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Manziana - 23January– 10June 2011



English Midlife Spiritual RenewalProgramme

09/03/2011: Italy

On the afternoon of 23 January, 5 Brothers gathered at the General House to travel to Manizana to join with the other 7 Brothers to begin theirRenewal programme.  The Team had prepared well for their arrival and the Brothers felt very welcomed. The first week was used to allow the Brothers to slow down and reflect on their hopes for the Programme.  Each Brother was invited to share the highlights of his life as a Brother. Listening to one Brother after another proved to be inspirational as well as helpful in getting to know each other. Bro. Phocas due to his visa problem only managed to join us on 29 January.

The programme covers a wide range of areas of Mid-life issues. After the first week of orientation into the programme with the wholistic living that help us to look at our own health issues. As the weeks proceed there will be time to look at the transitions that are part of our present stage of life and Religious life as lived in our Communities. We expect we will be able to look at choices of the heart and the model of Mary as the First Disciple.

Among the hopes expressed by the brothers arethatthe mid life program will help them to:

  • Discover and nurture my inner life
  • Rediscover and reclaim myself as a true disciple of Champagnat.
  • Understand my mid life experiences and understand my new mission.
  • Have a break, to rest and restore balance in my life and above all to reconnect with my inner life.
  • Understand myself, accept my vocation and to be a balanced brother in deed and truth.
  • Find a deep meaning about my life in the Marist Brothers and to open my eyes to see clearly the presence of God in others.
  • Accept what is happening with me and to re-energise me and to enable me to be available to what is to come.
  • Looking forward to share life in an international Marist community and living life together.


Brothers attending

  1. Adrien Mercier – Hehas been working in Central African Republic for 27 years before last year being appointed to teach Mathematicsat Lycee Saint Marcellin Champagnat in Berberati, Central Africa Republic. On contract with the Province of Africa Central East.  (Hermitage)
  2. Anthony Tay– For the past 5 years  Br Anthony has been Principal of Catholic High School in Sibu, Malaysia. (East Asia)
  3. Domingo Lee – For the past 2 years he has been the Director of the Marist Home for the intellectually challenged boys in Chung Joo, Korea. (East Asia)
  4. Evans Okpalanachedo – Has for the past two years been Deputy Director of the Hopeville Rehabilitation Centre in Uturu, Nigeria. (Nigeria)
  5. Greg McDonald – For the past 7 years he has been the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Marist College Canberra and 4 years as Community Leader. (Sydney)
  6. Alphonse Balombe – originates from the Marist community – Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Africa Central East)
  7. Guy Yuangi – is teaching English to French speaking Year 11 and 12 students at St. Michel College, Santo in Vanuatu.(District of Melanesia)
  8. John Hilet –For the past 6 years Br John has been Principal of Red Bend Catholic College. A Year 7 – 12 Coeducational Boarding College located at Forbes in the Central West of NSW.(Melbourne)
  9. Lawrence Ndawala –Has just completed 6 years as the Provincial of Southern Africa. (Southern Africa)
  10. Noel Fernandez – For the past 6 years Br. Noel has been Principal ofboth Grade School and High School of Notre Dame of Kidapawan – Integrated Basic Education Department in the Philippines.(East Asia)
  11. Phocas Ndagijimana – For the past 6 years he has been the Principal of TTC Mururu Secondary School, Rwanda. (Africa Central East)
  12. Samisoni Talia – Is teaching at St Joseph’s College in Apia, Samoa. (New Zealand)
  13. Todd Patenaude - Most recently Br Todd has been running an Adventure Retreat Program for a number of different groups including, High School Students, College Students, Sports Teams, Doctors and Teachers. (USA)


Supporting us in our time here are the team

  1. Father John Allardyce  SM – New Zealand
  2. Barry Burns – New Zealand
  3. Antoine Kazindu – Africa Central East
  4. Anthony Hunt - Sydney


An integral part of the program is a directed retreat at Nemi. At the conclusion of the program there will be a 16 days of pilgrimage to Champagnat Country.

The programme also has time for a trip to Subiaco, Assisi and a Papal Audience. We are all looking forward to the weeks ahead with gratitude in our hearts, towards the members of the Team and the members of our Provinces who are continuing the home ministries while we take part in this period of renewal.

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