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70 Australian Marists gather at Mittagong for the first national mission assembly!

09/09/2012: Australia

An interim Mission Council, Brothers and Lay, was established in 2011. One of its key responsibilities was to prepare a Mission Assembly to gather Marists from across Australia before the inauguration of the new Province of Australia on 8 December 2012 and the Brothers’ Chapter.

The historic gathering, that took place from 12 to 15 August in Mittagogn, had participants engaged in the following:

* The ratification of the Mission Council Charter.This was a remarkable outcome for the Province. It marks the movement of decisions relating to mission from the Provincial Council to the Provincial and his Mission Council; a Council comprising both Brothers and Lay Marists.

* Nominations for the next Mission Council by Assembly participants.

* The emergence of a clear statement of priorities for Mission for the period 2013-2015.

Key areas identified included:

AUSTRALIAN MARIST COMMUNITY LIVING OUT VOACTIONAL LIVES, CO-RESPONSIBILITY, FORMATION, MINISTRY, SOLIDARITY, YOUNG MARISTS – OUR FUTURE

Provincial-elect of the Province of Australia, Br Jeff Crowe, addressed the Assembly to conclude and placed before the participants a call to carry our mission forward together as Brothers and Lay as part of the Australian Marist Community. Br John Klein from the General Council noted in an address to the participants the ground-breaking moves taking place in Australia as co-responsibility for mission among Brothers and Lay Marists is increasingly more evident across a range of ministries and Province structures, but particularly evident in our relationships.

The Assembly was a critical gathering for Australian Marists in establishing a common understanding of Marist mission and provided participants with the impetus to go out to their communities and beyond with a renewed vigor for our work.

It is very difficult to capture the resounding sense of hope and anticipation that was palpable at the Assembly, but the following comments from the participants give some insight into this:
“We were involved in an historic consultative process involving the wider Marist family in Australia to set a forward path.  I felt like I was on the crew of Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame on the Enterprise, being asked to boldly go where others dare not to go.  It was a privilege to be a part of the process”.

“A fantastic gathering of like-minded, committed and passionate people with a common goal of ensuring the Marist mission lives for the next 50, 100, 150 years”.

“My lasting impression is that this was a very significant event in the life of Marist Mission in Australia. I do not think we will fully appreciate this fact until sometime in the future. I was also moved by the depth of just how Marist the people present were. It would have been good for some of those who can struggle with what it means to be a Lay Marist to have been present. It would have allayed any fears that they have in relation to this area of recent growth and life”.

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