conferences aimed at developing young leaders who have
been given the responsibility of leading their college throughout
the year of 2002.
I arrived on the Thursday afternoon
and once at St Kevin's we played a few introductory games to
get to know each other's names etc. Every State except the
Northern Territory was represented by one student or more. As
there were only two females we were billeted with the deputy
principal of St Kevin's. After dinner in the pavilion we went
to our billets.
Friday consisted of a conference
in the morning which included speeches from special guests and
ex- St Kevin's captains and students. Hearing the information
from people who had just been through the leadership thing made
it easier to comprehend and they were able to understand where
we were coming from as well. After lunch we were given
free time. I went shopping in Chapel Street.
Friday night was the most amazing
experience of the whole conference. We were split into groups
and sent off in Soup Vans to feed the disadvantaged people throughout
Melbourne. We were situated near one of the Train Stations and
after speaking to a man I realised that he was so inspirational
because he had nothing, but he was still talking about his dreams
of travelling to Queensland one day and he still had a smile
on his face.
Saturday involved conferencing
in the morning and coverage of the Edmund Rice ways and values
and how we can instill them into the way we lead the College
and students. We also discussed the good and bad points of our
colleges and how, in 2002, we think we will be able to improve
them. An ex- captain gave us a talk on how vital the student
and staff support is, to set goals, to be professional by gaining
background information before presenting an idea and to foster
respect. We all wrote down our thoughts, goals, etc on paper
and these will be sent to us in about three weeks to see if we
are still on that path. This concluded the interaction conferences.
That afternoon we took a tour
around Melbourne on the Ambrose Treacy Trail that includes orphanages,
St Patrick's Cathedral, Captain Cook's cottage and the old Parade
Before our concluding dinner
a tree was planted using the soil samples that each student had
bought from their college. A member of the parliament delivered
a speech that evening. After saying farewell to all the staff
and the organisers, the students all met up at Chapel Street
to celebrate Australia Day.
The following day I was given
a tour through South Street, the casino and the markets by the
family I was billeted with before flying home. For a group of
30 people who didn't know each other, we became all very close,
and hope to have a reunion next year to see how our leadership
roles turned out. For the students, they found it comforting
to have a support system of people in the same position as them.
I gained a lot from the conference because it was mainly presented
by people who had just been through the whole leadership experience.
effect a General Chapter might have on your work
by Br Pat
THERE CAN BE LITTLE DOUBT that the most far reaching event this
year on the work of the Christian Brothers is likely to be the
meeting of the General Chapter which is being held at the moment
in Rome. In line with changes in the governance of many organisations
in the Western world today, the working of a General Chapter
today is far more transparent than it used to be in the past.
The Christian Brothers, like any organisation, is a living, breathing
entity. It is a dynamic organisation with many people in many
different fields of human activity in diverse geographical locations
around the world. All organisations and families required a defined
leadership firstly for legal reasons. Someone has to take responsibility
for the assets and decisions of the organisation. These days
though, all effective organisations also see that the governance
of an organisation is a means of giving voice to the hopes, vision,
charism and aspirations of people at all levels in the organisation.
The preparations that have gone
on towards the holding of this General Chapter have perhaps been
the most open in the whole history of the work begun by Blessed
Edmund. Since the last General Chapter in 1995 the world has
changed quite significantly and, in many respects, so has the
work of the Christian Brothers, been changing.
In the lead-up to the General Chapter there has been wide consultation
including the election of delegates from all the Provinces around
the world. (From Holy Spirit Province, the three delegates attending
the General Chapter of the Christian Brothers Congregation in
Rome on our behalf at the moment are the Province Leader, Br
Tony Shanahan, and Brs Kevin Ryan and Gerry Faulkner. For the
first ten days in Rome they will also be joined by Richard Mavros,
Donella Brown and ten other reps from the wider Edmund Rice Family
throughout the world.)
On both sides of the General Chapter, the
provinces around the world will be holding Province Chapter meetings.
In some cases these were held before the General Chapter and in others
they will be held later in the year. These have been part of the formal
mechanism for setting the agenda for the International Chapter and will
also be part of the mechanism by which the consensus of the international
Edmund Rice Family as reflected through the General Chapter is communicated
back to the widely scattered grass-roots of our family.
