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Marist Animators’ Course



A study of Marist Spiritual Patrimony of Sydney Province

27/10/2008: Australia

On Sunday, 28th September 2008 twenty participants, eight Marist Brothers and twelve Lay men and women, began a study program centered on the life of the Founder. The five day intensive program held at The Hermitage of the South, Mittagong, was targeted at those who have responsibility for animating the mission of Marist schools at Province and local levels. Participants came from all areas of the Sydney Province (New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory), including the District of Melanesia (Bougainville) and six from the New Zealand Province. The program was conducted by the Marist Ministries Office, Sydney Province, Australia.

The aim of the course was to offer a rigorous and academic study of the life of Marcellin Champagnat, the context of the time and place that gave birth to the Marists, the sources and influences of Marcellin’s spirituality, his writings, and his vision for a Christian educator. Participants were inspired by the depth of wisdom and insightfulness of the course presenter, Br Michael Green FMS. Br Michael, the Principal of St Augustine’s College Cairns, last year conducted a five-month Spiritual Patrimony Program for English speaking Brothers in Rome.

Some participants’ comments:
Very informative. Presented with passion and knowledge. The enthusiasm was contagious.’ (Mary Kirk, Director of Religious Studies, Marcellin College, Auckland, New Zealand)
It has been a real grace and one of the most interesting and informative programs I have done. (Br) Michael’s presentations are so clearly given and so expertly prepared. This program has been a gift. ’ (Br Kevin Blyth, Marist Ministries Office, Drummoyne)
Brilliant – all of it! Presentations were so well prepared, researched and given with such flair, enthusiasm, wit and wisdom.’ (Carmel Luck, Assistant Head of School – Staff, Marist College Canberra, ACT)

Photo - Marist Animators’ Course Participants
Back row: Linda Fisher (New Zealand), Tony Clarke (Sydney), Janet Webster (New Zealand), Br Michael Flanagan (Sydney), Br Bill Tarrant (Sydney), Reg Wills (New Zealand), Mary Kirk (New Zealand), Alan Parker (New Zealand), Michael O’Donnell (New Zealand), Carole Wark (Sydney), Br Tony Leon (Sydney)
Middle row: Br John O’Brien (Sydney), Br Michael Akers (Sydney), Fr Max Blumenthal (Chaplain, Randwick Community, Sydney), Br Kevin Blyth (Sydney), Bernadette Ropa (Bougainville, District of Melanesia), Carmel Luck (Sydney)
Front row: Peter McNamara (Sydney), Br Michael Green (Course Presenter, Sydney), Cathie Stone (Sydney), Ray Holmes (Sydney), Br Tony Butler (Sydney)

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