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New provincials for Melbourne and New Zealand

01/06/2010: General House

Brother Superior General and his Council, in ordinary session on 3 May 2010, appointed Brother Julian Casey Provincial of the Province of Melbourne for a second three year term, and Brother David McDonald — Ngati Hinerangi Provincial of the Province of New Zealand for a first term of three years. They join Brother Jeffrey Crowe, appointed Provincial of Sydney for a second term on 16 March 2010. The three will begin their terms on 19 December 2010.

The choice of the same date for the three provincials is connected to the initiative of holding the three Provincial Chapters in the same place and on the same dates, thus constituting a grand assembly of the Marist Pacific. The meeting of the Brothers of these provinces during the General Chapter provided an excellent opportunity to discuss common problems and make plans for the future. The General Council, in harmony with the feeling of the Brothers, has approved the coinciding of dates to undertake planning for the future that is as harmonious as possible.

Brother Emili Turú, Superior General, in writing to the respective provinces to name the new provincials, alludes to the mandates of the Chapter. The capitulants let the whole Institute know that we feel driven by the Spirit of God to go into a new land, to facilitate the birth of a new epoch of Marist charism”. The Lord is calling these new Brother provincials to lay the foundations for a new epoch of the Marist charism in the lands of the Pacific.

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Brother David McDonald — Ngati Hinerangi

Brother David was born in Auckland but was raised in Okauia, near Matamata, a place which he regards as “home.”

David came to Auckland for his secondary schooling, and, after further tertiary studies, set out on his teaching career at St Paul’s College, Grey Lynn, where he worked for five years.

Following his decision to try his life with the Marist Brothers, he moved south to Naenae, Lower Hutt, for his novitiate.

After professing his Vows, he returned to Auckland, and took up a teaching position at Sacred Heart College, Glen Innes, in 1982.

At the beginning of 1984 he accepted the request of his Order, and began his teaching time at Hato Petera College on the North Shore of Auckland, where he was both teacher and dormitory master.

Brother David was appointed as Principal of Hato Petera College in 1997—following the retirement of Mr Langley Davis—a position he has held until recent days and his appointment as Provincial-elect of the Marist Brothers’ Province of New Zealand (including Aotearoa, the Fiji Islands, Samoa, and Kiribati).

Brother David is the first indigenous New Zealander to hold this position; he will be installed by the Brother Superior General (Emili Turú Rofes) in this role in December 2010.

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Brother Julian Casey

Born in 1939, he became a Novice in 1956 after completing his 12 years of schooling. After teacher training he undertook graduate studies while teaching. He moved into leadership positions in schools and became a principal in 1970. While a principal he was involved in Province animation and was a member of the Education Committee for the Province. He was a Provincial Councillor from 1977-1988 with special responsibilities in Education and Finance. In 1989 he was elected Provincial and remained in that position until 1995. 1n 1996 he was appointed principal of a large College with some 1500 students until 2005. He was elected as Provincial again in 2007.

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