In the Holy Spirit Province we
have three important formal mechanisms for feedback once the
International Chapter has concluded. A Province Day will be held
on South Australia on 21 April and in Western Australia on 27
April so that the delegates can report back. Between 10-17 July,
the Province Chapter will be held where 15 delegates plus the
Province Leadership Team will meet. On this occasion an important
part of the agenda of the Province Chapter is to be considering
how the directions discerned at the international level are given
practical meaning in our part of the world.
The occasions of the meeting
of the General and National Province Chapters are also when elections
take place for the new International and Province Leadership
teams who take the legal and governance responsibility of ensuring
that the family carries out the vision that has been discerned
through this whole process of consultation and delegation of
Br Pat Kelly cfc is a member
of the Holy Spirit Province Leadership Team and one of the alternate
delegates to the International Chapter had any of the main delegates
not been able to attend for any reason.
from all around Holy Spirit Province...
Rice Leaders meet at Moore River
EDDIE RICE CAMP LEADERS from Ireland, New Zealand and Australia attended
Edmund Rice Camps in the Australian provinces in January before
themselves assembling at Moore River, W.A., for their own conference
from Jan 29th to Feb 3rd. Richard Mavros did most of the organising
assisted by local volunteers Kathleen, Jill and Tina along with
some of the Brothers. Richard has been quite ecstatic in his email
messages to participants since the conclusion of the conference.
Here is a sample:
"What an event -- gathering!
I really am unable to put into words what it has meant for me.
When we as a Conference team talk about it we go a bit gah gah
and lose track of which part we are talking about. For me just
to have been around you all -- in an environment filled with
sparks of life, hopes and dreams was truly lifegiving. I can't
thank each of you enough."
"It really was an extraordinary
gathering of amazing young people -- just to be near to that
spark-filled environment renewed my hope that there is still
a flood of young people signing up to fight the good fight. In
the Church world it can too often be about whether or not people
say the right things, label their actions with the right amount
of religious fervour for people to support them in their works.
Yet for young people growing up in today's crazy society, jam
packed with distracting messages at every turn -- for them to
still be keen to take that journey is amazing. And it is wonderful
that at a place like ERC they can be supported in that process.
They feel they still have a choice -- they are not slaves to
the system -- that must be one of the greatest gifts ERC can
give to young people."
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HERE IS A MESSAGE received
by one member of our family working with kids on the margins
in one of the Edmund Rice facilities:
Young Billy (not his real
name) had just started with us after not attending school for
three terms of 2001. I'm in daily contact with his Mum and Dad.
They cannot believe the change in him in just eight days with
us. They said: "He chats with us, he talks about his day,
he's eating better, he takes himself off to bed at reasonable
hours, and we don't have to throw a bucket of water on him to
get him out of bed. We don't know what you people do, but we
do know the program works. We wish we had known about it earlier."
Development Days in Adelaide and Perth
DEVELOPMENT DAYS were conducted on successive Sundays last year
-- October 21st at Westcourt and October 28th at CBC Adelaide.
Gerry Faulkner ran the opening session on clarifying the focus
of what our schools are really about. This was followed by an
exchange of "best practice" in Edmund Rice Schools.
After lunch, Cathy Tesoriero in Perth and Noel Mifsud in Adelaide,
gave inspirational addresses on what they had garnered about
Edmund Rice from their recent TRASNA studies in Ireland. The
final session kicked off with a role play which made board members
look at the underlying philosophy of the budgeting process and
how this affects access to our schools.
Child Migrant Tracing Service
IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR Joan
Kerry (pictured at right with Province Leader, Br Tony Shanahan)
spent six weeks in WA interviewing and meeting former child migrants
who are still trying to trace their families in the UK. Joan, herself
from Britain, has worked there with the Child Migrant Trust. She
has been contracted for a three year period by the Australian Bishops
and Leaders of Religious Orders which conducted institutions for
Child Migrants. While in Perth Joan worked from the C-BERSS (Christian
Brothers Ex Residents and Students Service) Office. Some of the
former Child Migrants arranged for her to travel to the south west
and to Bindoon and Tardun. She also spent a day at Westcourt with
Br Tony, Josette, our archivist, and some of the C-BERSS staff.
Rice Scholarship Awards...
THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS HAVE
ANNOUNCED that the following people have been awarded
Edmund Rice Scholarships for travel to Ireland in July 2002 to
take part in the TRASNA program: Adela Lock (Rostrevor), Gerry
McCarthy (Rostrevor), Mark Wolowski (Aquinas), Joe Audino (Aquinas),
Don McNamee (CBC Fremantle). They will join 45 others from around
the world. This will be the sixth year that this innovative program
has been held.
word Trasna is an Irish work which signifies "movement across".
Implied in this is the idea of change and action. At the heart
of the program is an invitation to move from our present way
of thought and action to a radical transformation of how we think
2001 Trasna participants
Donella Brown (Clontarf - centre of photo)
in a cornfield in Ballygriffin, July 2001
The goals of Trasna are firstly
to facilitate a process in which the members of the spiritual
families of Edmund Rice and Nano Nagle come in touch with the
living spirit which inspired the hearts and actions of Nano and
Edmund. Secondly, Trasna draws participants into insights, motivations
and skills to seek new ways of responding to the needs of people
who struggle with injustice and poverty and the meaning and purpose
The program focuses on a contemporary
understanding of the vision of Edmund and Nano. Reflections on
the life journeys of the founders is the impetus for the course
participants to touch their own lives. The elements of Trasna
are pilgrimage, prayer, reflection, discernment and celebration.
The program is organised by the Presentation Sisters, the Presentation
Brothers, the Christian Brothers and Associates.
program in SA steadingly achieving its aims...
FAME PROGRAM IN SA is full with five young women and three young
men plus a waiting list of about five more. Two of the participants
in the program last year have gone on to full-time employment,
one is re-entering TAFE and one is awaiting acceptance into an
8-week "job ready" course. FAME stands for Flexible
And Mobile Education.
Brian "I always will remain a Brother at heart" Cassidy
|We regret to bring you the news that Brian Cassidy
whose story was featured in the last edition of Edmund Rice Family
News passed away on the 19th January. Brian was a former Christian
Brother who had been struggling with ill-health for many years.
The tribute at left is taken from the words penned by Kathleen
Bacich and read at his funeral. It captures a lot of Brian's
It must have been a special
day when Brian Cassidy was born.
A light has shone from heaven and will guide us now we mourn.
But now a far brighter star shines along the heavenly way.
That light will shine forever it is truly there to stay.
His faith and love of God
was evident in his life.
And those who knew him loved him -- and even if in strife
He taught us how to laugh through all the thick and thin.
And when anything needed fixing we'd just call Brian in!
Brian gave his "ALL"
in everything he did.
He taught us how to live by the way that he lived,
He worked so hard and was happy with life.
He loved his children and Norma his wife.
He was such an example of true faith and love
Always confident and trusting in the Lord above.
UPASNA -- an "enriching"
experience in India for Michael Hanrahan
MICHAEL HANRAHAN is another
of those long time pilgrims on the Edmund Rice journey. When
I rang him a few days ago to find out about his recent experiences
in India on UPASNA, I found out he's another old-boy of Aquinas
from around my era in the 1960s. He's been teaching at Aquinas
now for the past 13 years. (Director of Society & Environment
in the Middle School, RE for Year 11 and Geography in Yrs 11
and 12.) The UPASNA experience is a cross-cultural program that
has been running for a number of years for religious in India.
As part of the bicentenary celebrations this year, a number of
places were made available for members of the wider Edmund Rice
Family. Michael was one of three international participants on
the month-long program that ran from 21 January to 21 February.
The program incorporates pilgrimage, prayer, reflection, discernment
and liturgies. The highlight of the program for Michael was the
pilgrimage from Delhi (where the main part of the program was
held) to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas where they
spent five days visiting both a Catholic and a Hindu Ashram.
He said "it was fascinating getting the Hindu perspective
on what they thought of Christianity" and how the two religious
systems might relate to one another. Other elements of the program
he mentioned included workshops on Scripture and Life by Br Dermot
Barrett, "six solid days spent looking at ego and self in
a spirtual awareness program run by Jesuit, Fr Tony De Souza",
and reflections on the four directions being discussed at the
General Chapter in Rome at the moment.
Highlight of UPASNA - Rishikesh
Michael's advice for anyone
else who might be considering this program next year is "Go
for it. It is just a wonderful experience. It forced me to reflect
deeply on my life journey -- where I've been and where I'm going." ...BMC
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from the Edmund Rice Centre, Mirrabooka...
