Edition 7 : October 2002
all and welcome to this spring edition
of Edmund Rice News for the Bicentennial Year.
Quick Guide to this issue:
Special Report: Why the Christian
Brothers are involved in HIV/AIDS Pastoral Care Ministry
Introducing the new
Province Leadership Team
On 1st October the
new Province Leadership Team formally took over responsibility for
Holy Spirit Province. They are pictured above at one of their many
planning sessions prior to the takeover.
Br Kevin Ryan (centre
in the above photo) takes over from Br Tony Shanahan as Province
Leader. Brs Path Kelly (far left in photo) and Peter Negus (front)
help Kevin maintain some continuity as they have all served on the
previous Leadership Team and have a good understanding of the issues
facing the Congregation and the Edmund Rice Family. Joining them
are Dean McGlaughlin (second from left) and Rod Ellyard (far right).
Moving on to explore
new territory after their stint on the leadership team are Br Tony
and Br John Marks.
Province Resource Team is introducing an exciting new program
for staff members of Christian Brothers Schools and those
with some years of experience in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
will be a 5-day residential program in peaceful surroundings
for about 15 people.
Monday, 29 September to Friday, 3 October 2003
to participants from WA and SA
time to review, refocus and seek balance in life
you would like to know more contact the PRT members:
Br Gerry Faulkner
Br Terry Casey
(08) 9365 2815.
7: Oct 2002
A time of restructuring...
In this interview with
Brian Coyne, Province Leader, Br Kevin Ryan, reflects on the challenges
he sees the Christian Brothers and the Edmund Rice Family facing
as he begins his six-year term as Province Leader.
BRIAN COYNE: Br
Kevin, six years will take us nearly to the end of the first decade
of the 21st Century ... where do you see the Edmund Rice vision
and community will be by then? What are the chief challenges you
see coming into this time?
Kevin Ryan cfc
I'd better qualify everything I'm going to say by saying our team
is just getting together. So what I am saying here are the opinions
of Kevin Ryan rather than the whole team.
What is coming
out of the Congregational Chapter, our Province Chapter and the
conversations over the last six years seems to be a call for a
substantial restructuring of the Congregation over the next six
years. That will be both in the developing areas of the Congregation,
especially in Africa, but also across to the first world areas
where all of us in religious orders have been struggling with
the meaning of religious life. I think the second area that would
run hand-in-hand with that is that the Congregational Chapter
has really focused back on what being "brother" is.
This is opening up the agenda. The current Brothers need to be
re-exploring that and we need to be deepening our spirituality
and prayer life. We also need to be sharing our spirituality and
prayer life with others outside of our community. I think we need
to be vigorously promoting the idea of Christian "brotherhood"
and "being brother" to others into the future. I think
we are on a journey of re-foundation in the first world. Now,
exactly what that means, and how we need to go about it, is yet
to be explored.
In many ways I
think we as Brothers are in a similar position to where our predecessors
were in 1868 when the Brothers first came to Australia. The Irish
Brothers at that time had to work out what Christian "brotherhood"
meant in Australia and how they needed to express it. I think
we are having to do that again. We are exploring what Christian
"brotherhood" means in the new circumstances we find
ourselves in at the beginning of this new century.
BC: I notice
in Br Tony Shanahan's report of the recent Chapter that one of
the most moving parts of the experience appears to have been some
frank sharing of the meaning of living in community? Was that
surprising to you?
KR: No, I think
that's something that's been happening for sometime. That was
the sort of thing that was happening at the Congregational Chapter
too and we had more opportunity there as that was spread over
4 weeks and our local Chapter was compressed into one week. I
think what happened locally and internationally is a result of
the more honest self-assessment and sharing of our prayer, spirituality
and hopes that's been going on over the last six years. It
came to fruition in the Chapter.
BC: How do you
see the prayerlife of the Edmund Rice Family as having changed
since you joined the Brothers? Do you also pick up a different
sense of what we are seeking when we pray in the past it tended
to be a bit like "praying for miracles to pass this exam
or win the footy match or the head of the river" today we
pray so that we can "tune in" to what God wants us to
be doing in our lives, what we ought to be doing as a community?
How do you see it has there been a change in the spirituality?
KR: There has been
a significant change in the spirituality of the Christian Brothers
in general terms. It needs to be said that not every community
and every Brother has changed or, what I mean, is not every person
expresses it in the same way or, better still, every person expresses
it in their own way. I think it's clear that since 1984 our Constitutions
have called us to integrate our active life with our prayer life.
