Edition 4 : December 2001
all and welcome to this Christmas edition
of Edmund Rice News.
|Quick Guide to this issue:
ADVENT CHRISTMAS SUMMER the seasons of preparation
in Australia. Advent prepares us for the coming of Christ at Christmas,
Christmas is the eternally renewing coming of Christ into our lives, summer
is our season of renewal and preparation for the year ahead.
For the Christian Brothers
and the Edmund Rice Family this Advent-Christmas-Summer season
is a time of especial preparation, for the year 2002 is a whole
year of celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the work of Blessed
It is fitting therefore that
this Summer 2001 Edition of Edmund Rice Family News should have
the theme of Celebration. At the heart of what we celebrate under
the name Edmund Rice is a precious notion of serving other people
and particularly assisting other people gain a more secure grip
on the ladder of life.
We celebrate some of the many,
many achievements of Edmund Rice Family members around the Holy
Spirit Province in this work that simply cannot be evaluated
by any of the normal tools by which the well-being of our community
is valued. Who can put a price on the joy brought into a young
persons heart who has experienced the deepest meaning of
friendship at an Eddie Rice Camp? Who can put a price on the
endeavours of so many to give refugees a headstart in their new
chosen land? Who can put a price on the independence given to
even one landmine victim by one of Olly's wheelchairs? Who can
put a price on helping restore to just one Aboriginal community
of this ancient land even some token of the dignity that was
stripped from them by the arrival of the Europeans? The list
goes on: young men and women being assisted into leadership positions
in society, others who are struggling at the margins simply being
assisted to stay at school, others again are working overseas
helping those who are marginalised even by the standards of the
most marginalised in Australia.
No newsletter can tell all
the stories. In this newsletter though we have endeavoured to
bring together some examples. We also bring you a number of reflective
stories from people who have been inspired by Edmund through
their lives and work. Christmas joy, deep peace and a refreshing
holiday is our wish to all our readers.
4: Dec 2001
Finding the influence of
Edmund Rice in unexpected places...
Brian Coyne does much
of the writing and layout for Edmund Rice Family News. When we
met to prepare this edition he told me a moving story of a friend
of his who had been influenced by a story about Blessed Edmund
Rice. It is a story that you might find inspirational too. Here
it is... Br Pat Kelly cfc, Editor
I HAVE THIS CLOSE FRIEND who
is well known in mining and business circles around Perth for
toughness. Les is what you might call a mans man.
His language is tough and loud. I came to know Les not through
the most pleasant of circumstances. He was the publisher of a
leading national business magazine and we found ourselves on the
receiving end of a writ for defamation along with The West
Australian news-paper about six years ago.
The events that had led to this
litigation, plus the litigation itself, had brought deep distress
into a number of lives including my friends. The difficulties
had placed his business interests under considerable strain and
in fact he was hospitalised for some time with depression. In
the long run we have not had to defend ourselves as the action
has not proceeded.
On one of my visits to Les all
those years ago, we were commiserating with one another about
the strains in our lives both personally and in business. Just
a short time before my visit to him I had written an article
for one of the publications at the University of Notre Dame on
the life of Edmund Rice. I shared with him an aspect of the story
that had inspired me. Edmund Rice met tragedy and personal hardship
in his family life when his wife died. Edmund ended up radically
changing the direction of his life. He abandoned his quest for
wealth and set himself to helping the less well off in his local
community. He endeavoured to help them grab hold of the lowest
rungs of the ladder by which one can climb to economic independence
I told Les that had Edmund Rice
continued in business, we probably would not remember his name
today, or the name of his business. Yet today around the world
he has left a legacy that in many ways is larger than any business
that has been built by a single Irishman perhaps the founder
of Guinness Breweries aside. Look around the world at all the
schools, all the people engaged in Edmund Rice activities, in
the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers even
the most successful business people would look on this with envy.
Even just when measured on capital value Edmund Rice gave everything
he had away and ended up building something that he would never
have dreamed of building in business.
Although I continue to reflect
often on the life of Edmund Rice, I had forgotten that I had
related this story to my friend Les about six years ago when
he was trying to cope with his own depression.