Br Steve Bowman reports the
Edmund Rice Centre is as busy as ever. The following is a summary of
news and a number of opportunities where you might like to assist
Adult Classes for Refugees...
CLASSES IN ENGLISH, COMPUTER STUDIES AND VARIOUS ARTS AND CRAFTS continue to be well attended with approximately
152 currently enrolled. This year, thanks to the generosity of
Mrs Lorraine McGinniss, a volunteer teacher at the Centre, and
Mrs Lyn Cox we are offering a "Women's Coffee Morning"
on Saturdays from 10.00am - 12.00noon. The main aim of these
"mornings" is to provide the opportunity for women
from Refugee backgrounds to enjoy the friendship of other women
and to practice their English conversation in a friendly and
informal atmosphere. Any female members of the Edmund Rice Family
who would like to come along would be very welcome. We are also
looking for a couple of people to "child-mind" the
younger children who come along with their mothers. If you would
like more information please ring the Centre on 9440 0625.
Refugee Youth Leisure
|LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH continue to be offered every Wednesday afternoon
and Saturday morning. Recently, the Centre purchased a second hand
22 Seat Coaster Bus from Mercy College, Koondoola. The larger bus
will help alleviate the problem of having to transport an ever-increasing
number of young people to various leisure facilities. Sadly we recently
farewelled Melanie Van Hek our Social Worker who had been involved
with the program since it began in October 1998. Melanie has been
offered a full-time position with her work in Midland and is therefore
unable to commit to two positions. In her place we welcome Melita
Wilson who has been an Edmund Rice Camp leader for a number of years
and has been involved with the Leisure program as a volunteer while
completing her Diploma in Youth Work. Melita is currently studying
Social Work at Curtin University. We are also fortunate to have a
very dedicated team of volunteers who come along each week to be with
the young people and I know that the Refugee Youth really value this
Material support wanted
to Refugee Families
YEAR THE CENTRE ASSISTED 147 REFUGEE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS by providing donated household goods.
Mrs Betty O'Neill continues to work very hard sorting and packing
the items donated to the Centre for distribution to families.
A big "thanks" to the large network of supporters who
collect and donate goods needed to establish a home: crockery,
cutlery, cooking utensils, bed linen and furniture. Currently,
we could do with more crockery and cutlery, so if you are having
a late "spring clean" please feel free to give us a
call at the Centre on 9440 0625. We do collect from your home
if required. Thankyou.
Picnic Day at Point
Walter for Unaccompanied Refugees
|The Edmund Rice Centre recently held a family picnic at Point Walter. It was
an opportunity to provide support for a group of unaccompanied young
people. These are young people under the age of 18 who have arrived
by themselves in Australia on Temporary Protection Visas. For full
photo coverage of the day click on the photo or here.
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An inspiring story of someone who did a lot of
other things in life before making a full-time commitment as
John Colyer as
JOHN COLYER was the first born to Jack Cyril &
Marjorie Colyer, on the 2nd of November 1924 in the little village
of Tunbridge in Kent England. He was to be followed into the
world by his sister, Joan, some 18 months later. His second sister
died as a baby from cot death. John had a happy childhood growing
up in a time of peace between two wars. When the time came for
him to start his education he was sent to York House College,
a well known Church of England School. Here he stayed till he
completed his secondary education at the age of 17. While he
was at York, England declared war on Germany and this was to influence
John's life considerably. He did what thousands of young men
and women of his day felt obliged to do and volunteered to join
the forces of her Majesty the Queen to defend his country. He
was successful and soon after he completed his training he became
a Royal marine assigned to the Combined Operations under the
leadership of Lord Mount Batten. In his four years of service
he distinguished himself with Honour and was awarded the Burma
Star for his Bravery under fire as a landing craft driver in
the Malay campaign under the famous General Slim, later to become
Governor General of Australia. At the end of the war he was stood
down from the forces and returned to civilian life. He then decided
to continue his Education and enrolled at Trinity College London
where he graduated with a Licentiate (a music degree) and a Teachers
Diploma. It was during this time that he started to seriously
think of joining the Catholic Church and so became a convert
in 1947 just as famous men like Cardinal Newman and Ambrose St
John had done before him. He continued his studies at St. Nicholas'
Training Centre in London graduating with a Montessori Teacher
Diploma, which was no mean feat in those days. His first full
time job came soon after as a music teacher to the handicapped
at the Bromham Institute in Bedford England. Little did he know
this desire to minister to the more needy of our society was
to be an important part of his life journey. In September 1950
he found himself Teaching at St Gabriel's College London except
for a short time teaching at Saint Laurensur Serre in France.