So there has been an apostolic spirituality evolving and developing
that is leading to a better integration of our spiritual life
and our working life.
So, yes, I think
there has been a significant change and I think that has led us
to a better sharing of our faith life. Of course, there are things
we still need to treat as personal and private but in general
terms we have been better able to share with one another in our
prayerlife the good things and the difficult things the challenging
things the things we need to learn about or learn from that
have been occurring in our working life. There has been much more
openness about it both at the human and faith dimension. So, yes,
I think there has been a significant change. And I think we've
been changing not only within the Brothers but across the broader
Edmund Rice Family. It's been a bit of a two-way process two-way
learning if you like. We've learned from our Edmund Rice Family
confreres and we've also led them to reflect on their spirituality
in a different way.
BC: Do you think
there is likely to be any further major movement in the shift
out of schools or are you going into a period of consolidation?
KR: I think there
is a significant amount of work to be undertaken with a whole
range of people to develop a new trustee body or bodies to govern
what are known as Christian Brothers Schools but are fast becoming
known as Edmund Rice Schools. There will be continuing very significant
work in that. Now, I think if Brothers want to stay in schools,
directly or indirectly, that would be very strongly affirmed.
I think how we think about and stay in education ministry now
is somewhat different from how we spoke about it twenty years
ago. I think we've refocused on what are the needs of today and
how can the Edmund Rice story speak to the needs of today. So
I think it'll be a both/and. We'll be encouraging Brothers who
want to stay in education to stay there, and those who have interest
and talents elsewhere will be encouraged to apply themselves where
their talents are best suited.
What I see as unchanging
is the core mission of those working in the Edmund Rice charism
which is to be working for the betterment of all people, but particularly
those on the margins, especially through education. While the
great challenge that the Brothers originally faced in Australia
of helping all Catholics who were marginalised compared to
other sectors -- has largely been achieved, there are now others,
refugees and migrants, indigenous people, kids in deprived situations
who have great needs. As the Australian Catholic population has
matured, so have the brothers in a sense. Originally most of our
work in this country was in primary education. In the last third
of the twentieth century it was increasingly focused on secondary
education. Today we are moving increasingly into fields of tertiary,
post-compulsory and adult education as government funding has
become available to allow lay people to move into the areas which
our predecessors in both the male and female religious orders
passion for caring for the earth...
Br Peter Faulkner's work with Catholic Earthcare
AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE of the new fields that the Christian Brothers
are moving into can be found in the person of Peter Faulkner. Peter
has been a Christian Brother for almost as long as he can remember.
For something like 35 years he taught science (Chemistry and Geology)
in the Brothers' schools in Western Australia, South Australia and
Back at the
end of the 1980s he was among the first group of Catholics with
an awakening conscience that the Church ought to be involved in
the environmental and sustainability debate. In fact he was so passionate
about the matter that, with a small group of others, he was responsible
for the Adelaide Archdiocese doing something about it in a formal
way. In 1989, the Archbishop of Adelaide established the first Catholic
Earthcare Commission. Peter was a founding member of that Commission.
In the years
since he has worked tirelessly in the cause of raising awareness
within the Catholic community, both locally and nationally, of the
responsibility we all have as a human community to these responsibilities
we need to have for the elements of God's creation outside our self-centred
A few month's ago
this awareness raising paid-off when four Catholic Bishops climbed
Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially launch Catholic Earthcare Australia
a national initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops. The
21 members of CEA are drawn from every State and Territory. In the
past few weeks the Bishops released their 2002 Social Justice Sunday
Statement, "A new earth the environmental challenge",
and over a quarter of a million copies of this were circulated as
a supplement in the Spring issue of Australian Catholics.
Br Peter Faulkner cfc
the Church needs to be a bit humble in regards to its work in this
area. He told ERFN "as someone quite truly said, 'The Church
arrived on the environmental scene half an hour late and out of
breath'. That's a wonderful way of putting it. We have to be beholden
to those secular and humanist groups individuals and groups
like David Suzuki, Rachel Carson and Greenpeace. We have to be very
much in praise of them and very contrite that we didn't kick off
first. We should have. We had all those wonderful traditions way,
way back St Francis himself, Patron of the Environment. Before
him the Benedictines, and of course earlier still the Scriptures
Genesis, Job (Chapter 38!). So the contriteness is important."
He does feel
though that we are beginning to make up some of the lost ground,
particularly now with the full backing of the Bishops and the Pope
himself has become an articulate spokesman on our earthcare responsibilities.
