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New face at St Anne's

Bouncing back from a recent convalescence, Vanuatu-born Marist, Fr Willy Melteras, is including Mass at St Anne's Nursing Home, Hunters Hill, in his pastoral work.

Since ordination in 2013, Fr Wills ('Wills' to his mates) has been assistant-pastor at Holy Name of Mary parish, a position now held by Tongan confrere, Fr Aliki Langi

Members of the Villa Maria community, where Fr Willy now resides, provide a weekly Mass at St Anne's.              [Nov 19]

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Colin biography options

ATF publications recently announced its four format options for the purchase of Fr Justin Taylor's biography of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.

Fr Justin is pictured below at one of the book's launches held in Auckland and Wellington this week.

 To check ATF's order options, click here and scroll to 'Format'               [Nov 17]
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'A skip in our step'

Members of the Catholic Sudanese community were welcome guests at the 10 am parish liturgy of Villa Maria church, Hunters Hill, on Nov 11.

At the suggestion of Fr Jim Carty who has a regular ministry with the community at its Blacktown, Sydney, gatherings, the colourful group brought their characteristic song and dance to the parish Mass.

One parishioner commented: 'They were amazing, and the emotional and mental connections made between the local parish folk and the South Sudanese group were palpable... we left Mass with a skip in our step and lots of love in our hearts.'              [Nov 12]

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 Above: A vibrant note was added to the regular parish Mass at Holy Name of Mary ('Villa Maria') church, as the Sudanese Catholic community joined the Sunday Eucharist,  
Below: Parish priest, Fr Kevin Bates, welcoming the visiting community   |   Fr Jim Carty adds to the welcome   |   President of the Sudanese Australian Catholic Community, Mr Akoko Akok, addresses the congregation.
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Brisbane retreat

Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston, was the venue for the second Provincial retreat, Nov 04-09. 

The retreat in the centre's picturesque setting was led by Fr Tom Ryan SM, for mostly Brisbane-based Marists.               [Nov 10]

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Villa Maria school, 150 years

The parish primary school of Holy Name of Mary, Hunters Hill/Woolwich, celebrated its sesquicentenary on Oct 28.

In addition to the Eucharist celebrated by Frs Kevin Bates and Aliki Langi, a large mosaic cross was unveiled, acknowledging "150 years of Catholic primary school education in Hunters Hill".               [Nov 10]

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 Below: Scenes from the sesquicentenary event, which included an historical display and the presence of former students, including Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, pictured below with parish priest, Fr Kevin Bates.
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Deacon Kenneth

In a ceremony on Nov 03 in Rome, Marist seminarian, Kenneth Njong Akua, was ordained deacon by Bishop Tom Burns, SM. Bishop of Menevia, Wales.

Venue was the parish church of Santa Francesca Cabrini, adjacent to Casa di Maria, the international theologate of the Marist Fathers, where Kenneth has studied in recent years.

Congratulations, Deacon Kenneth!.               [Nov 08]

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 Above: Scenes at the diaconate ceremony   |   Deacon Kenneth with Bishop Tom Burns and superior-general, Fr John Larsen.
Below: African confreres and friends entertain   |   Australians present were Sr Vivienne Goldstein SM, picture with Bishop Tom, and Fr Tony Kennedy, Rector of the Marist theologate.
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Latest Marist newsletters

Recent Marist newsletters from Arica, Europe and Marist Laity International are now available. Click below...   

         [Nov 06]

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Fr Paul Glynn's 90th

Marists gathering at Hunters Hill for the Holy Souls prayer on Nov 02 (see below) stayed on to celebrate with author and missionary, Fr Paul Glynn, for the cutting of his 90th birthday cake.

Fr Paul leaves for Nara Prefecture, Japan, on Nov 08 where he has been invited to join the Catholic community of Tomigaoka for the fiftieth anniversary of their church built by his brother, the late Fr Tony Glynn. The first Mass at the Tomigaoka church was celebrated by Fr Tony on Nov 11, 1968.  Fr Paul will offer Mass there on Nov 11, 2018.           [Nov 05]

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Holy Souls remembered

In concurrent moments of Evening Prayer, two groups of Marists remembered the Holy Souls at Hunters Hill on Nov 02.

While the Maryvale/Montbel gathered in their modern chapel, other confreres and family assembled in Villa Maria's historic mission cemetery not far away in the monastery grounds.

Click here to download Evening Prayer for the Holy Souls (keep it for next year!).             [Nov 02]

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Superior-General's reflection

Fr John Larsen's November reflection on the month of the Holy Souls is on the Members page.
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Latest Provincial Circular

At Members page

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