It was about this time that his
family decided to migrate to Western Australia and did so in
1953. John had intended to follow them out soon after but circumstances
conspired to prevent this. John developed a close friendship
with Father Cholet while at St. Gabriel and became a life long
friend who was to have a big influence on his life. It was he
that convinced him to move to Canada, which he did in 1960. There
he taught with the Viatorin Fathers in Ontario. It was not long
before John felt a personal call to serve the African Missions
in the Rivuma Region where he stayed for three years in Likonda
Junior Seminary run by the Benedictines in Tanzania. He returned
to Canada in 1968 at the invitation of his old friend Father
Cholet to teach at Bourget College Regaud, Quebec. Two years
later in 1970 he followed his good friend who was appointed Headmaster
of St Viateur College Montreal. Father appointed John head of
the "English as a Second Language" Department where
he flourished for thirteen years. During this productive time
of his life he also found time to lecture in ESL at McGill University
which he did successfully for nine years.
John's band in
a recent performance
It was about this time when
he decided to try his hand at becoming a permanent Deacon and
to this end he joined 50 other young men in the local Seminary
under the famous Father John Main. God had other plans for John
however and while in training he was guided to the possibility
of joining a religious Order. As a teacher he looked round for
a Teaching Order, thus the Christian Brothers Order attracted
him and to this end he made moves to join this body of men in
Canada. Keeping in mind that his family had moved out to Australia
in 1953 he was encouraged by his Mother to come to Australia
and join the order here. This he did in 1980 spending Christmas
with his Mother whom he had not seen for more than 27 years. Early
1981 he became a postulant and then Novice under the caring Br.
Terry Casey. He made his first Profession the following year and joined
the Aquinas community. Through the 80s he was to be stationed
at St Marks, Trinity College and Castledare where he taught English
and Music. While at St Marks John started a small Band, which
was named The Marksmen youth band. From these small beginnings
sprang a marvelous apostolate which he continues today. The holiday
periods see John and his small group of boys and girls go out
to nursing homes and retirement Villages and perform for the
elderly, a service that is much appreciated. During the Term
he provides the same service himself visiting anything up to
four venues per week. He is much loved and respected in the Perth
area. One of the highlights of year was the performance of the
Band in the Rayne Square for the International Children Week.
Today, at 77, he carries on the good work though he is not getting any
younger. He has become well known for helping the young ones
in his band who need special one to one assistance and many a
young student has gone on to do very well at Universities and
TAFE thanks to his personal guidance and tuition.
Tonight we salute you John and
say well done on a life well lived. It is a privilege to know
you and may God give you many happy and healthy years yet.
The foregoing is taken from
an address given by Br Peter Thrupp on the occasion of the 20th
Anniversary of John Colyer's profession.
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Teach in Rarotonga
Br Frank Perkins, Principal of Nukutera
College (enrolment 140) in Rarotonga (Cook Islands) is fairly
desperate for teachers in the areas of Science and Maths up to
Year 11 and Accounting for Years 11 and 12.
He says that the teaching load would be
about half a day and the salary between $NZ15-20,000.
Expenses are very small and teaching would
be a great missionary service on this idyllic Pacific Island.
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to deliver Keynote address at International Bicentenary Conference
The central international
bicentenary event this year occurs in Dublin over the weekend
of 5-7 April 2002 at the conclusion of the General Chapter and
at a break point in the Edmund Rice International Pilgrimages.
The keynote speaker will
be well known Australian writer, liturgist, facilitator and musician,
Fr Frank Andersen MSC. His topic will be, There seemed to
be a fire burning in my heart (Jeremiah 20:9) -- Edmund's Prophetic
The presentation will explore
aspects of finding our Prophetic Identity within a contemporary
Church, while remaining true to the tradition of Edmund Rice.
Well known for his compositions
and recordings, which include the albums On Eagles' Wings
and Rising Moon, Frank is also the author of Jesus
-- Our Story. He has extensive experience in adult faith
formation, including the Edmund Rice Staff Faith Formation Programme
developed in Melbourne for Christian Brothers' schools and ministries.
