of the The Edmund Rice Centre for Social Justice, Fremantle
A HUNDRED INVITED GUESTS including local federal member
Carmen Lawrence and mayor Peter Tagliaferri filled to capacity the
common room of the former Cleopatra hotel in High St on Friday April
15 at 5.30 pm for the event. Purchase and renovation of the hotel
had been largely funded by the Christian Brothers.
Chaplain Fr Greg Watson supported by Sr Pauline O'Connor, Br Gerry
Faulkner, and Sr Elizabeth Sanders led the prayer.
Centrepiece of the stimulating program MCed by the Centre's full
time worker (Damien Norris resplendent in new suit) was a
well researched presentation by Rev Neville Watson who challenged
us to be faithful, in the face of violence, which is escalating
both internationally and domestically but under-reported (with bias)
often by the commercial media. (cf Iraq)
Province Leader Kevin Ryan traced the history of the Centre
speaking appreciatively of those who worked for or in the centre
since its 1992 inception. He mentioned specifically Gerry Faulkner,
Pat Carey, David Linke, Cheryl Vernon, Peter Harney and Wayne Tinsey
and praised the efforts of Debbie Rosser, Claire O'Connor, Shane
Lavery and Noelene Trenorden who helped organised the night. He
emphasised that the centre was to work with its heart its head and
its hands and to be a mutual learner with other people. He pointed
to links with ERCs in other parts of Oceania especially East Timor,
PNG and most recently the Philippines.
The members of the new Board John Staude (Chair), Pauline O'Connor,
Michael Cole, and Kevin Paull were presented with plaques. Two additional
members Bev Oliver and Maria Harries were overseas.
Everyone contributed, by writing on a "post-it" note
an idea for the operation of the centre. These were then displayed
around the wall.
Highlight of the ceremony was the solidarity dance where all joined
one of three concentric circles to enjoy kinaesthetic communion
with those present in support of others around the world working
for peace and justice.
There followed a meal and conversation under balloons, banners,
flags (Aboriginal, Indian, East Timorese and WA) and the new website
Individuals, teachers and parish and community groups who are interested
in using the resources provided by the centre, or in participating
in the programs being developed by the Centre are encouraged to
visit the website at www.ercfremantle.org
or contact Clare O'Connor on 08 9335 4353 or by email at: email@example.com.
Report written by Br John
Marks, Photos by Br Pat Kelly.