Rice Day 2005
Big Mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral for Edmund Rice
performing a Massai dance at
Sinon Secondary School in Tanzania
at an earlier celebration in April
EDMUND RICE SCHOOLS AND MINISTRIES around the world
celebrated Blessed Edmund Rice Day on 5th May. In our neck
of the woods many schools were just resuming the new term
and it was an appropriate way to start with special liturgies.
Probably the largest event in Holy Spirit Province was a Mass
held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide. Unfortunately
we haven't been able to find any photos of the celebrations
but have included one from an earlier celebration in April
at Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School at Arusha, Tanzania
which might serve to illustrate how diverse the Edmund Rice
Network has now become around the world.
Here are excerpts from the newsletters of CBC Adelaide, St
Paul's College and Rostrevor which give some flavour of the
at St Francis Xavier Cathedral This term is again
a very busy one and our special events begin immediately.
Tomorrow, is the Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice and we are celebrating
our Mass for all members of the Edmund Rice family, at St
Francis Xavier Cathedral at 5.45p.m. We will follow the normal
path of a late start for all Senior School classes, with classes
beginning at 2.00p.m. Attendance at the Mass is compulsory
for all Senior School students and staff. The Junior School
classes will follow their normal schedule and attendance is
voluntary for all Junior School students and staff. Mass should
finish at approximately 7.15p.m. and students will be dismissed
from The Cathedral. Parents are asked to please not double
rank outside of The Cathedral to collect your sons.
Adelaide Newsletter 4th May
of Edmund Rice Today we have celebrated the Feast
of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers. There was
a special liturgy in the morning, followed by activities and
events organised by our Youth Workers, Jo Ashcroft and Rosa
Irranca, and the College Captains. The money raised from today's
activities will go to supporting Edmund Rice Camps, Engosengui
Christian Brothers School in Arusha, Tanzania and the Christian
Brothers work in East Timor. When we reflect on the fact that
Edmund's mission was to provide education for the poor Catholic
boys in Ireland in the early 19th century, the recipients
of the school's fund raising are both appropriate and symbolic
of the growth of Edmund Rice education during the past 203
years. Congratulations to the students and staff who so enthusiastically
supported today. Tonight the College Captains and I will be
attending the CBC Mass at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.
Paul's College Newsletter 5th May 2005
Rice Mass and Memorial Garden We were all very
proud of the involvement of the Junior School boys in last
week's Mass and a special thank you to the Reception Classes
who led the reflection after communion with the Song of Blessing.
A number of the Reception boys came back to the Chapel that
night to participate in the Memorial Garden Blessing and I
thank them and their families for this. Thank you to all the
families who supported our Unfair Day Activities as well.
The Junior School boys entered this day with great spirit
and overall the College raised over $8,500 which will make
its way with the next Pilgrim group to our charities in India.
College Newsletter 12th May 2005
Kylie and Rod in Balmain for Indigenous Ministries Meeting
Br Rod provided this photo of the last meeting of the
National Coordinating Group for Indigenous Ministries (NCG:IM)
and an explanation of their work
NCG:IM is responsible to the Brothers' Inter-Province
Leadership Committee (ILC) for the Promotion of Reconciliation
and advancement of Indigenous Peoples through Edmund Rice
Ministries around Australia.
(l-r) in the photo are Br Michael Ryan, Ms Kerry Charlton,
Br Moy Hitchen, Ms Kylie Agale, Br Frank Hennessey and Br
Rod Ellyard. Ms Julieanne Manson was absent.
Introducing a new audience to the Easter story...
Clontarf Campus Minister, Br Bernard White,
provided these photos and a report on the Easter liturgy at
the College which caters for students from a range of faith
Clery explaining the Stations
IN PREPARATION for the celebration of Easter, the
Year Tens had the opportunity to hear the story of the last
day of Jesus' life before he was crucified, the event which
we remembered on Good Friday. To help us with the telling
of the story Br Brian Clery, from Aquinas College, happily
gave his time to lead the students through what has come to
be known as the fourteen "Stations of the Cross".
Not only did he tell the story, but he also led the students
through a personal reflection of what each station meant,
as well as offer a prayer for the students at each station.
The students' response to this was to write down something
they needed to forgive someone else for and something they
were sorry for. With great reverence and respect, one by one
they came to the front of the chapel and burnt the piece of
paper they had written on to symbolize God forgiving them
and them forgiving others.
To finish off, the ashes from the burnt paper was ceremoniously
sprinkled on the rose garden - the ashes will give nourishment
to the roses. This was a very powerful way to demonstrate
that our mistakes and our willingness to forgive can bring
the paper in the chapel and then the ashes were sprinkled
on the rose garden.
Earth CBAS Tardun
Is it art imitating nature or nature imitating art?
CBAS Tardun has a logo on their newsletter
of a young lad in a bushman's hat. Looking at the hats the
young men at Tardun wear these days one might wonder if the
icon imitates the nature of the place or whether the young
men at Tardun are now seeking "to live up to their image"?