Frank will also present workshops on Eucharist as part of the afternoon's
programme. Other workshop presenters in the RDS Concert Hall on April
Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, Irish
Jesuit priest and lecturer, will take as his workshop topic Culture
and Youth: towards a ministry of imagination.
Seán Ó Duinn OSB,
a lecturer in Irish Heritage Studies at Limerick University,
will present workshops on Celtic Spirituality.
Edwina Gateley, currently writing
and leading retreats for abused and marginalised women in the
United States, will take workshops entitled Mysticism on the
Mark Hederman, a lecturer in
philosophy and literature, will explore the place of art in Christian
mystery in two workshops entitled The Door into the Dark of
our Past and Future.
Formation Coordinator for
the Edmund Rice Family in Australia, Peter Nicholson, will present
a workshop entitled Put out into the Deep: Towards an Understanding
of the Edmund Rice Family Movement.
Anne Primavesi will structure
her workshops around the topic, The Future is Earth-shaped!.
Danah Zohar will offer insights
into the scientific evidence for SQ or Spiritual Intelligence
and argue that it is the ultimate intelligence needed for the
Lastly, the Nagle Rice Vocation
Group will present a workshop entitled Vocation Ministry;
Awakening a New Enthusiasm for God's Call to Religious Life,
and will draw on their recent experiences in Ferdinand, Indiana,
as a basis for insight and dialogue.
The conference gets underway
on Friday, April 5th, with an official welcome reception and multicultural
event in the RDS Concert Hall. The weekend's activities will
conclude on Sunday, April 7th with a Eucharist Liturgy.
Further information on
the Share the Vision conference is available at the IBC website
www.edmundrice2002.com. The detailed final announcement flier,
with registration and booking forms, will be released mid December
of Edmund Rice
with his daughter, Mary,
is from an
exhibition on the
national Edmund Rice web site
by Tasmanian painter, Br Hugh
Sharpe of Hobart
[Oil on Canvas
(60x76) cms. 1991.
Photography. Jack Higgins, cfc]
EDMUND RICE REFLECTION...
It was in the mid-1980s, while I was studying
in Rome and living with another religious order of Brothers,
that I really began to appreciate how special Edmund Rice was.
In that student community in Rome there
were men from all over the world, particularly Europe and South
America. The vast majority had never heard of Edmund Rice, yet
they sat up and took notice when I began to talk a little about
They were surprised that he was a layman.
They were even more surprised that he had been married and fathered
a child. Their surprise made me surprised!
Was this so unusual? Evidently it was quite
unusual for a male religious order to be founded not by a priest,
but by a layman. I began to think that perhaps I had taken too
much in Edmund's story for granted.
They say that familiarity breeds contempt.
In the case of Edmund Rice, it is certainly true that familiarity
with his story can often lead to complacency and staleness. I
began to see that the life and genius of Edmund Ignatius Rice
was something of a well-kept secret.
Edmund himself probably has to take a little
of the blame for this. Not being a priest, he had no formal background
in theology and philosophy. He wrote no treatises on the spiritual
life. He left no spiritual journal. In regard to his own inner
life, he was a reticent and private man.
All of this makes more difficult the task
of understanding not just what Edmund did, but the person who
The great strides forward in the historical
research on the life and times of Edmund Rice have certainly
helped us in knowing Edmund Rice the man. We have moved beyond
the older versions of Edmund's life that sometimes had more to
do with hagiography than real understanding. As we see Edmund
more clearly in the historical context of his time, we are helped
to understand more vividly the significance of what he did and
the magnitude of his achievements.
But we need not only to read about Edmund
and to understand the facts of his life, we need to encounter
the person, to see into his heart and soul. In doing this we
can share something of his spirituality and be moved and inspired
by the love of God and neighbour which motivated him.
For too long, the religious orders that
Edmund founded, the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers,
have tended to act as if Edmund was their private property and
of no real interest beyond their ranks and those of their students.
The Beatification of Edmund in 1996 is a clear signal that Edmund
Rice was a man of holiness and revolutionary goodness. He is
a gift for all people.
Br Tony Shanahan, ctc
Province Leader Holy Spirit Province (WA & SA)
This reflection is taken from the forward
to God is in the Ordinary by Teresa Pirola.
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