He sees the interest of Catholic and Christian groups in the drive
to develop an Earth Charter at the international level following
the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 as an excellent development. This final
wording of the Earth Charter was agreed in March 2000. It is similar
to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights which was made
in 1948. Peter thinks the Earth Charter is an even better document
because, he wrote recently, "[it] aims not just to preserve
the Planet Earth's eco-systems but to commit to justice, democracy
and fairness and peace."
says his own interest in the subject was aroused gradually. "I've
always been interested in science geology and chemistry
and I think scientists can see more clearly than anyone else the
limits of our planet. They can see that we are using resources at
a vastly greater rate than they can be replenished. So I've just
had a passion for educating people and showing people that our present
high standard of living in the Western world is not sustainable
at the rate we are going."
In 1992 after
returning from his last teaching stint in Broome he studied Environmental
Geology at Adelaide Uni and Creation Spirituality at Flinders Uni
at around the same time. He urges all of us to integrate as much
concern for our environment into our spirituality and prayerlife
as we do for our concerns for ourselves and our personal future.
He says, "we seem to have forgotten that line in the Noah story
in Genesis where God set the rainbow as the sign of his convenant
'with you [Noah], and with your descendants after you; ALSO WITH
EVERY LIVING CREATURE TO BE FOUND WITH YOU: BIRDS, CATTLE, AND EVERY
WILD BEAST WITH YOU
EVERYTHING THAT LIVES ON THE EARTH.'
[Gen 9: 9-10 Emphasis added.] We seem to have left that bit
out for hundreds of years!"
most satisfying 'prac work' Peter has done since leaving his laboratory
was in going to Oak Valley, west of Maralinga, and testing plant
and equipment at the Aboriginal settlement with a Geiger Counter
and Scintillometer. Their water tankers and storesheds had come
from the original Maralinga Village and the people were concerned
about radiation levels.
If you would
like to find out more about the work of Catholic Earthcare and other
initiatives, Br Peter has recommended the following websites. In
addition he edits a quarterly magazine which is distributed to every
school and parish in SA called Planet 3.
The Franciscans are providing grants to Catholic parishes and schools
and indigenous Catholic communities considering undertaking a local,
community-based, sustainable environment project. For more information
see the Franciscan website above. The St Francis Earthcare Grants
range between $500 and $3,000.
Peter Faulkner's thoughts
on the Earth Charter
Earth Charter was launched on 29 June 2000 at the Peace Palace in
The Hague, its mission was stated this:"To
establish a sound ethical foundation ... and to help build a sustainable
world based on:
- A Culture
of the Earth Charter can act as a reference document against which
company policies and practices can be reviewed. For example the
international planning/design firm of Hassell has set up an Ecologically
Sustainable Development Group in each of its offices along Earth
Charter Lines. It is hoped other major companies will follow their
example.The Council of Griffith University (Brisbane) has embraced
the Earth Charter principles.Many local Councils have made tentative
forays into Earth Charter workings.Judi Moylan, Federal MP for WA,
has utilised the Earth Charter as the best available set of criteria
for developing "norms" for ethical investment. This is
a great first! Education? The sky is the limit and the creativity
of young people is boundless.
Member, SA Committee for Earth Charter.
left}: Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane, Bishop William Morris
of Toowoomba and Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome, with executive
secretary of the Bishops Committee for Justice Development,
Ecology and Peace, Dr Michael Costigan (in the background) at the
top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Bathersby described the formation of Catholic Earthcare Australia
a national body that will advise the Bishops Committee
for Justice, Development, Ecology and Peace on environmental issues
as one of the "truly significant events in the life
of the Catholic Church in more recent times".
It seems entirely
appropriate, he said, that here in Australia in response to the
Popes request, "we should be launching Catholic Earthcare
Australia as an attempt to enlist Catholics in this further aspect
of evangelisation and to educate people about the depth of vision
demanded of those who would follow in Christs footsteps".
In his homily,
Archbishop Bathersby, who is chairman of the new body, made reference
to the "incarnational" link between God and creation,
which was recognised by St Francis. "This [link] makes Catholic
Earthcare Australia absolutely necessary for Catholics, and indeed
all Christians, if we are to promote faith in God, as well as enhance
the quality of life in our world for all people especially for
the poor and little ones of the world who so often are powerless
in trying to prevent the life-destroying forces that, often unthinkingly,
sometimes deliberately, devastate our planet for the benefit of
a few, and for the long-term suffering of generations yet to come,"
the archbishop said.
diminishment of life in this universe in any way, in some way diminishes
our capacity for knowing God because faith and life are deeply linked."
Leader Report and photo
Rice Camp leaders meet at Camp Kelly, Dwellingup
for the Future"...
The formation of the
young people who lead the Edmund Rice Camps for Kids is being undertaken
across the nation. Development Officer for Edmund Rice Camps (WA), Richard
Mavros, has provided us with this update on the program run at Camp Kelly,
JESUS IS A MAGNIFICENT
VISION of how the world could be and how we could live. At the core of
His message was the news that it is up to each of us to bring this about.
This means that it is up to each and every one of us to grow into the
kind of people that will help bring about a better world.
Unfortunately for most
young people there is very little in their lives that prompts or challenges
them to grow, to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. People
need experiences that challenge them to alter the way they think about
themselves, their family, friends, community, environment, their God and
their Spirituality. Ultimately such experiences prompt us to consider
making small changes to the way we live. So, the big question
Row: Br Tony
Shanahan, Adrian Trott, Susan McGuane, Clare Vander Zanden, Br Gerry
Middle Row: Peter Nicholson, Peter
Hoole, Catherine Wheeler, Eleri Johnson, Kylie Hellwig, Br Kevin
Ryan, Kathleen Separovich.
Front Row: Ash Little, Renae Kinsman,
Kate ODonovan, Br Terry Casey, Tanya Scorda.
Behind the Camera: Richard Mavros,
Br Pat Kelly.
is going to prompt/assist people to embark on this journey?"
It is the search for an
answer to this question that is driving a consultation process around
Australia. You won't hear or read that question anywhere, it has been
re-phrased into professional speak :
are the Formation needs of young adults today?"
This question has been
asked all around the country over the last few months. Peter Nicholson
has assisted the staff of the six Edmund Rice Camps around Australia to
run a consultation with groups of young adults. ERC in Perth held their
consultation over a weekend in August. A dozen volunteers and several
Brothers spent the weekend at Camp Kelly in Dwellingup discussing these
important questions and contributing their ideas into this process.
ERC Staff and volunteers
are excited by the genuine readiness to commit time, energy and money
to ensuring that young people within the Edmund Rice Network have access
to appropriate 'formation' opportunities. Within the Edmund Rice Network
is a belief that the 'search for Self and God' is wrapped up in issues
of social justice and work with the marginalised in our society.
It is hoped that over the
next few years countless young adults will be able to access appropriate
opportunities that prompt them to not only develop their views, but to
actually consider making small changes to they way they live their lives.
This consultation represents the important first steps in a process aimed
at achieving these radical goals.
unexpected farewell to Aquinas stalwart Ray Brown
conqueror dies while jogging
time teacher at Aquinas College, Ray Brown, unexpectedly died a
few week's ago while jogging with friends in Kings Park. Ray had
brought great distinction to himself and his community through his
adventuring nature and particularly his climb of Mount Everest.
This is how Grahame Armstrong reported Ray's story in the Sunday
Times two days after his death...
BROWN, the only West Australian to have climbed the world's tallest
mountain, has died suddenly at 51. Mr Brown collapsed and died
while jogging with friends in Kings Park on Friday.
and teachers at Aquinas Collegewhere Mr Brown was a housemaster
and taught continuously for 24 years were in shock yesterday.
Friends and family came together at Aquinas, reflecting on Mr Brown's
short but packed life.
a very competitive man who took up marathon running and mountaineering
in his 40s, for no other reason than the challenge. He ran marathons
in Nepal and Antarctica, a half marathon in Japan and climbed some
of the world's highest mountains in Nepal, Pakistan and South America.
His wife Liz mused yesterday on the irony of his sudden passing.
the times he went away (on mountaineering expeditions) I just always
knew he would come back," she said. "You don't expect
it when he's just going for a run with his mates. I still think
he's going to walk in the door."
before his fateful jog through Kings Park Mr Brown celebrated his
SPOT: Ray Brown
on top of the world
had baked him a Kahlua birthday cake and put one candle on top.
was boasting how he was one again . . . that his life was just beginning,"
Mr Brown was born in Hastings, New Zealand, on September 5, 1951.
He trained as a teacher in Auckland and moved in 1978 to Perth,
where he took a position at Aquinas.
and colleague of 20 years described him as "inspirational".
"He was a perfectionist with everything he did," the friend
said. "Those who knew him were not surprised when he made it
to the top of Everest. He was so determined and tenacious."
had returned recently from an expedition to climb K2, in Pakistan.
It is the world's second highest mountain and is often said to be
technically more difficult to climb than Everest. The attempt was
thwarted by bad weather.
