A warm welcome to Pacific Calling Partnership new Co-ordinator Corinne Fisher
After 15 years at the Edmund Rice Centre, I am now stepping back and changing roles. Instead of coordinating the Pacific Calling Partnership, I will be joining Vincent and Ellie as a part time support team member.
A big welcome to Corinne Fisher who is taking over the coordinator's role. I am excited to be handing over to such a warm, generous and capable person. Corinne has scarcely been here a week and I can already see what a brilliant, dedicated and multi-talented team leader she will be.
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A Spirituality that brings Life
The Edmund Rice Formation team has just returned from a visit to the Philippines to meet with staff and those engaged in Edmund Rice Ministries in Kabankalan, Cebu and Maasin. Key to these visits was the opportunity to spend time with the staff from each ministry, to hear and learn what inspires them and moves in their hearts.
The experience that struck me most strongly was a visit to the Badjao community, living crowded together on the very edge of a narrow strip of land between the ocean and a government approved housing estate. This strip of fragile land is subject to flooding at high tide, has no governmental support, infrastructure or recognition and is overrun continually by the wash of the world’s discarded plastics, pooled in ocean currents and deposited here on the island of Lyette.
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Timor Leste Thanksgiving Eucharist and Meal
On Saturday, January 19, over 60 people who’d been associated with the Comunidade Edmund Rice gathered at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, the home of Terrace Timor Network in thanks for the ministry and outreach to and with the people of Timor Leste .
Fr Gerard Heffernan, who worked with Brs Dan Courtney and Paddy Payne, founders of the ministry, celebrated Eucharist reminding us of the founding story and in the Liturgy of the Word, former volunteer,
Katrina Powell Carey gave a moving homily ‘through the eyes, thoughts and wisdom of a Timorese watching the happenings of his occupied country, the impact of CER and the changes that independence and the new nation are discovering.
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Edmund Rice Camp 2018 Volunteer Awards
Presence Compassion & Liberation
I had the honour of being invited to attend the 2018 Volunteer and Cocktail Night last Saturday. A stunning display of peacock feather arrangements with twinkling lights made a fitting backdrop on the stage as some 65 Eddie Rice volunteers assembled to celebrate and honour the generous work of so many young people who have brought joy to the lives of young people in the community whose circumstances may be difficult.
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Toast to Patrick Ambrose Treacy and The Irish Christian Brothers Who Migrated to Australia. Treacy Centre, Monday 19 November 2018 by John O’Halloran
“Enterprising Immigrant” is the sub-title of Br Regis Hickey’s 2012 Life of Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy. Few students of the Irish influence in the development of the Australian Nation since white settlement would disagree with that judgement. But the assessment could be applied equally to the many Irish immigrants to Australia. The Irish were the largest immigrant group, after the English, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. Even today Irish born people are numerous in this land. The 2011 Census indicated that in Victoria alone, 14,000 citizens were Irish born. And just over 10% of the Australian population are of Irish heritage.
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