A couple of weeks ago he
rang me out of the blue. He told me how his life had completely
turned around and he had some news he wanted to share with me.
I went around to his place for a coffee. What he told me at that
meeting literally brought tears to his eyes and he became so
choked up he could not speak. He ended up grabbing a pen and
paper and simply scribbled on it the words, I cant
speak anymore and through his tears he looked at me and
had led to all this emotion was his relating to me the impact
that my story of Edmund Rice had had on him all those years ago.
I must confess Ive never been sure if Les was a particularly
religious person. I had known that he had some association with
the Anglican Church. He told me of how his life had been transformed
by the example of Edmund Rice. He went out and began to assist
people through his Church by collecting left over bread from his
local bakery. He ended up collecting so much after a few weeks
that the social welfare organisation he was helping couldnt
cope with it all. Through this he was introduced to Foodbank
an initiative of the major charities including the St Vincent
de Paul Society, the Salvation Army and Anglican Social Services
in conjunction with the Western Australian business community.
Foodbank is a bank for food.
Major businesses engaged in food production donate their surplus
production which until the advent of Foodbank usually
ended up as landfill where it can be withdrawn by a wide
range of support agencies on behalf of their customers who are
the needy in our community. In the last 12 months this initiative
saved businesses in excess of $1m in dumping costs and provided
in excess of 500,000 adult evening meals to thousands of men,
women and children doing it tough in the Perth metropolitan area
and in the regional areas of Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Peel-Mandurah.
He told me of the enormous success
of this venture (which I might add was not actually started by
Les) to the point where it has now outgrown their premises in
Belmont. As chairman of the fundraising committee, he has now
embarked on an endeavour to raise $3.5m from businesses in Perth
to build a purpose built warehouse so that the whole endeavour
might grow to its full potential. Part of what he had wanted
to share with me was the success he had been experiencing as
he had been going around to industry leaders in Perth seeking
donations. He was saying thank you to me for sharing with him
the inspiration of how to do this he had gained from the story
I had told him years before about Edmund Rice.
That morning Les had to actually
cut our meeting short because he had a meeting with one of the
leading figures in Perths mining industry to seek a donation.
He rang me that evening to tell me that the person he had met
was most pleased to offer a donation of $100,000 towards the
National Indigenous Ministries Conference
FORTY-EIGHT DELEGATES attended the National Inidgenous Ministries Conference
at Trade Winds Convention Centre in Fremantle in early November. Marlene
Jackamarra (pictured at right) reports that the three-day conference was
an outstanding success and an opportunity for all the people engaged in
indigenous ministries under the auspices of the Christian Brothers to
share their experience. Pictured below are a few photographic highlights
from some of the more poignant social moments and on a
separate page we have included a fuller photographic collage. Marlene
reports that one of the significant objectives of the meeting was for
those working in indigenous ministries to explore the Edmunc Rice ethos.
Delegates came from all the provinces in Australia.
your great commandment was to love one another as I have
loved you. Edmund Rice took this to heart. His love was
true, practical and selfless. Help us to be unafraid to love
from Chapter Four Christ-like Love of God
is in the Ordinary by Teresa Pirola seems a particularly
appropriate reflection in the lead-up to Christmas. The theme
of this chapter is The love of Christ has been poued into
our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Whenever we open our hearts to
our enighbour, we are loving as Jesus loves us.
of Edmund Rice in his orchard at Westcourt, Callan,
Ireland, 17th January 1789, is from an exhibition on the national
Edmund Rice web site by Tasmanian painter, Br Hugh Sharpe of
on paper (28x40) cms. April 1996 Year of Beatification.
Photography. Jack Higgins, cfc] http://www.edmundrice.org/content/gallery_a.html.
News from all around
Holy Spirit Province...
developments at Wakefield Street, Adelaide...
CBC WAKEFIELD STREET is in the throes of some major changes. Recently
the old handball courts were reduced to rubble to make way for
a spectacular new Chapel and Conference Centre.
In recent years the once crammed property
has been more than doubled in size to become a two-campus college.