Ray Brown pounds the pavements during a training session in Perth.
family friend reflected on a life cut short: "He took up running
at an age when most people are thinking about long lunches,"
the friend said.
went for a run every Friday . . . it's hard to believe when you
consider 30 per cent of those who get to the top of Everest don't
come down again."
is survived by his wife and two sons, Ross, 21 and Scott, 19.
thanks to the Sunday Times for permission to reprint this story.
News from all around Holy Spirit
Across with Trasna
WA participants photographed at their meeting
with previous Trasnerites.
L-R: Mark Sawle, David Fong, Donella Brown, Chris Cole,
Cathy Tesoriero, Ray Kosovich, Don McNamee, Joe Audino,
Dennis Kelly. Front: Mark Walawski
SIX PEOPLE FROM
THE PROVINCE have been immersed
in the Trasna 2002 personal renewal program sponsored by the Christian
Brothers, the Presentation Sisters and the Presentation Brothers.
It is held over four weeks in August each year in Ireland.
Trasna is a Gaelic word that means
"movement across". At the heart of the Trasna program,
the individuals are invited to "move across" spiritually
and undertake a radical transformation in how they think and act.
The course takes participants through a contemporary understanding
of the charisms of Edmund Rice and Nano Nagle. They are invited
to reflect on their own personal life story and contribute to the
development of the new community story that is growing out of the
founders' stories, the individual stories of the participants and
those they come in contact with through their ministries.
Attending this year were Adela
Lock and Gerry McCarthy from Rostrevor College and Joe Audino (Aquinas)
Don McNamee (CBC Fremantle), Mark Walawski (Edmund Rice Camps WA)
and Dennis Kelly (Principal, Orana Catholic Primary School). All
attended under the Edmund Rice Scholarship programme except Gerry
and Dennis who combined their own funds with professional development
funds from the respective State Catholic Education Offices.
To order your copy of "Beyond
Dreams in Stone"
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO
ORDER COPIES of Br Kevin Paull's book, "Beyond Dreams in Stone"
you can do so by downloading the order form on the Holy Spirit Province
You'd better get in quick though if you still want a hard cover copy
($55.00) as they're almost gone. There are still pleny of soft-cover
copies though at $33.00. Postage is $5.50 extra for WA and $8.80 extra
for other States. (All prices include GST.) Alternatively send your
cheque and mailing details to Noelene Trenorden at Westcourt: PO Box
1129, BENTLEY DC WA 6983.
Hunt at Clontarf an enormous success...
A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT ... well a bit of hubris doesn't
go astray it was actually a bright sunny morning when a group
of hardened treasure huntersgathered at the haunted grounds of Clontarf
to solve the über-creepy mystery of Billy Gunn's buried treasure.
Also on board were the weather-beaten Tardun Old Boys. They "spiced-up"
the adventure with their tales of murder, skull-duggery and peg-legged
presenting the group with the 200-year-old map of "Clontarf
Isle", it was on we set the booty-hungry kids loose
on a quest for clues, each one more cryptic than the last. Yet soon
the hunt was to take a turn for the worst. The group came across
a grisly discovery the bones of Billy Gunn himself! After
enlisting the aid of Detective Colombo to check the crime scene
for further clues, the final resting place of the treasure was revealed.
It was under the stump of a once mighty tree. And then all the morning's
hard work paid off: a small, dirt-encrusted chest was lifted from
the ground. It contained a wealth of ancient doubloons and regal
jewels. Then we chowed down on a hearty feast and had motorbike
to the Kids Club Action Group from the Eddie Rice Camps for Kids
and to the Tardun Old Boys who made the whole thing possible.
Retreat Program works well at Trinity...
THE END OF TERM TWO HOLIDAYS
twenty Year 12 Trinity students participated in a very successful
Kairos retreat -- the first for the College.
a number of years, Director of Campus Ministry, Br Rob Callen has
dreamed of establishing the Kairos retreat program in an Australian
school after experiencing it in America.
for Br Rob and the retreatants, the College administration decided
to help turn his dream into a reality by inviting two experienced
staff members from Bellarmine College Prep -- a Jesuit High School
in San Jose, California -- to travel to Perth to introduce the program
at Trinity. They were accompanied by four ex-student leaders and
two Bellarmine students who wanted to participate in the retreat.
result was overwhelming," said Br Rob. "I felt great personal
pride in the way the Trinity boys participated. I really felt that
my role as a Christian Brother had a real significance."
Rob related that one of the students had told the group that the
retreat was the most profound experience of his life. Many students
reported that it was best thing they had done. The retreat was a
very intense and challenging time for the students. Over four days
they explored four themes: Who am I? Who is Christ? Who is Christ
for me? And What am I going to do about this?
