May 2010 News



Colin Library books dispersed

The books of Hunters Hill's Colin Library have found new homes and grateful readers.


Following the closure of Catholic Theological Union some years ago plans were commenced to disperse the library's books amongst institutions who could best use them. These include the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane) Centre for Patristic Studies, the Veech Library, Strathfield, Sydney College of Divinity, Notre Dame University, Campion College, Toongabbie (who now have the complete Woodbury collection), Pacific Regional College, Suva, Fiji, Good Shepherd seminary, Auckland NZ, Redemptorist Mater seminary, Perth WA and Sydney's Aquinas Academy.

Books of special Marist significance are being re-sited in the newly-established Marist Reference Resource Library, Maryvale, Hunters Hill.

After its opening in 1975 the Colin Library served the needs of Marist seminarians and fellow students of Catholic Theological Union as well as research graduates and Marist academics. The last borrowings were in 2009.


Former Colin Library supervisor, Rosie Payn, inspects some of the re-sited volumes on the shelves of Notre Dame University library, Broadway, NSW. Notre Dame is one of a dozen institutions to benefit from the Colin Library collection. Rosie comments: 'The dispersal is timely and I'm glad the books are now being used in other libraries. I used to worry about what would happen to them but they’ve all found good homes.'

'Do whatever he tells you'

First e-conference on Mary

Marists at various centres participated on May 18 in Australia's first 'e-conference' on Mary, the first disciple.

The conference, an initiative of Parramatta diocese's Institute for Mission, centred around input from Fr Frank Maloney SDB sharing insights into Mary as disciple, woman and mother, the sciptural theme being 'Do whatever he tells you' (Jn 2:5)

Participating groups were scheduled for interaction with Fr Frank after sharing groups were facilitated at the various centres which included the Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich, and St Joseph's College (Marist Brothers), Hunters Hill, NSW.


Brs Hugh and Gerard at Adelaide railway station

Kiwi Brothers cross Australia

Two SM Brothers from the New Zealand province have crossed Australia as part of Br Gerard Hogg's golden jubilee of profession celebration.

Br Hugh Peacock SM accompanied Br Gerard and crossed Australia on the Indian-Pacific railway to Perth after visiting Sydney and Adelaide.

Both brothers are well known to Australian Marists. Br Hugh was on the Australia-NZ formation staff for some years while Br Gerard assisted at Monteverde, the General House of the Marist Fathers in Rome.


Bishops visit Villa Maria

Archbishop Adrian Smith SM presides with eight other bishops and several Marist priests
/ The five visiting Marists

Parishioners of Holy Name of Mary parish, Hunters Hill, NSW, were treated to a visit of no less than nine bishops on May 12. All are participants in the Federation of Bishops' Conferences of the Pacific.

The visiting bishops were Archbishop Guiseppe Lazzarotto (Apostlic Nuncio for Australia), Archbishop Adrian Smith SM (Honiara, Solomon Islands), Archbishop Michel Calvet SM (Noumea), Archbishop Denis Hart (Melbourne, Vic), Bishop Colin Campbell (Dunedin, NZ), Bishop John Doaninoel SM (Rabaul, PNG), Bishop James Foley (Cairns, Qld), Emeritus Bishop Henk Kronenberg SM (formerly Bougainville, PNG) and Bishop Luc Matthys (Armidale, NSW). General Secretary of the Pacific Bishops' conference, Fr Roger McCarrick SM, was also present.

Ninety bishops from Oceania and Australasia have been meeting in Camperdown, Sydney, exploring avenues of collaboration as well as enjoying inservices in scripture and liturgy.


Villa Maria parish priest, Fr Kevin Bates SM, welcome the bishops at Mass in Holy Name of Mary church, which was followed by supper in the parish hall.

Fr Bill Ryder SM, Bishop John Doaninoel SM (Rabaul, PNG) and Br John Votaia SM (Solomon Islands)


International novice master in Australia

New Zealand Marist, Fr Pat Breeze, passes through Sydney after a term as Novice Master of the Marist International Novitiate, Davao, Philippines. Six young men took vows as Marists at a ceremony there on Mar 25. [see story, March news]

Fr Pat will visit the Marist novitaite at Tutu, Taveuni Island, fiji, before taking up his new role in August on the formation team of the European theologate at Sidcup, Kent, UK. s


Award for
Fr Paul Glynn

At Southern Cross University's graduation ceremony in Lismore, NSW, on Apr 08, Fr Paul Glynn SM was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his written contributions to the work of reconciliation and healing between Australia and Japan.

Many of Fr Paul's books tell the stories of everyday, heroic people who dedicated themselves to peace and reconciliation in the afermath of World War II.

Fr Paul gave the occasional address for the ceremony, focusing on the example of pioneer Marist missionary in Japan, Fr Lionel Marsden SM, and his work of reconciliation. It was after Fr Lionel's horrific experiences in Changi prison and along the Thai-Burma railway that he received permission to begin the Marist mission in post-war Japan.


St Peter Chanel web site restored

The New Zealand Marist province through its 'Marist Internet Project' has launched a new permanent website dedicated to St Peter Chanel. The original site was designed some years back and has recently been restored.

The address is:

The site includes pages on 'A brief biography', '200 years on'. 'First martyr', 'Conversion of Futuna', 'Oral tradition - Futuna', 'Peter's relics', 'Prayers' and a special page of 'Funstuff'.