In 1991 a new playing field, swimming pool, car park and storage
area were added. The current building program will provide facilities
that make this landmark better able to serve the people of Adelaide
in the 21st Century.
old favourite at Moore River gets a makeover...
HOUSE AT MOORE RIVER is
a place with pleasant memories for many older members of the Edmund
Rice Family. Built at the mouth of the Moore River, this place
was originally a holiday house for the brothers.
Named after its original architect
and builder, Br Norbert Tuppin, it is still well used by the
Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon. Camps, retreats and staff
seminars are just some of the events for which it is such a useful
location. In recent times other bodies and schools have been
requesting to use Tuppin House for music camps, holidays and
schools camps. Each year the vibrant Tardun Old Boys Association
comprised of Old Boys, their wives and families have a couple
of working holidays at Tuppin House. Recently the Edmund Rice
Camp groups have discovered this Moore River haven.
No doubt the walls of Tuppin
House could tell many stories. While the easily recognisable
exterior walls are standing strong, in response to all the new
interest in this wonderful place, the interior walls are changing
and taking on a new look under the careful eye of builder and
old boy of Castledare/Clontarf, Mr John Hollywood.
Private cubicles for approximately
70 students are being developed, half for boys and half for girls.
New ablution blocks will be attached to each section.
Sufficient and appropriate staff
accommodation is also part of the plan, besides an extended dining
room/kitchen area with internal seating attached to an outdoor
Basement storage and some ground
developments will be useful additions. Future developments will
make the place an ideal hideaway for the many groups that want
to use it but it will still be Tuppin House at Moore River.
THE YEAR 2001
has certainly been one full of centenary celebrations for CBC
Fremantle. There was a display of memorabilia in a shopping centre,
a re-enactment of the first day of school 100 years ago, School
Centenary Mass, production of a very Freo 'Much Ado about Nothing',
civic reception, centenary ball, Dockers tribute to CBC, Centenary
music festival and most recently on Saturday 13th October, the
CBC Old Boys' Reunion.
During the course of the day
nearly a thousand people visited the school. Old Boys, their
wives and families mingled, shared stories true and/or
false but mostly embellished. More than thirty Brothers were
present and each was soon surrounded by those whom they had taught.
A highlight was the presence of Peter Casserly, 103 years of
age, walking around, conversing and even singing every verse
of hits from his day.
names Library/Music Centre in honour of Br Ray O'Donoghue
RAY O'DONOGHUE you will remember from the last Edmund
Rice news for his article describing his experiences in China.
This edition he is in the news for a special honour.
The new Library and Music Centre At St John's
College, Whyalla, has been named in his honour. The official opening
and blessing took place on Sunday 15th September, 2001. Unfortunately
Br Ray was in St John of God Hospital Subiaco at the time, recovering
after open heart surgery so was unable to be present for the occasion.
Br O'Donoghue was the first superior
and principal of St John's Whyalla when it opened.
The small beginnings which Ray
started have grown into a beautiful campus with nearly five hundred
students. At present Pat Guidera is the only Brother in the town
and on the staff. However, the school has strong connections
with the Christian Brothers and wants to continue that association.
Principal Charlie Allen regularly attends Province Education
Meetings in Adelaide and Richard Horgan, one of the long time
teachers there, has just returned excited after his Trasna experience
where he strengthened his links with the Presentation Sisters,
Patrician Brothers and Christian Brothers.
CLONTARF WAS ESTABLISHED ON 8TH SEPTEMBER 1901.
One hundred years later to the day a moving gathering was held
of representatives of the many groups that have had an association
with this campus over the last century.
The simple, meaningful celebration
in the chapel began by acknowledging the original owners of this
land on the Canning River. Richard Wilkes was the guest speaker
and appropriately he shared some of the Dreamtime stories of
this land as he talked about the future when two very different
cultures can live and work in harmony and build on, not just
the last 100 years, but on the centuries of the story before
Clontarf today is home to Clontarf
Aboriginal College, Ab Music, and Marr Mooditj and is re-establishing
itself as an important cultural and learning centre for indigenous
THE NINE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS who assembled for the ceremonies in
Kalgoorlie had mixed feelings as they, as a representative body,
were farewelled by the school, John Paul College, and by the
parishes of Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
Brothers were featured and farewelled by the school at the John
Paul College Annual Speech Night on Friday 2nd Nov in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Art Centre. Reg McManus, principal of JPC, made a special speech
at the conclusion of the prize giving and presented a symbolic
gift to Province Leader Tony Shanahan, who in response presented
the school with a gift from the CB's. Tony and John Ahern, the
last principal of CBC 1983 and the first principal of JPC l 984
both were called upon to present awards to class recipients. During
the final speeches all me Brothers, except Ben Doyle, who was
tired after his long train trip from Perth, were invited and escorted
by Yr 12 students to be seated on stage.
