photograph of an enthusiastic Br Peter Faulkner arguing the
finer points of how our faith calls us into communion with
Christ and his Cosmos sets an appropriate tone for what we
hope you will find an enthusiastic edition of Edmund Rice
is a quick issue of ERNN mainly to bring to your
attention two upcoming events: the Brotherhood
Reflection Day for those considering a Vocation
on 17 October and the ERN Retreat on 22-24 October.
(See details of both these events below.) We will
be publishing a full edition in the first week
of the next school term.
Br Peter was one of
the presenters at the recent Qavah spirituality residential
in Adelaide for members of the Edmund Rice Network drawn from
all States of Australia.
As a participant in
this second residential, I would suggest that this was a stunningly
successful week at a diverse number of levels. For the Christian
Brothers seeking to organise these spirituality programs that
pass on the Edmund Rice charism to lay people like myself
moving into these works begun by the Brothers in Australia
we are now beginning to tap into the "heart wood"
of what this Edmund Rice and Catholic/Christian spirituality
is really all about.
From the feedback I was picking up from other participants,
and from the substantial shifts that I know are occurring
in my own personal spiritual journey as a result of Qavah,
this sort of stuff is like a gold mine both at the personal
level and at the professional level. Whether as a classroom
teacher, in other ministry support roles, as a musician, artist
or craftsperson (and, from what I can see, virtually everyone
who is involved in an Edmund Rice work is engaged in a bit
of that) this directed sort of hands-on, practical spirituality
program does lead to rich personal growth and fresh perceptions
as to how you tackle your professional work.
This edition of Edmund
Rice Network News is largely devoted to sharing a little wider,
particularly in the Holy Spirit Province, some of what was
on the agenda at the Adelaide residential.