August 2010 News

This page:  Ageing seminar     Emmaus colleague honoured     Year of Prayer August update     Adorned with the sun     A Certain Way     Marists from Solomons

Faith, ministry and ageing seminar

Vincentian priest and moral theologian, Fr Laurence McNamara CM, led two recent seminars for ageing Australian Marists.

On Aug 25 & 26 Fr Laurie presented the theme of 'faith, ministry and ageing' to over thirty senior Marists focusing on the 'benefits and burdens' of the ageing process.

Topics included the challenges and blessings of growing old physically, spiritually and socially, as well as retirement issues of loneliness and faith and other challenging issues in priestly and religious ministry.

Scenes at the 'Faith, ministry & ageing' seminars at the Montbel / Villa Maria precincts, Hunters Hill, NSW.


'Emmaus Series'
colleague honoured

Marist theologian, Fr John Thornhill SM, preached the homily at a Mass honouring the silver jubilee of priesthood of his Emmaus Series colleague, Fr Patrick Lim.

The two priests have worked together to develop the 'Emmaus Series' program including its web site. Fr Pat is the webmaster.

The celebration took place at Fr Patrick's home parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hilton, Perth, WA, on Aug 22 with a thanksgiving Mass at which Archbishop Barry Hickey and his auxiliary, Bishop Don Sproxton, presided with twenty priests and a newly ordained deacon.

Fr Patrick was ordained on the feast of St Bartholomew, Aug 24, 1985, by the late Archbishop William Foley at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, following studies at St Paul’s National Seminary, Kensington, NSW.

Pictured left: Scenes at the jubilee Mass at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Hilton, W.A. Fr John Thornhill SM with concelebrants / with Bishop Don Sproxton.


'Year of Prayer' August update

The 'Year of Prayer for Marist vocations in Asia-Pacific' continues with the August update on our 'Year of Prayer' page. This follows last months' celebration evening remembering gthe call of Our Lady at Le Puy to form the Society of Mary as well as the promise of the Marist aspitrants at Fourviere to make this happen.

Plans are under way for the next 'Year of Prayer' event, Sep 18, near the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.

Go to the August update now...


'Adorned with the sun...'

Marist priests from the Villa Maria community regularly celebrate the Eucharist with the Marist Sisters at Woolwich, NSW.

They see the work of Sr Marie-Patricia SM who creates seasonal 'mini-shrines' in the common room of the retired Sisters' residence, 'Marian House'.

Sr Marie-Pat's latest features the Apocalypse image of the 'woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown' (Apoc 11:19).

Happy Feast of the Assumption to all our web visitors!

Sr Marie-Pat's images of Good Friday / Easter.


A Certain Way

The New Zealand Marist Province has announced a new online resource. Fr Craig Larkin’s ‘A Certain Way’ is now accessible at

First published in 1995 ‘A Certain Way’ offers insights into Marist history and spirituality through seventy-one concise and easy-to-read mini-articles.

The book has been used extensively in Marist formation programs internationally. Its major sections of the book are entitled ‘Consider the rock’, ‘Life from within’, ‘Mission’ and ‘Making it happen’

Director of the NZ’s Marist Internet Ministry, Fr John Murphy SM, has provided numerous links from the province web site to Marist historical and spiritual resources.


Solomons Marists meet up

Tanagai-based Fr Joe Kluwen SM and Solomonese Br John Votaia SM met up recently in Sydney, Fr Joe to renew his Dutch passport and Br John concluding a six-month formators' course at the Marymount Centre, Castle Hill.

As a newly-ordained missionary in 1961 Fr Joe came to Australia to develop English language skills and worked at Chanel Colleger, Geelong, Vic, before moving to the Solomon Islands where he has worked ever since.

Br John is moving shortly to the Marist community of Tutu on the island of Taveuni, Fiji, to assist in the Brothers' formation program there. He will work alongside Australian Marist, Fr Ben McKenna SM.

View from the chapel of the Marist Mission at Tanagai /
the Marist houses at Tanagai.

Br John Votaia SM (front, far right) as he began the Marymount formators' program in Feb 2010.