Saturday was a gentle day characterised
by celebratory meals. At midday all nine Brothers, Reg McManus
and his wife Mary, with a few admin and executive staff shared
a sumptuous BBQ. That evening six Brothers hosted the last remaining
religious in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Sr Anne Kavanagh, to a meal
on the upstairs balcony of the distinguished Kalgoorlie Hotel
opposite the land mark Town Hall with Paddy Hannan's famous statue
gracing the footpath.
Fr Tony Vallis parish priest accompanied
by his assistants Fr Charles and Fr Vinh Dong celebrated the 10.00am
farewell Mass in St Mary's Church. Incidentally it was the same
day that the parish was commencing the centenary of two Goldfields'
churches, St Mary's Kalgoorlie and St Mary's Coolgardie. The Brothers
were honoured by being asked to join the entrance procession,
do the readings, read the Prayers of the Faithful and take up
the gifts at the Offertory. Hymns were appropriately chosen for
the occasion and Fr Tony's homily highlighted the work done and
the seed sown by Religious Priests, Brothers and Nuns in the region.
After Mass the congregation joined
with the priests for a morning tea in the Parish Centre to officially
farewell the Brothers. Dick Scallan, chairperson of the Parish
Council, spoke glowingly of his association with the CB's in
South Africa and Australia. On behalf of the parish he presented
a beautiful gift to the Brothers. Tony Shanahan then responded
and presented a gift to the parish. Before leaving Kalgoorlie-Boulder
the Brothers were taken out to lunch by the three priests.
Br Pat Grant, who is still recuperating
from his recent hip operation, is still occupying the Brothers
house. Few, not even the school, are looking forward to the day
Pat, the last Brother in the Goldfields, finally leaves, but
that typifies the Goldfields, "Where you are always saying
||Tell the rest of the Edmund Rice Community whats
happening in your sector. Send your stories to Pat
If you have photos, logos or graphics all the better.
always will remain a Brother at heart --- the story of Brian
Brian Cassidy is a former Christian
Brother who has been struggling with ill-health for many years.
Today he lives in the Parish of Spearwood within a stones
throw of the Church. Some of his former colleagues in the brothers
suggested his story helps give another perspective to the whole
Edmund Rice ethos. We asked Brian to tell his story and here
I was born in November 1932,
the youngest of three boys. After my mother died of pneumonia
when I was eleven months old, my two brothers and I went to live
with my fathers mother.
Tragedy struck when I was five.
While my brothers and I were playing under the tree in the backyard
we heard agonising screams from the house. My grandmother, as
was the custom of the time, was killing the bed bugs attached
to the iron bed steads. This was done with a blowtorch, using
kerosene. The torch had exploded and my grandmother was burnt
The three of us soon found ourselves
in Castledare Boys Home. I, the youngest boy ever enrolled
at Castledare, was accepted because of the circumstances. I lived
away from the dormitories, with Matron Broome in her cottage
with a couple of other small boys. They were happy enough years.
Eventually there was the inevitable
separation as my two brothers moved to Clontarf and then even
further away to Tardun. While they were at Clontarf they used
to walk through the bush, either after school or on weekends,
to visit me. These visits meant the separation wasn't that drastic.
During the war I was a Clontarf
boy myself. It was providential when the Air Force took over
the Clontarf establishment as I was moved up to Tardun and reunited
with my brothers again. Br Tom (Bernadine Thomas)
organised for regular meetings between my brothers and myself.
