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Community Leaders gather at Mittagong

30/03/2018: Australia

From March 15 – 18 March, over 30 Brothers from the province of Australia gathered at Mittagong for the annual Community Leaders’ Gathering.

In this year’s meeting, held at the L’Hermitage Retreat Centre, participants had more time for personal and group reflection and contemplation than in previous years.

Brother Mark O’Connor reflected on the personal journey of (Pope) Francis and Marist lives, the priority of mercy in the care of Marists for themselves and for others and accompaniment.

Other topics in his presentation included consolation, desolation and discernment as Marists, as well as renewing the joyful Marist service of others.

Australia’s provincial superior, Brother Peter Carroll, presented the book “Brothers” to the community leaders. It is a photo book commemorating the Institute’s bicentenary, which had been presented by Brother Tony Leon – director of the Brothers Today secretariat –  during the 22nd General Chapter in Colombia last September. Each community was given a copy of the book, which captures the different work done by the Brothers around the world. 

Two representatives of the Mascot Office, offered the Brothers support on financial queries.

Two members of the Marist Association spoke about their experience of their local group based in Sydney.

The gathering concluded by discussing priorities and future activities of the province, which is now five and a half years old, and a Mass.

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