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05/06/2012: Australia - Photo gallery

During April and May 2012, the Director of the Secretariat of Mission, Br João Carlos do Prado was in Australia to learn English, become familar with the Marist mission, make contact with the Marist leaders in the country and express the support of the General Government for the marvellous work being done there.  The visit also sought to give publicity to the Secretariat of Mission and some of its projects and provide better connection with the Marist world mission.

The visit was organized by Br Michael Green and concentrated on some Marist schools in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The programme made possible contact with different types of school: boys only, mixed, boarding, day students only and other works for needy and indigenous persons. The schools are well recognized and valued by the local community, the Church and the government. They provide an excellent service for the development of the country and the Church and the formation of their leaders.

Contact with the Marist leaders took place especially during the meeting of the Mission Council, of the new Province of Australia, in the visit to the Montagne Centre, Melbourne,  the administrative centre of the country’s Marist works, and from the fact that the regional co-ordinators accompanied the visits to the works. A meeting was also possible with each of the directors and other local leaders. Another privileged moment was participation in the Marist Conference on Evangelization of Youth, during which there was discussion on the document “Evangelizers in the midst of youth”.

There is a good relationship between the Marist schools and the archdiocesan and diocesan Catholic Education Offices. Unlike many other countries, Australia counts on a Catholic Education System to which the majority of Catholic schools belong. The member schools (congregational, parish and diocesan) are managed and accompanied by this network. This facilitates the schools’ relations with the governments of the country, the States, and with local government and also allows approach to areas where Catholic education needs to be more present.

There is much vitality and life in the Marist mission of Australia. The Marist community formed by young people, brothers, and lay people is quite strong. The birth of the new Province is an opportunity to further reinforce the work being done. The Marist works in Australia are a privileged space for the exchange of good educational practices.

I express my gratitude to the Provinces of Sydney and Melbourne for the hospitality offered: attentive, affectionate and generous.

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