I had great admiration for the
Brothers and was accepted as a novice in 1950. I was now able
to become a fully-fledged member of the community that had been
my very life until now. My religious name was now Salvian, after
Salvius Marques of Clontarf.
At Strathfield in NSW I was working
long hours and with a flu epidemic going around I became unwell.
In fact I was so unwell that the doctor doubted the veracity
of his stethoscope and got a second one to verify the result
he found hard to believe. This work ethic landed me in hospital
with stomach ulcers.
In the late seventies I felt I couldnt go on and left the
Brothers. It has been a difficult journey since then owing to
ill-health, but I think I always will remain a Brother at heart.
My memories remain of great men
like Bernadine Thomas and Salvius Marques, giving their all to
us youngsters of Patrick Harty, Con Campbell and many
others who have been a vital part of my life. I think often of
them and bless them for that they did for me over the years.
I know that we shall all meet one day as a family in heaven.
Trinity: India video
Br Rob Callan reports that the video
documentary produced last year of Trinity students on their pilgrimage
to India has generated an extraordinary enthusiasm in the student
population at the College. He says "somehow the documentary
speaks in language that that boys understand. It may be that
they are hearing something they understand because the voices
in the film were young men and women like themselves. We have
been flooded with applications by students who want to make the
pilgrimage next year."
from the Edmund Rice Centre, Mirrabooka...
Br Steve Bowman reports
the past six months have been busier than usual at the Edmund
Rice Centre in Mirrabooka with a large number of recently arrived
Refugee families accessing the services provided by the Brothers
and Edmund Rice Family volunteers at the Centre. The following
is a summary of news and a number of opportunities where you
might like to assist Refugee Families, particularly in the lead-up
Adult Classes for Refugees...
OUR CURRENT ENROLMENT IS IN
THE ORDER OF 140 attending
one or more of the 32 classes being offered. The majority of
clients are learning English but Computer Studies and the Art
and Craft classes are also popular. Mrs Julie MacRae and the
ladies in the Patchwork Quilting class have been producing some
magnificent quilts true works of art!
We are very fortunate to have
the services of a very dedicated and hardworking team of volunteer
teachers who turn up every week to teach their class group. The
teachers are very adaptable as new enrolments each week are a
part of everyday life at the Centre.
Refugee Leisure Program...
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH
are offered every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. The
program is organised by Melanie Van Hek (Social Worker), Steven
Feehan (Indigenous Worker), Br. Jim van der Zalm and supported
by a very committed team of volunteers, many of whom are also
involved with Edmund Rice Camps. Some eighty-four young people
are currently enrolled in the program with an average of twenty
one attending each of the sessions. Our program is published
and circulated at the beginning of each month and is available
from the Centre.
A very special need
support for unaccompanied minors CAN
IN PERTH TODAY
there are some forty-five Refugee youth between the ages of 13 and
17 who have been released from one of the detention centres and
in most cases do not have the support of any family. Most of these
young people have fled from Afghanistan.
They really love their soccer, so
with the support of the WA Amateur & Social Soccer Association
we are endeavouring to provide training sessions for these young
people beginning in the next few weeks. One of the challenges is
to equip them for the game. We have managed to get access to good
quality soccer boots at a heavily reduced price of $20/pair. We
have also applied for funds from various grant organizations to
purchase other soccer equipment and uniforms. However if some of our readers
would like to give one of these young men an early Christmas present
(i.e a pair of soccer boots) you could forward your cheque made
out to "The Edmund Rice Centre" PO Box 613 MIRRABOOKA,
PS: As a matter of interest the
Edmund Rice Family group known as ERFLINK is organising an outing
to Pt Walter for these young people on Sunday 16th December.
Material support wanted
to Refugee Families
THIS ONGOING AND VERY PRACTICAL
SUPPORT for newly arrived
Refugee Families continues to gain momentum. So far this year
approximately eighty-two families have been assisted with the
setting up of their households through the provision of donated
household goods. This work is done in conjunction with the St.
Vincent de Paul, Migrant and Refugee Committee coordinated by
Br. Geoff Seaman.
