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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:57

Marist Brothers to be ministers at the margins

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marist brothersMarist Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society, moving into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles, reports The Catholic Leader.

Marist Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society.

It’s a response that will move Brothers into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles.

Almost 50 Brothers from the Australian province, and Melanesian and Pacific districts attended a gathering at Marist College Ashgrove, in Brisbane, from January 11-13, to consider the challenges and opportunities facing them in the Oceania region.

The Brothers’ Melanesia district covers Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Bougainville, and the Pacific district includes New Zealand, Samoa and Kiribati.

Australian Brothers vocations director Br Greg McDonald said the gathering focused on separate calls from Pope Francis and the order’s world leader Br Emili Turu to live their vocation serving those on the edge of society.

Australian provincial Br Peter Carroll said the Ashgrove gathering was about strengthening relationships among the Brothers across Oceania for shared mission.

He said there was strong feeling among the Brothers about the need to be ministering at the margins, but the challenge was to determine how that would happen.

“And of course, we need to think more than just Australia, or more than just Melanesia or Pacific; we all need to think about it as a region – where we can contribute and where the needs are greatest,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of specific projects beginning – one is in the western part of Sydney, at Mt Druitt, and also there’s talk of a new ministry project and a new community therefore in Kiribati.”

Br Carroll said there were likely to be similar projects for the Brothers outside traditional school ministry.

"We’re at a point now where we have very fine schools transmitting faith and teaching in the Catholic tradition, and the Brothers have contributed markedly to that in centuries previous but that’s not where the need is now, so much.

“We’re also aware that the need is probably less institutional now and more community-based and hopefully more allied with local parish communities so that there’s a witness value which the Brothers give to the place where they minister but also to the local Catholic community.

“And I think it’s very likely that we will be looking at more opportunities to move into non-institutional, community-based works.”

Read the full story "Marist Brothers to be ministers at the margins" published on 22 January 2016 at The Catholic Leader.