Champagnat Marists, Lay and Brothers, from Kiribati, Fiji Islands, Samoa and New Zealand, will be gathering for an Assembly.
The theme of the Assembly is Determing our Future.
Br Emili (Superor General) will attend the Assembly which will begin on 12 December and conclude on 14 December.
The New Zealand Province has launched the local phase of the preparation for the Second International Mission Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. This will contribute towards the New Zealand Province Assembly in December 2013. This latter gathering will mark the beginning of the new District of the Pacific.
Matthew Pearce, Damon Maclachlan, Br Chris Maney and Br Kevin Dobbyn
With the arrival of two young men, Matthew Pearce and Damon Maclachlan, the Beatrice Road community now numbers five. Br Kevin met Damon's family when they had called in to the community over Christmas. Damon is from Masterton originally and spent last year at the Grove in Lower Hutt. Matthew is from Whangarei and Br Kevin travelled north to met his family.
Orientation took place at Cook's Beach. During this 'getting to know you' trip, against the spectacular backdrop of the Coromandel, opportunity was taken to discuss the possibilities of the year ahead, openly and frankly.
Br Charles' funeral can still be viewed here.
Mr Shane Tong
On Tuesday 31 January, three Brothers attended the powhiri to the new Principal and Year 9 students at St John's College, Hamilton.
On Tuesday 31 January Brothers David McDonald, (Provincial), Richard Dunleavy and Patrick Bignell attended the powhiri at St John’s College. The powhiri was held to welcome the new Principal, Mr Shane Tong, an Old Boy and the Year 9 students for 2012. It was an opportunity for the brothers to support the college’s commitment to Champagnant’s charism.
Champagnat Marists begin to get ready for the new academic year.
Preparation for the new school by Champagnat Marists is already evident. Some schools in the Pacific start Monday 23 January. But regardless of when school begins, on behalf of all Champagnat Marists, I would like to remind you that our mission is to wish you the best your ministry in 2012 and encourage you to remember that our mission is to make Jesus known and loved.
On Tuesday 17 January, the Country Coordinators of Fiji, Samoa and Kiribati met with the Brother Siaosi, Assistant Provincial in the Pacific, the Provincial and the Council to discuss leadership in the Pacific.
After receiving reports on what is happening in each country, time was devoted to discussing the strategic goals from the Pacific Assembly in May 2011 and other Pacific issues.
The Country Coordinators were appointed as the Pacific Leader’s Forum and invited to actively assist the Assistant Provincial to develop and implement a plan for the Pacific within the Province.
Pacific Leader's Forum
Br Brian Callaghan
Country Co-ordinator, Samoa
Br Kees van der Weert
Country Co-ordinator, Fiji Islands
Br Kevin O'Malley
Country Co-ordinator, for Kiribati
The Provincial and Council invited formators to Fiji to review and clarify our formation processes.
Province Formation Meeting
Despite the humidity and the stormy weather, the ambience of the dining room at Marcellin Centre Vatuwaqa, Fiji, with flowers and table cloths was the near-perfect setting for a conversation about initial formation.
On Monday 16 January, the Provincial and Council together with the brothers involved at the various stages of initial formation made use of the World Café process to review and clarify our formation steps and processes. The conversation was animated no doubt because of the questions posed which involved all in the diversity of background, level and type of education, experience, age, culture, choices and values.
The second day involved the people directly involved in initial formation. It was equally animated, even as we fine-tuned some draft documents. An open forum session had everyone sharing in a way that reflected a growing and determined effort to take responsibility for this task in the Province.
Brother Luke made his Perpetual Profession in Fiji on Saturday 14 January 2012.
Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me”. (Mt10:33)
On Saturday 14 January Brother Luke Fong made a further commitment to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ when he made his Perpetual Profession at the Church of St Vincent de Paul, Nausori, Fiji, in the presence of his parents, family, friends, Champagnat Marists, students, other religious and 22 Marist Brothers from various parts of the NZ Province.
His uncle, Father Pio Fong SM led the gathering in the celebration Mass during which Brother Luke‘s vows were received by the Provincial of the NZ Province, Brother David McDonald.
After the vow ceremony the brothers gathered around Brother Luke to invite his parents forward to be Affiliated to the province.
Once the Sevusevu, the official ceremony of welcome, was completed, the brothers spent a very enjoyable afternoon sharing stories, free time and a meal with those gathered in the parish hall below the church.
The brothers also gathered at Champagnat Institute on Sunday 15 January to celebrate again Luke’s final profession and to enjoy each other’s company.
Congratulations Brother Luke’s for your continuing commitment to our mission “to make Jesus known and loved” and for giving us a tangible sign in the Province that Something New is Happening.