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16/04/2013: Australia - Photo gallery

The General Council met in Mittagong, Australia, from 24 to 27 March, with the Councils of the  Provinces of Australia and New Zealand and the District of Melanesia. The Brothers taking part were : Emili Turú, Joseph McKee, Eugène Kabanguka, John Klein, Víctor Preciado, Antonio Ramalho, Ernesto Sanchez, Josep María Soteras, and Michael de Waas of the General Council ;  Jeffrey Crowe, Darren Burge Tony Caddy, Peter Carroll, Michael Green, Paul Kane, and Graham Neist of the Province of Australia ; David McDonald, Nevil Bingley, Terence Costello, Peter Horide, Siaosi Ioane, and Kevin Wanden  of the Province of New Zealand;  Ken McDonald, Jean Marie Batick, Cornelius Kelets, Mark Kenatsi and Ken Lasin of the District of Melanesia. Anthony Robinson and Anthony D'Arbon acted as secretaries.

The principal matters treated by the extended Council were the calls of the General Chapter, the priorities and guidelines defined by the General Council and the questions coming from the three Administrative Units which make up the Region of Oceania.

On the first day, each AU was able to present its situation and the questions which particularly concern it.

The second day began with Br Emili’s presentation of the General Conference to be held next September at the Hermitage. He took the opportunity to explain the work going on at La Valla. Then he initiated a reflection on the three icons mentioned in his circular : Pentecost, Annunciation and Visitation. Pentecost (interaction) asks us about what type of community we are in process of building ; the Annunciation (interiority) presents Mary to us as the model of openness to the Holy Spirit and invites us to become « masters of spirituality » ; the Visitation (inclusion), on the other hand, led Br Emili to ask how we can become prophets in our mission. The Superior General’s reflections were followed by a time of personal meditation and dialogue around tables, then by sharing in common.

The third day, Br Joe McKee took up some General Chapter themes, emphasizing that we are called to look for new ways of being brothers. The tables reflected and shared about his words. In the afternoo, Br Anthony Robinson, Oceania regional co-ordinator, made a presentation on the Region, explaining the history of the Regional Council, the principles guiding its progress, the successes achieved and what still remains to be done.

The last day, 23/03, Br Joe McKee guided a debate on the international character of the Institute and its consequences for the Region of Oceania. He recalled Br Emili’s letter « To the ends of the earth », emphasizing that the institute is much larger than Oceania. It needs to be clear to everyone that as brothers we belong to the Institute, and not simply to a Province. It is in this context that the roles of the Secretariat of International Collaboration for Mission and the International Commission for New Models of Animation, Administration and Government, and other initiatives of the General Council are to be explained. The topic raised a healthy discussion at the tables, then a general sharing.

At the beginning of Wednesday afternoon, the Provincial Councillors met to consider the proposals for the District Statutes of Melanesia and the Pacific, the Memorandum of Agreement bearing on the interdependence of the three AUs, and the « canonical figure » of the lay Marist, that is, what to do to have it officially recognized.

During the final session, Brothers Ernesto Sánchez and Eugène Kabanguka guided an evaluation of the meeting. The response was very positive.

 In closing the meeting Emili reminded all present:
‘Interdependence’ is not an option, we are all, already, interdependent. Keep the vision alive that we are all part of the one body. Be the change that you want to see."

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Mittagong, 24 27 March 2013

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