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Monday, 15 July 2013 14:15

End of an era for Marist Fathers in Burnie/Wynyard

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The Archbishop will appoint a new Parish Priest to commence from the beginning of 2014. 

This time of significant transition is also a clear opportunity to look at ways in which the parishes adjoining Burnie/Wynyard, namely Circular Head and even the West Coast, might well be able to collaborate as a pastoral unit.

On Saturday 25th May, Burnie/Wynyard Parish Priest, Fr Tony Kennedy SM, together with the Parish Pastoral Council invited Circular Head parishioners to join an assembly to discern ways of addressing the pastoral and spiritual needs of this area of Tasmania into the future. 

Well over 100 people attended at The Chanel Centre of Marist Regional College, an ideal gathering space with break-out and catering facilities.  Assistant Priest Fr Fred Kado SM began the day by leading lead the assembly in prayer. Parish Priests, Fr Phil McCormack and Fr Tony Kennedy, spoke about the needs of the Circular Head and Burnie/Wynyard Parishes.  There were workshops to provide the opportunity for those attending to express their memories, experiences and hopes for the future, with many creative and heartfelt suggestions gathered on charts for synthesis and further consideration. 

Fr Mark Freeman, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, represented Archbishop Adrian, and spoke about the purpose of the parish in forming disciples of Christ, engaged in worship and outreach and growing in faith.

The day was universally voted an outstanding success as a very positive exercise in shared responsibility for the Church and its future. People were heard to comment at the end of the day: "Everyone was so upbeat and positive!" and, "Together we can do this".

(Photo on the right shows Marist College Business Manager, Les Allen, St Brigid’s School, Wynyard, Annette McCulloch with Fr Phil McCormack.)

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2013 edition of The Tasmanian Catholic, the magazine of the Catholic Church in Tasmania.