THE TARDUN WEBSITE [web.cbas.wa.edu.au]
has recently been updated and contains a wonderful powerpoint
presentation of images of life at the school. [NOTE: It is
a large download at 46.5 Mb.] It is little wonder that so
many of the Brothers have deep affection for the place and
always seem to be "finding excuses" as to why they
need to be in Tardun. This place is a little bit of "heaven
on earth". Judging from the slide presentation and other
photos on the website, the number of life experiences the
students at Tardun are exposed to in their time at the school
must be second-to-none.
The latest Tardun newsletter also contains news of cooperation
with St Paul's College at Gillies Plains in SA. St Paul's
deputy, Jim Holmes, as wll as Grant Howarth and Tony Goodwin,
have travelled from Adelaide to put in time working at Tardun.
Tony Goodwin is a film maker and he's been showing the boys
how to take photographs and videos.
CBAS website and newsletter
and websites addresses...
Br Olly Pickett has recently passed yet another milestone
with the production of the 5,000 wheelchair for the developed
world. That news also provides us with an opportunity to inform
you that Olly, Eddy's Carpentry Workshop and the Edmund Rice
Centre, Mirrabooka all now have new web addresses.
Click any of the logos here to go to the new websites.
Edmund Rice Associates meeting dates for Adelaide...
EDMUND RICE ASSOCIATES is a group of about twenty
people who gather every second month in Adelaide for reflection,
prayer and story sharing. The focus is on Edmund Rice and
his inspiration. It is a relaxed and prayerful time with a
shared meal and is held at the Brothers community house
at Thebarton (103A George St). The meetings for the rest of
the year are on: June 15, August 17, October 19 and there
will be a gathering in November details yet to be decided.
In addition a non- residential Retreat will again be conducted
over the weekend of July 15th -17th Anyone in the Edmund Rice
Network is welcome to join us on these occasions.
further information contact Br John Webb on 0415 196 835 or
by email at: email@example.com
Appointment of Head of Ministry FAME Project
THE PROVINCE LEADERSHIP TEAM has much pleasure in announcing
the appointment of Mr Gerry Follows as the new project leader
of FAME (Flexible Accredited Mobile Education). Gerry will
commence work on May 16, 2005 and will be located for the
present time at the Thebarton Province Office in South Australia.
This appointment follows a number of very significant processes
and decisions since July 2004. Mr David Kelly was appointed
by the Province Leadership Team to review the governance and
operation of the previous FAME and to make recommendations
regarding the wisdom of re-opening FAME and under what circumstances
that could successfully be done.
David's review work was supported by a reference group. The
membership of that group was: Ms Kaylene Barriera [staff member
at CBC Adelaide], Mr Jeff Croser [Headmaster Rostrevor College],
Mr Tim Deslandes and Ms Terra Lea Ransom [Directors of Community
Projects in the Southern Suburbs], Mr Viano Jaksa and Mr Robin
Thompson [Learning for Life Board Members], Br Dean McGlaughlin
Province Leadership and Br Reg Whitely [Former FAME staff
member]. The Leadership Team takes this opportunity to publicly
thank these members of the reference group and to commend
them and David on the quality of their work.
David prepared a detailed report which recommended that FAME
be re-opened and focused solely on the original intent of
the project. It is envisaged that the conduct of the Flexible
Accredited Mobile Education will be delivered eventually on
multiple sites with the first site opening in the southern
suburbs of Adelaide. The project anticipates expansion into
operational sites in the North and North Eastern suburbs within
the first three years. Ultimately the FAME structure will
seek registration as an educational entity in its own right
but in the interim we are negotiating auspice arrangement
with other education suppliers in both the Catholic and Government
Gerry's role as Head of the Ministry will be focused on the
promotion, management, resourcing and accountability of the
project rather than the specific delivery of services on each
site. Lucy Tonkin, a teacher associated with the former FAME
program in its final weeks has been engaged in developing
and documenting the new curriculum since January with David
Kelly and Andre Brown, who was one of the people who started
the original project. The Province is negotiating with St
Paul's College to provide administrative services and support
to the new FAME and is very grateful to Peter Shanahan (Principal)
and Mary Emery (Board Chair) for their support of this exploration
of opportunities for future collaboration.
Gerry is Canadian by birth and his employment in Canada and
Australia brings extensive management experience in corporations
and government to his new role. In Canada he operated as the
interface between Provincial Government and the Boards of
102 communities with diverse cultural backgrounds and needs
to deliver services and agreed outcomes. Most recently he
has been the state manager of a large telecommunications company
and throughout his career has held several significant positions
as senior strategic manager for large corporations.
The Province Leadership Team are delighted to welcome Gerry
into the challenging role of revitalising FAME and ensuring
that the spirit and mission of Edmund Rice is reflected in
our outreach to those school aged young people of Adelaide
who have been disenfranchised from the learning environment
of traditional schools. We have great confidence in Gerry's
ability to lead FAME with commitment and great success and
know that he will have the support of all in the Edmund Rice
network in Adelaide and across the Province.
Kevin P Ryan cfc
Holy Spirit Province Australia.
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