Mrs Betty O'Neill and Mrs Ilma
Newman do a magnificent job at the Centre sorting, cleaning and
packing donated goods for distribution to families. We have quite
a large network of people in the community who make regular donations
of crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, linen, blankets and furniture.
If you would like to support this work you could ring the
Centre on 9440 0625 and we will arrange for these items to be
Edmund Rice Volunteer
Community Project for Perth...
PROVINCE LEADERSHIP TEAM IS SPONSORING A NEW INITIATIVE of an Edmund Rice Volunteer Community in Perth.
The main purpose of this project is to provide a new opportunity
for those associated with the Edmund Rice Family to deepen their
involvement in the mission and spirituality of Blessed Edmund
Some of the key aims of this community
- To provide an opportunity for young adults
(between 20 & 40 years of age) to experience working with
the poor supported by a community shaped by Gospel values.
- To grow in awareness and appreciation
of Edmund Rice spirituality within the framework of one's own
- To give opportunities for reflection and
Community members would be required to:
- Live in community with 4 or 5 others (comprising
Christian Bros, male & female lay members)
- Be with people who are marginalised through
some part-time service.
- Commit themselves to the program from
February to December.
- Be in good health.
- Be free from full-time study and work
An information and informal discussion
meeting regarding this project will be held at Holy Spirit Province
Centre, 53 Redmond Street Manning, on Tuesday, 18th December,
commencing at 7.30pm.
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happening in your sector. Send your stories to Pat
If you have photos, logos or graphics all the better.
you need to know about the Bicentennial Celebrations...
The preparations for the Bicentennial
of Edmund Rice Schools in 2002 are now well underway at the international,
national and local levels. Br Pat Kelly is now coodinating the
plans for Holy Spirit Provice. Daryl Barclay is the co-ordinator
of the International Bicentenary Committee and Michael Dredge
from St Mary's Province heads the National Committee.
Perhaps the BICENTENNIAL PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND IRELAND will be the most symbolic event that
emphasises the international character of the work started by
Blessed Edmund. The pilgrimage will leave Sydney in time to take
in the Easter celebrations in Rome and arrive in Ireland in time
to link up with a national pilgrimage in Ireland and the principal
celebrations for the year being held by the Christian Brothers
and the Presentation Brothers. Pilgrims have a choice of a 21-day
pilgrimage which includes the Rome segment or joining the pilgrimage
for the final 15-days in Ireland. For prices, details and to
express your interest in participating contact Br Pat Kelly in
Perth or Marguerite Ryan in Melbourne on 03 8359 0114 (email:
In the Holy Spirit Province
CELEBRATION in WA will be
held on Sunday 13th October and in SA on the following Sunday,
A YOUTH LEADERS' CONFERENCE for head students from Edmund Rice schools
will be held at the end of January just before the commencement
of the school year. At the Youth Leaders Conference the delegates
will be presented with the Bicentennial banners to take back
to their schools for their local celebrations. In SA a gathering
of all staff in Edmund Rice Schools will be held on Friday 25th
January and in WA a similar gathering will be held on Friday,
10th May shortly after Edmund Rice's birthday on 5th May.
CAMP LEADERS from Ireland,
South Africa and New Zealand will be attending Edmund Rice Camps
in the Australian provinces in January before themselves assembling
at Moore River for their own conference from Jan 29th to Feb
As part of your own preparations
be sure to keep an eye on the various web sites not only for
news but to pick up ideas and resources. The email/web edition
of this newsletter contains a report from Ireland especially
prepared for us by Donal O'Callaghan from the Bicentennial Office
in Ireland has prepared a special report for this newsletter
below. He includes details of a number of resources that might
be of interest to schools and groups in Australia.
For further information
visit the following websites:
International website: www.edmundrice2002.com
National Committee website: www.edmundrice.org
Province website: www.iinet.net.au/~cbprov
From the Edmund Rice Office, Dublin, Ireland...
A Special Focus on
Schools in 2002
A special emphasis of the 2002
bicentennial celebrations in Ireland will be to mark the significant
contribution that the Christian Brothers, the Presentation Brothers
and their lay teaching colleagues have made in the field of education
over two hundred years since Edmund Rice founded his first school
in a converted stable in New Street, Waterford in 1802.
