April 2011 News
This page:   Colin card online     Articulating the Tutu vision     Cardinal visits too     Visit of Solomons missionary     Oceania provincial new Cook Islands bishop     Carbon tax explained     President and priest     New international web site     Blessed Hashimoto story published     Record web visits

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Colin greeting card and prayer online

As the Cause proceeds for Beatification of Marist Founder, Fr Jean-Claude Colin, resources to spread the word about him are becoming available online.

A simple greeting card-notelet can be downloaded and printed from Colin greeting card on this web site. The card is best printed on 100 gsm paper, then folded twice.

Included on the card is the official prayer for beatification and intentions as well as contact details for the postulator, Fr Carlo-Maria Schianchi SM, who needs to be advised of any favours received through Fr Colin's intercession.


Dr Adele Jones with Tutu director, Fr Michael McVerry SM, at work at Villa Maria

Articulating the Tutu vision

Fr Michael McVerry and Dr Adele Jones chose historic Villa Maria monastery, Hunters Hill, NSW, to reflect on the vision, mission and values of the Marist Training Centre, Tutu, Taveuni, Fiji, of which Fr Michael is the present director.

For over a century Villa Maria was headquarters of the Oceania Marist missions, providing an appropriate backdrop for this week's discussions on the specifically Marist and missionary framework in which the Tutu centre has developed over recent decades.

Dr Jones is no stranger to the Pacific, working with other Marist projects and at the University of the South Pacific, Suva.

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Cardinal visits too

The Marist community of St Patrick's, Church Hill, Sydney, has received two special visits this week. At the conclusion of the provincial, Fr Paul Cooney's, annual visitation on Apr 15, His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, joined the inner-city community for dinner.

Pictured, back: Frs Ray Chapman (parish priest), Kevin Redmond, Cardinal Pell, Fr Luke Holohan; front: Frs Peter McMurrich, Paul Cooney (provincial) and Jim Harding. Not pictured: Fr Patrick Kervin.

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Visit of Solomons missionary

Veteran American Marist missionary, Fr David Galvin SM, is visiting Sydney on a short break from the Solomon Islands.

Fr David brings a Marist presence to the Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre at Naana, Makira. His ministry extends from board membership of the school, through pastoral ministry amongst the Naana people, to reviving the school canteen!

Born In Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Fr David was ordained in 1963 and has been a member of the Oceania Marist province for 48 years.

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Fr David Galvin and pastoral ministry at Naana, Makira, Solomon Islands

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Oceania provincial named bishop of Cook Islands

The Vatican has announced the appointment of Marist Oceania provincial, Fr Paul Donoghue SM, as the eighth bishop of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Auckland-born, Fr Paul, 62, is in his sixth year as leader of the Marist Fathers in the Pacific and succeeds fellow New Zealand Marists, Bishops Robin Leamy and Stuart O'Connell (retired, Apr 11) in the far-flung ocean diocese.

We warmly congratulate Bishop-elect Paul. Read more on the New Zealand Marist web site

The Cook Islands diocese is said to cover an area
equivalent to one bounded by London, Moscow and Cairo!


Carbon tax explained

CLRI NSW takes on another pressing issue. Read more at Social Justice page: 'Tell me more about carbon tax'

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President John Momis
/  Fr Wally Fingleton SM 

President and priest

On a recent visit to Australia seeking increased aid for PNG's Autonomous Region of Bougainville, President John Momis, made special point of visiting his lifelong friend, former Marist missionary, Fr Wally Fingleton SM.

In his retirement setting at Crookwell, NSW, Fr Wally recalls thinking of the lad he had baptised: 'That boy had something different about him'. He was right.

Of Fr Wally, President Momis commented: 'He raised the critical awareness our people about resource ownership and human rights -- things that were not known in those days.'

Fr Fingleton spent almost thirty years in Bougainville. At ninety-six he is the oldest member of the Australian Province of Marist Fathers.

Bougainville's President John Momis,
with Fr Wally Fingelton SM on ABC TV

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Marist international web site renewed

The General Administration of the Society of Mary has launched a completely renewed web site, http://www.maristsm.org

hashimoto Blessed Hashimoto story published

The latest issue of 'Annals' magazine includes Fr Paul Glynn's moving story of the growth of Christian faith in Japan and the martyrdom of its early followers, including Blessed Thecla Hashimoto and her family. For the full text of the story click here.

Fr Paul is the author of many books whose sales go directly for the alleviation of poverty in many parts of the world. Selling at only $10 each they are available through phoning (+61) 02 9817 0097.


Record web visits

The web site of the Marist Fathers' Australian Province has experienced record numbers of visits during March 2011.

Over 200,000 hits were recorded in the month compared with less than 50,000 in the period in 2009. For the statistically inclined, this represents a visit every 6 minutes and a hit every 13 seconds.

As the number of web visitors has increased, so also has the number of pages being visited each time.

More than half the visits are from within Australia, while a third come from indeterminate sources, followed by smaller numbers from over sixty other countries.

The web site commenced in 2002 and was relaunched in early 2008 with its present news focus.

Daily (left) and monthly statistics for the Australian Province web site for March 2011