Pictured outside Tuppin House, Guilderton were the
members of the first Trinity Kairos Retreat.
a number of Year 12's, this was definitely uncool," said Br
Rob. "And it was particularly difficult for those who volunteered
to be the first group -- and give up holiday time as well. This
required a lot of courage and a real act of faith."
One of the strengths of the Kairos retreat is that it is student
led. Four of the key leaders were young American students who had
participated in Kairos in Bellarmine and who volunteered to travel
to Perth to lead Trinity's retreat. Two of these students - the
"Rector", Geronimo Desumala and the "Assistant Rector",
Jake Casey actually ran the retreat.
key feature of the process of the retreat was the work done in the
four small groups, each with a student leader and an adult leader.
This was a very powerful model. Another feature was that all talks
were thoroughly prepared by the student and adult leaders.
Rob explained that the Kairos retreat program that is proving so
successful in a number of American Catholic schools grew out of
the Cursillo movement. "It is very much an encounter experience
which relies on the personal witness of peers and adult leaders.
Anyone who has done Antioch or Marriage Encounter would be familiar
with the style of program."
the retreat, there will be follow up sessions so that the enthusiasm
and spirit of the retreat will not be lost. Br Rob's hope is that
Kairos will be a key feature of the spiritual experience of senior
students at Trinity.
The College is now planning for other Kairos retreats with student
leaders drawn from those Year 12s who participated in the first
Ray Parker's moving story...
Br Reg Whitely
published this moving story about Br Ray Parker in the first edition
of the ERF South Australian News. Br Ray died recently on a trip
home to England.
Br Ray with one of his students
RAY's STORY IS
AKIN TO A THEME FROM A DICKEN'S NOVEL.
Ray was sent to Australia as a little 'orphan'. He eventually joined
the Brothers as a laybrother, and the Brothers became his family.
So ERF took on a special meaning for Ray. His was perhaps a hard
and sad life without parents and siblings to love. When Ray went
overseas late in life he discovered an uncle, who told him that
his mother was still alive. It was an announcement that had a tremendous
emotional impact on Ray. He made a decision. He wrote to his mother.
Ray told her he had booked a flight to England and would be arriving
at Heathrow on a certain date and on a certain flight. If she wanted
to meet him he would be dressed in clericals and would be easily
picked out. If she didn't want to meet him he would understand.
On arrival at Heathrow, as people in the lounge drifted away Ray,
who could see no one to match his mother, started to become a little
forlorn. It was then that he noticed a little old lady peeping out
from behind a pillar. He went over and asked her if she was his
mother. She said she was! A loving reunion took place with the son
she had given up fifty years before. Recently Ray returned to England
to be with his mother. Ray did not tell the Brothers before he left
he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He just went as if for
a holiday. Ray collapsed on the Tuesday and died on the Sunday.
It was so sudden and such a great shock to all who knew him. Ray,
before he died, had found the human love he longed for in life.
He surely now is within the Heart of Him whose love is both human
and divine. May he rest in peace .
Who do you turn to when
you want an audience with the Pope?
In the recent first edition
of the ERF South Australia News, Reg Whitely presented an interesting
profile of Br Stanis McGuire who, for a long time, was the man in
Rome one turned to when you wanted to get an audience with the Pope.This
work is now undertaken by Br John Baldwin, another Christian Brother
from Holy Spirit Province. The following is the Reg's write-up on
HAS BEEN SAID that the stories and lives of
the Brothers are something quite unknown to the members of the Edmund
Network; they remain an 'in-house' business. Perhaps we need to
know our own locals better. Here is one such story about an Adelaide
Brother, Br Stanis McGuire, who became known and honoured by both
Pope Paul VI and John Paul II. For many years he was the person
one interviewed to obtain an audience, and had to attend most of
them. Now that he is retired his successor, Br John Baldwin, (Rostrevor)
continues to carry on the prestigious work.
Paul McGuire, was well known as a diplomat, particularly as the
Australian Ambassador to the Vatican. A visit to CBC library shows
the honour in which this old boy is held. Stanis joined the Brothers
as a laybrother, working on the farm attached to the Novitiate at
Minto in NSW. In
a short time he was noted for being both a chef and a very knowledgeable
farmer. The dairy and pig studs that he built up became well known
throughout the state. Stanis became the first laybrother ever to
be appointed a superior of a community.