In particular a number of resources
are being made available to schools, including innovative teaching
materials such as a schools' version of the 'God is in
the Ordinary' programme to be launched in December, a
re-print of Frank Keane's excellent booklet on the life of Edmund
Rice and a video presentation based upon the Edmund Rice icon
to be completed during the course of the year.
A number of the 2002 events are
specifically geared towards schools. The National Edmund Rice
Awards ceremony will take place on May 2 at the Tallaght
Arena. This will be the first time that all the participating
schools will come together in one event to celebrate their achievements
on a national basis. In addition to the presentation of awards,
a major exhibition of school projects will be mounted.
Schools will be invited to send
a delegation of students and accompanying staff to a Youth Forum
to be held in Dublin Castle on 17 October. A number of high-profile
speakers/contributors are being lined up for this event.
A Bicentenary Golf Classic
for teachers and other school representatives will be held on
a regional basis on three dates in May and June on three very
prestigious golf courses and full details on the venues will
be released very soon.
It is hoped that schools will
be well represented by staff participation in 'Share the Vision',
a three-day international celebration to be held at the RDS over
the weekend 5 7 April. A first announcement flyer providing
outline details has been distributed already and prospective
participants will soon have an opportunity to book their places
for the Friday evening Reception and Multicultural Event in the
Concert Hall and the Saturday programme which has been named
the 'Vision Forum' and will have workshops in areas such as Education,
Youth Ministry and the Edmund Rice Family. Finally there will
be an opportunity on the Sunday to attend the Bicentennial Eucharistic
Schools are currently considering
their own response to the Bicentenary and are looking at organising
their own special events or mounting specific projects to mark
the occasion, perhaps as part of a wider community celebration.
This would be particularly apt where the Brothers have been an
integral part of the local scene for many years. To this end
schools are being supported, through a series of regional meetings
and are being offered practical assistance, in the planning of
activities to celebrate the Bicentenary.
A number of key resources
are available to schools,
including innovative teaching materials such as a teacher's handbook
to accompany Teresa Pirola's 'God is in the Ordinary' text which
will be launched in December, a re-print of Frank Keane's excellent
booklet on the life of Edmund Rice and a video/CD Rom presentation
based upon the Edmund Rice icon which will be available during
the course of the year.
All teachers in Edmund Rice schools
in Ireland have received complimentary Edmund Rice academic yearbooks,
and in early December, commemorative calendars for staff, students
and their families will be distributed.
Schools have also received information
leaflets and specially designed commemorative posters, together
with samples of various items of memorabilia such as banners
for display in schools, the Bicentenary prayercard/bookmark and
pens bearing the 2002 logo. Schools
in Australia or any other country may wish to avail of these
items which can be ordered from the Edmund Rice Office, St. Patrick's
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Telephone: 01- 8330566 Fax. 01-8330569
Rice Camp Volunteers kick up their heals!
The Social or Fundraising Committees in WA
and SA have to be admired for the hours, effort and ingenuity which they
put into the planning for the annual ERC Ball in each state. All the money
raised goes towards funding for the holiday camp programmes. Those who
attend and support the occasion know that they are helping a wonderful
cause and along the way they have a great time.
ERC SA had a most successful
ball this year on Sunday 2nd September when they had 178 present
to enjoy the night at the Stonysell Winery. The volunteers were
overjoyed in raising $4,000 and have their eye on emulating the
ERC in NSW where they somehow raised $15,000!!!
If hard work and effort were in proportion to the end result
then WA ERC should have made a fortune. Unfortunately Friday
2nd Nov didn't prove a good night as the timing clashed with
tertiary exams. However, the hundred or so who attended were
enthusiastic in their praise of a good night.
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Olly's wheelchair factory
The continued success of Br Olly Pickett's wheelchair
initiative in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Scarborough has
meant a move to a larger factory at Unit
2, 45 Dellamarta Road, Wangara. The difficult international situation
has however caused the postponement of plans to establish a factory
at Mithra in Chennai, India. The initiative has expanded though
with St Paul's school at Gilles Plains in SA taking up the WA model
and will be producing chairs for Cambodia in conjunction with the
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