May 2015

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Anzac chaplain honoured

In this Anzac centenary year the founding rector of St John's College, Woodlawn, NSW, Fr Thomas Segrief SM, has been honoured by the installation of a memorial plaque at the college recalling his Gallipoli service.

Woodlawn chaplain, Fr Paul Pidcock SM, sends this summary: click here

[May 28]


Pentecost at Monteverde

Australians Frs Tony Corcoran and Paul Cooney, celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost together at the Marist Fathers' General House, Monteverde, Rome,

Both hold key administrative positions at the international HQ. Fr Tony has commenced a third three-year term as secretary-general and Fr Paul is into his second year as bursar-general.

Sunday Mass at Monteverde is attended by local and visiting sisters as well as other community members and visiting Marists.

[May 25]


From left: Muriel Valles, Eik Sai, James Brangnu, Seng Naw Mai and George Myo Zaw Mya, all members of the Marist-sponsored Bridge Program of 2013. Below: In their signature BP shirts.

BP-ers graduate

Five former members of Marist Training Resources' 'Bridge Program', have graduated with a Diploma of Liberal Arts from Australian Catholic University.

ACU's award-winning online tertiary program on the Thai-Burma border was established with Marist Mission Centre help in 2004. Since then scores of young Burmese have benefited from the project.

Amongst this year's graduates at the Maesot, Thailand, ceremony on May 23 were five BP-ers from the 2013 Bridge Program.

[May 24]


'Preserving the memories'

Marist missionary In Bolivia, Fr John Hopkinson SM, has written a circular letter to fellow-Marists and friends about his forthcoming 70th birthday and the memories of his mission:

'Since our coming together as the community of Misioneros Maristas Bolivia some 25 years ago, we have been accustomed to follow the tradition of ‘’preserving the memories’’ and to celebrate those significant and grace-filled moments in our journey together'       For full text: Click here.

[May 21]


KK's new digs

Veteran Pacific missionary and Bougainville crisis chronicler, Fr Kevin Kerley SM, 86, is now ensconced at 'Horton House' in the comfortable precincts of the Congregational Community Church retirement facility, D'Aram St, Hunters Hill.

Returning to Villa Maria monastery twice weekly, 'KK', as he is affectionately known, continues to sort his voluminous, hand-written records, much of which is destined for Pacific research libraries in Canberra.

In Jan 2014 the Gympie-born Marist was awarded the OAM for 'service to the international community through humanitarian roles in Papua-New Guinea'. See Australia Day honour for Fr Kevin Kerley. Also: Fr Kevin assists media research and Investiture of Fr Kevin OAM.

[May 20]


Burmese IDP worker visits

Patrick Aung Tu, a Burmese Kachin consultant on Internally Displaced Persons in Myanmar, visited Sydney on the weekend of May 15-17 staying with the Villa Maria Marist community and connecting with local Kachin groups.

As part of Myitkyina Catholic diocese's CHAD agency (Community Healthcare and Development), Patrick's work takes him to the most remote parts of Kachin State in Burma's far north, and into the many camps housing over 90,000 IDPs.

As one of a group of 12 Burmese he is in Australia for three weeks attending the Burnett Foundation's Melbourne program 'Strengthening Civil Society Leaders in Myanmar'.

[May 17]


Mind the gap

Fr Kevin Bates reflects on the gap that divides the community both here and globally....

Click here

[May 16]



From Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans Sr Noelene Simmons SM reports that the latest ACRATH news is now available.

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[May 15]


Lismore bishop's anniversary visit

Celebrating 45 years since priestly ordination, Lismore's Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, visited Hunters Hill and Woolwich on May 14.

Bishop Jarrett took the opportuity to call on some of his former seminary teachers, recalling his four years spent at St Peter Chanel's Scholasticate, Toongabbie, NSW..

[May 14]

Above left: Fr Geoffrey Jarrett on the deck of the Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich, NSW, near the chapel where he was ordained priest in 1970 / at Montbel with Fr Allan Connors and former seninary professors, Frs John Thornhill and James Esler.  Right: Bishop Jarrett at Montbel near the John Coburn icon of St Peter Chanel / in Holy Name of Mary church, Hunters Hill

Marists and Council at Rosalie

The Australian Province leadership team met with Brisbane-based Marists on Aug 12.

Gathering with local Marists at the new community of Rosalie (see April news) the Provincial Community completed several days in Queensland following their annual review and planning meeting at Currumbin.

[May 13]

Above, standing, from left: Fr Chris Ketsore, Br Charlie Randle, Frs John Begg, Gerry Hall, Kevin Stewart and Jack Soulsby. Seated: Frs Aidan Carvill, Jim Hargrave, Peter McMurrich, John Gillen, Michael Rego and Bob Barber, Hayden Kennedy, Fr Lou Molloy.  Below: Frs Kevin Stewart, Jack Soulsby, Bob Barber / Frs John Worthington, Jim Hargrave, Aidan Carvill, Lou Molloy  |  Fr John Begg  |  Frs Michael Rego and John Gillen.

Golden jubilarians, from left, Frs Harry Moore, Peter Carde (NZ), Tom Ryan and Michael O’Connor (Fiji) / The Ryan brothers, Tom, Paddy and Kevin, with Fr Michael O'Connor (second from right).

Golden jubilees in Brisbane

Fr Tom Ryan reports from the Marist community of Herston, Brisbane, on the recent Golden Jubilee of Ordination celebrations of Frs Harry Moore, Peter Carde, Michael O'Connor and himself...

'We celebrated our Jubilee Mass at St Joan of Arc church, Herston, Thursday May 7th with Brisbane Marists, family, friends and neighbouring Presentation Sisters.

'The Ryan family gathered to celebrate at our place: we three Ryan brothers, Paddy, Kevin and myself who were students 50 years ago at Greenmeadows NZ in 1965 with Michael O’Connor and Peter Carde.'

Congratulations to the jubilarians!

[May 10]


Down, down and staying down

Fr Kevin Bates on supermatket wages as well as prices.

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[May 09]


Latest Provincial Circular

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[May 01]


Special SM Bulletin on Fr Dumortier

The Marist Fathers' General Administration, Rome, has released a special 'SM Bulletin' following the recent death of former Superior-General, Fr Roger Dumortier SM. Click here

[May 01]


Latest Euroinfo

Recent news from the European Province of the Marist Fathers. Click here

[May 01]