He was next
asked to go to Rome to run the farm attached to the newly acquired
property for the Brothers' headquarters. The Brothers on the CLT
soon noticed that this humble man had extraordinary talents (he
had always been the perfect diplomat, perhaps inherited from his
uncle). He was quick to learn Italian to perfection - besides becoming
an expert art critic, lecturing to the tertians and others in Rome.
Soon he was asked to help out at the office for audiences, not knowing
that before long he would him- self become 'the Pope's man' and
that the Swiss Guards would throw a smart salute for 'Meester McGuire'.
30 years Stanis retired from this work. Immediately Iona University
in America invited him to become the visiting lecturer on art for
a twelve-month period. Stanis is now stationed in Rome, where he
is the community leader in one of the houses. He sometimes returns
to Adelaide to visit his family.
Rice Centre at Notre Dame News...
EDMUND RICE CENTRE
at the University of Notre Dame has recently moved to newly renovated
premises. It's the former Cleopatra Hotel.
and students at the Edmund Rice Centre has been working with Leeuwin
Care East Timor since April 2000. They have been solely responsible
for facilitating the invitations and transport of our students and
staff to the respective East Timorese villages where we have lived
during our immersion programs. In an attempt to further our relationship
with our partners in East Timor and the communities that have hosted
us, we are supporting and seeking assistance for the following projects
and initiatives undertaken by Leeuwin Care and our friends in East
The people and Church of Letefoho, a village in the mountains two
hours from Dili, have given four hectares of land for which to build
a Youth Training Centre - The Bakhita Centre. This Centre will be
established as a showcase for appropriate and substantial technologies
and will include model tourism facilities for training East Timorese
people in tourism related activities. As well as this the Centre
will provide recreational and sporting facilities, computer facilities,
and accommodation for youth groups visiting from country areas of
The Cutet Orphanage has almost 100 orphans. Every one of these children
has a terrible story to tell. These kids depend on handouts from
local subsistence farmers to survive. With no family and no land
to inherit, a good education is vital. To guarantee their survival
and their future the orphans need $200 per child per annum. This
money will give them a reasonable level of food, education, shelter,
clothing, immunization, etc, to equip them to become contributing
members of and leaders for East Timor's future.
AINARO PRIMARY CLASSROOMS:
The militia destroyed the three Ainaro schools in 1999 and now the
community relies on one small school to educate over one thousand
students. They are now facing an alarming problem with student enrolment
expected to increase next year. The Parish of Ainaro hopes to build
four additional classrooms, in particular for the primary school,
which now only has two rooms for approximately four hundred children.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE PROJECTS please visit the Edmund Rice
Centre website: http://purple.nd.edu.au/erc/projects.html
the rest of the Edmund Rice Community whats happening in your
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the Christian Brothers are involved in
the HIV/AIDS Pastoral Care Ministry
Br Damian Walsh
STORIES OF THE EDMUND RICE
FAMILY NEWSLETTER keep emphasising, the Christian Brothers
today are branching out into all sorts of new areas of need -- keeping
alive the vision of Edmund Rice to serve those in deep need. Damian Walsh
is one brother in Perth who has found a special calling to be working
with those infected with HIV/AIDS. In this article written especially
for ERFN, he explores the Edmund Rice vision
and its practical implementation in this new area of pressing social need.
RICE WAS MOVED BY THE SPIRIT to open his heart to the poor. He
opted to help raise the self-esteem and life prospects of the desperately
poor of Waterford via the means of education. Edmund and his early followers
however did not limit themselves just to the classroom. Visits to prison
and care of those suffering from cholera also were tasks undertaken by
Today, every day, somewhere
in the world there are over 15,000 new HIV infections. 70% of these are
in Sub-Saharan Africa (a special concern to St Patrick's Province) and
16% in SouthEast Asia (should this percentage cause a special concern
to those living in Western Australia?). Men, women and children who are
stricken by a virus which will change their lives and the lives of their
loved ones forever. In
the 12 months to 31 December 2001 there was a total of 45 new notifications
of HIV in Western Australia 36 men and 9 women. In the period 1997
to 2001 the rate per one hundred thousand of population in Western Australia
those living with HIV has risen from 46.7 to 58.6 (the present rate in
South Australia is 53.2). In the same five year period the national rate
per one hundred thousand has moved from 110 to 112.
