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Annual retreat in Samoa

06/05/2013: Samoa

In early April the Brothers Today community animation team of the Province of New Zealand (Brs. Kevin Wanden, Nevil Bingley and Kees van der Weert) led the annual retreat for the two communities in Samoa.  The retreat focused on the six elements of Marist Spirituality using Water From The Rock: Marist Spirituality Flowing In The Tradition of Marcellin Champagnat as the basis for the sessions.  The retreatants enjoyed the process of sessions, personal reflection, group sharing and feedback. The retreat took place at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Three Hearts with extensive views over looking Apia.

The first Brother arrived in Samoa in 1845 as part of the Marist mission.  The Brothers opened their first school in Samoa in 1871.  This closed in 1877 due to a number of difficulties.  2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the re-establishment of the school at Mulivai in 1888.  The Brothers conduct two schools in Apia, St Joseph’s College, Alafua and Marist Primary at Mulivai.

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Edward Danielson, Amberoti Nantei, Siaosi Ioane, Kees van der Weert, Bryan Stanaway, Iulio Suaesi, Bernard O’Malley, Ueanimatang Kimaere, Nevil Bingley, Brian Callaghan. Kevin Wanden (photographer).

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