August 2009 News

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New Marists in Latin America

Six young men recently took their first vows in the Society of Mary at La Jordana, Mexico.

Their places in the novitiate community have now been taken by four new novices: two from Peru-Venezuela and one each from Brazil and Mexico.

Fr Jean Vienne SM continues as master of novices assisted by Kiwi, Fr Peter McAfee, who recently participated in the Sydney-based Marymount formation program.



The newly-professed Marists with two of their formators, from left: Orlando Orosco (Peru-Venezuela), Alito Goncalves (Brazil), Fernando Torres (Mexico), Fr Jean Vienne (novice master), Ulisses Zarate (Mexico), Marca Lloclla and Jose Luis Seminario (Peru-Venezuela) and Fr Oscar Salinas.


AMSA delegates

Four delegates gather at Villa Maria, Hunters Hill, prior to the fifth biennial conference of the Association of Marist Schools of Australia (AMSA). Theme of the conference held at Manly NSW was 'Spirituality for Mission', capturing the spirit of the Marist International Festival held in conjunction with World Youth Day 2008.

From left: Fr Bob Barber SM (Vicar-provincial), Kim Evans and Fr Paul Pidcock SM (St John's College, Woodlawn, Lismore NSW) and Fr Paul Martin SM (St Patrick's College, Wellington, NZ).


'Montbel' nearing completion

Construction of the ten-unit retirement facility for senior Marists at Hunters Hill is well advanced. Scheduled for occupation in November, 'Montbel' will include two self-contained apartments for less fragile retirees.

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Marymount graduates

Three Marist priests have concluded a six-month program for formators at 'Marymount', Castle Hill, NSW.

Pictured with Australian provincial, Fr Paul Cooney (right) are Frs Boniface Becso (Oceania province), Kevin Conroy (NZ province) and Chris Ganzon (Philippines Mission District).

The three were part of a group of eight participants representing various branches of the Marist family. (See Feb 2009 news).