John Paul II, in Tertio
Millenio Adveniente describes this time of entering the new millennium
as a time to deepen our faith and strengthen our witness. We are called
to "open wide the doors of our hearts to Jesus" through
personal conversion, building communities of faith and healing, continuing
our efforts to create a more just and peaceful world in the midst of the
Each of us is on the same
journey as those people we encounter each day, that is, all of us have
a need to be encouraged to let go, to let go of our fears, our need to
control and embrace what is binding us. This embracing of our fears leads
to the embracing of life. In the spirit of the first disciples who were
filled with the Holy Spirit, we are called to be prophetic voices on behalf
of so many people throughout our city and the world who feel isolated,
marginalised and afraid as they live with HIV/AIDS.
The HIV/AIDS Pastoral Care
Centre presently provides a service to the people of the city and environs
of Perth and further afield as need dictates. The combination of services
and support provided by the Ministry is quite unique in Australia.
Friday, 29th November 2002
St Andrew's Church
"Live and Let Live"
Although numerous supportive
therapies are available to challenge human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), no cure exists. Those with
HIV disease must confront the reality of living with a complex, chronic
illness. Even the treatments that are meant to extend life and enhance
the quality of life serve as a constant reminder of the seriousness of
HIV and AIDS.
The focus of the pastoral
care offered at the Centre is that of Presence. The provision of meals
and other activities of the Centre are merely the tools by which the pastoral
caring takes place. The exploration of what the person is experiencing,
what the person believes and values, how the person relates with other
people as well as the recognition that each person knows the way somewhere
within himself or herself allows the pastoral worker to honor the lived
experience of the person.
There is an obvious air
of welcome hospitality that pervades the Centre. The pastoral workers
have an easy rapport with the clients and an openness that invites people
to see the Centre as a place of care and healing. The clients see the
Centre as a place where people in the same situation as themselves can
obtain mutual support.
Plaques in the HIV/AIDS Pastoral Centre Garden
The Centre provides an
accepting non-judgmental, caring pastoral support to men, women and children
infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. A philosophy of wholeness and
one of complementarity permeates the ministry. Volunteer therapists provide
such complementary therapies as massage and reiki. The pastoral team at
the Centre is supported by a number of volunteers who help by provision
of transport, cooking meals for the drop-in lunch and some basic cleaning
and gardening in and around the centre. The outreach aspects of the Ministry
see the full-time pastoral team involved in providing a listening ear
to people in their own homes, hospitals and when requested within the
As a Christian Brother
I see the work of Edmund coming alive in this ministry to people living
with HIV/AIDS. The challenge is to continually question as to whether
or not, and how, I am that caring, hope-filled and compassionate person
that Jesus called for. Edmund opened his heart to the poor of his day
and challenged his society to recognise those poor boys that needed special
care and support. How can I, as a follower of Edmund, challenge my society
to respond with compassion to another group who are in just as much need
for care and support?
HIV/AIDS Pastoral Care Ministry in the Perth Archdiocese
began in February 1989. In November 1991 the Pastoral
Care Centre in Burswood opened. Almost from the inception
of the Centre there has been a history of Christian
Brothers being involved as volunteers one way or another
at the Centre. Damian Walsh was appointed as Director
of the Centre in November 1999.
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This year the hard-copy edition of
Edmund Rice News will be published four times but the email edition
will be published six times. The hard copy edition is for archival
purposes and for community reception areas and for those who do
not have access to email. It will contain a summary of what is published
in the email edition. Costs are largely what dictate this editorial
change. It costs us literally cents in distribution costs to send
out an email edition to as many people as we like. Each hard copy
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cover photo from Tardun:
photo comes from the Christian Brothers Agricultural School, Tardun.
Tardun is a Junior High School (Yrs 8-10) situated about 450km north
of Perth. The photo is available on their website <<http://www.wn.com.au./cbas>>along
with a selection of other photographs showing school and farm life
in this little bit of paradise.
of Edmund Rice
with his daughter, Mary,
is from an
exhibition on the
national Edmund Rice web site
by Tasmanian painter, Br Hugh
Sharpe of Hobart
on Canvas (27x66) cms. 1996.
EDMUND RICE REFLECTION...
a letter Edmund Rice wrote in 1810 to his lifelong fring, Brian
thing you may be sure of,
that whilst you work for God,
whether you succeed or not,
He will amply reward you.
hardship, personal insult or disappointment could deter Edmund
Rice from pursuing his mission to assist young people from disadvantaged
backgrounds. Think of a young person in your own life who needs
you to believe in him or her, no matter what.
some time reflecting on how God sees this young person's Goodness,
Brokeness, Giftedness. Aski Edmund Rice to pray with you for this
young person for whom you care so deeply.
reflection is taken from Chapter 9 on Perseverance in God is
in the Ordinary by Teresa Pirola.
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