After a time of prayer together, most of Day 3 of our time here was spent in individual Chapters ‐ those of the Provinces of Melbourne, New Zealand and Sydney. At the same time, the District Council of Melanesia also met. All these meetings involved participants in discussing the six motions developed yesterday during the final plenary session.
These motions focused on proposed configurations of the Administrative Units within Oceania. Each Chapter voted on these motions in preparation for the final
The three Chapters also elected the members of the new Provincial Councils. The names of these councillors are listed here with their Provincials:
Tuesday marks the election of the council and matters looking toward the future.
Delegates from Melanesia, Melbourne, New Zealand and Sydney gathered at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill this morning in preparation for the Concurrent Chapters over the next three days. Chairperson, of the Concurrent Chapter Steering Committee, Br Anthony Robinson spoke with delegates after lunch about organisational matters relating to our time together.
Thursday afternoon saw the celebration of several Brothers celebrating years of commitment as Champagnat Marists: From left to right - Brothers Richard Dunleavy (60), David McDonald (provincial), Nevil Bingley (50), Emili Turu (Superior General), John Paul Wilson (60), David Greenlees (partly obscured, 50), Donald Teixeira (50), Bryan Stanaway (50), Siaosi Ioane (25), Michael Taylor (60), and missing from the photo celebrating 50 years, William Lawson and Kevin Hore, as well as the doyen of the group, Kieran O'Sullivan celebrating 70 years.
Br Emili Turu, the Superior General of the Marist Brothers, has come to visit New Zealand briefly, before joining with the brothers of Oceania holding concurrent chapters: the Provinces of New Zealand/Pacific Islands, Sydney and Melbourne, together with the brothers of the District Council of Melanesia. He pays a visit to Marist HQ in Pacific Rise and meets the Brothers and staff.
In a recent list of Auckland Sporting Excellence awards, Br Terence Costello was named overall volunteer coach for rowing and netball, as well as Lifetime Volunteer Coach.
The chapter steering committee comprisiing Brothers Terence Costello, John Hazelman and Kevin Wanden have been working hard at preparing material for the coming chapter which begins on 16 December with the welcome to Br Emili Turu, the Superior General and a jubilee dinner, celebrating twenty-five, fifty, sixty and beyond years of commitment for brothers in the Champagnat Marist family.
On 13 November, Br Borerei Katarake made his first profession as a Marist Brother with five fellow novices from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomons.