2016-03-08 AUSTRALIA

Growth and formation of Marists in Oceania

The Oceania Partnership Commission (OPC) held a recent meeting on the 3rd & 4th March in Sydney, Australia. Its membership comprises Tony Clarke (Chair), Liz Falconer and Joe McCarthy (Australia), Lucy Sinei, Br Mark Kenatsi and Ruth Hihiriiru (District of Melanesia), Dan Dungey and Br Carl Tapp (District of the Pacific).

The OPC has responsibility for the growth and formation of all involved in Marist life in the AUs of Oceania. Since it began, it has initiated a number of formation experiences. The most recent of these was a gathering in Brisbane last November to train lay Marists from throughout the region to return and be trainers of their own people. 

This was a follow up to a programme conducted in Rome in May 2015.

At each meeting the OPC has recorded significant and encouraging steady growth of Marist life throughout the region.

Its meeting last week  gave most of its time to discussing Proposals from the General Council, matters related to initial and on-going formation, belonging and association, and the Life Project in Fraternity of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family  as preparation for the Continental Commissions meeting to be held in October at Notre de l’Hermitage.

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Br Carl Tapp, District of the Pacific

Photo (from left to right): Dan Dungey, Br Mark Kenatsi, Lucy Sinei, Liz Falconer, Tony Clarke, Br Carl Tapp, Joe McCarthy, Pam Paton-Mills (visiting guest from the Province of Southern Africa)

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