The Celebration of the Eucharist was presided by Fr Louis Maite sm, assisted by Fathers Godfrey and Paul.
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With Education, Health and Migrant Worker Programs we are building a brighter future together.
Marist Asia Foundation recently forwarded the 2016 Annual Report.
Education Programs – 75 children started Preschool; 85 Burmese Migrant students are studying Secondary school and 12 Young Leaders are doing the ACU University Online Diploma.
Health Programs – providing support, counselling, advocacy and monthly self help for 75 HIV Patients and their families; HIV AIDS Education Programme – providing education to prevent HIV and overcome discrimination.
Migrant Worker Programmes – Provide choices beyond the fishing factories; Better Futures for Burmese Migrants with Thai Language classes; Intermediate and Academic English Programmes and Saturday School for children without a school.
This newsletter deals with the flourishing football team, the work with the kids beginning the new school term, a faithful volunteer story and the untimely death of Muay.
Fifty years a Marist, and with the help of many generous people, bike-riding Brother, Charlie Randle has raised almost half a million dollars for the Marist Fathers Missions and seminarians.
Now for the 15th straight year he’s about to set out again and clock up another 500km with Fr Chris Ketsore sm in aid of supporting the children at the St Vincent de Paul Parish, Kanosia PNG.
Executive Officer of the Marist Mission Office in Sydney, Australia, Fr Paul Sullivan, describes Charlie’s willingness to go the extra mile as “irrepressible”.
Fr Sullivan says Education is the key to their future and Education is the key to alleviating poverty.
Read Newsletter: At 75, Br Charlie Randle still cycles for childrens
Andrew and Leeann from New Zealand volunteered for 3 months and share their experience.
Arriving in Ranong in August was a bit of a culture shock, as we had spent the past six months in the UK and Europe, working and travelling.
The biggest challenges were the heat, especially for Andrew who would literally drip in sweat! And not having a shower seemed inconceivable, but one learned to wash quite adequately with a bucket and cold water!
The students, at first seemed very shy and reluctant to communicate, so we wondered how on earth we’d be able to teach them anything, as our kiwi accents seemed to confuse them!
But slowly they responded, and this was the most rewarding aspect of our volunteering, developing relationships with the students, laughing and joking with them, seeing them grow in confidence, and the small hope that they may actually retain some of the information we endeavoured to teach them!
I am hoping that the Year 4 students are still experts on natural disasters! Another difficulty was the fact that as an English speaker, you assume you can teach it, but hey, it was in fact not that easy, but we both found our own methods and it was great to see the students pass their English exam!
We soon got into a routine for day to day life in Ranong, enjoying the smallness of the place, loved getting around by scooter, sightseeing with our students, the delicious shared meals at the Marist house, the simplicity of life, where all that mattered was school, Internet, gym, shopping, cooking and eating!
We have learnt about two cultures, Burmese and Thai, have learnt kindness and gentleness from the Marist community, have learnt gratitude and appreciation for what we have. In fact it’s probable that we learnt more than we taught!
One of our most memorable moments is still on our first meeting with the ACU online students, as they introduced themselves, one boy spoke of how lucky they were to live in Ranong, where there was electricity 24/7, and running water. And this only a day after we despaired of no shower or hot water!
We certainly have a different perspective on life and wish to thank Marist Asia Foundation for this amazing, life changing opportunity.
Marist College at the Pacific Regional Seminary began the year with twenty seminarians.
Some had returned from novitiate, others from Marist Mission Experience and there were four men beginning Marist formation. One new staff member was from Italy: Fr Andrea Volininno sm. He is teaching philosophy at the Pacific Regional Seminary.
Orientation is always an important time as the new community settles in for the year. This is a time to get to know one another, to reflect on what has happened in the past, to clarify expectations for the coming year and to form some new goals. An interesting exercise was reflecting on the question: “Before I die I want to ….”
The Holy Week ceremonies are always a highlight.
The different colleges join together to ensure that the ceremonies are well celebrated.
The acting out of the Stations of the Cross draws a large crowd as we move around the campus at the Pacific Regional Seminary; the enthusiasm of the soldiers who were pushing Jesus around was very realistic. One small boy started to cry and asked them to leave Jesus alone.
In May the seminarians had their annual retreat. Fr Tony Kennedy sm went with the year one seminarians while Fr Sione Hamala sm went with the rest of the seminarians to the Ashram near Nadi.
Marist College celebrated the perpetual profession of Dennis Levi as a Marist in April. Soon after he and four other candidates were ordained as deacons by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva.
The senior seminarians are given the opportunity to practice their skills in preaching throughout the term. These homilies are videoed and then watched by the group of homilists. Tony Kennedy directs this group. There has been a lot of improvement in each of the preachers.
In September the tertiary institutions here in Fiji compete against one another in a variety of sports. Marist seminarians were key members of the PRS teams.
In the first term we renovated what was known as the deacons’ house. We are now in the midst of doing further work on the main student accommodation block. The roof has been replaced and the rest of the building will be renovated and refurbished over the summer holidays. We are grateful for the assistance given by the Marist Mission Centre which has made this work possible.
There has been a change to the structure of the formation program at PRS.
A propaedeutic term has been introduced. This is an introductory time that is designed to prepare the seminarians to begin their academic course the following year. Paul and George joined our Marist College community in August. They will hopefully progress to Year One in 2016.
During the year three seminarians have left Marist College. We wish them well for their continuing discernment.