Marists at Marymount

1115-Marymount-Srs---2Two Marist Sisters and one Marist Missionary Sister are amongst the participants of programs at Marymount Mercy Centre, Castle Hill, NSW.

Sr Mariana Tevurega SM and Sr Petra Mario SMSM are close to completing the‘New Life’ renewal program, while Sr Titilia Tupou SM, in preparation for final vows, will graduate on Nov 29 from the program inspired by T.S. Eliot’s ‘Costing nothing less than everything’. Prior to completing the programs the sisters will be on retreat from 11th to 19th November.  Our prayers are with them over these days.

The three sisters, all Fijian, join a succession of members of the Marist family who have enjoyed Marymount’s programs.

Easter Blessings

EasterAs we once again reflect on and celebrate the Paschal Mystery, the Marist Sisters send you prayerful wishes for a very happy and blessed Easter.  May our celebrations renew our hope in God’s promise of fullness of life for all.

Marist Sisters’ General Chapter

women of the word embracing lifeThe Marist Sisters invite you to join with them in praying for their General Chapter which will take place in Nemi, Italy 8-29th April. A Chapter is a very significant event in the life of a Religious Congregation. It is significant that the Marist Sisters’ General Chapter is taking place during the Year of Consecrated Life.

Click here for a suggested prayer. During the Chapter news items will be regularly uploaded to the General Chapter website.

Day of Consecrated Life – New Regional Leadership

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Each year on 2nd February we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life.  Pope Francis has also proclaimed 2015 to be the Year of Consecrated Life.  During this year he challenges religious to “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of living!

GraceIn 2015 this day has special significance for the Marist Sisters in Asia-Pacific. The new Regional Leadership Team begins their three year mandate.  Sr Grace Ellul will take up the role of Regional Leader while Srs Vivienne Goldstein and Marian Tevurega will be her Regional Councillors. We ask God’s blessing on our new leadership team.  We pray that with them we might more deeply “follow Jesus by living the Gospel as Mary did.”

In welcoming our new leadership team we also pray in gratitude for the leadership of Sr Julie Brand over the last six year and for her councillors, Srs Margaret Vaney (6 years) and Vivienne Goldstien(3 years).

New Leadership in Fiji

Leadership Change OverOn 14th January Marist Sisters in the Sector of Fiji gathered for a special event. In a simple ritual the retiring Sector Leader of Fiji, Sr Mariana Tevurega, passed the role of Sector Leader to Sr Lavinia Henry. Sr lavinia will take up her leadership mandate on 2nd February.  In this role she will be assisted by Srs Teresia Raione and Salome Dilagi. The ritual was followed by refreshments and the opportunity to experience the joy of being Marist. More photos…

Regional Newsletter No 2, 2014

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The Year of Consecrated Life which began on 30th November invites all who have consecrated their lives to God “to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to embrace the future with hope.” (From the Vatican, 21 November 2014, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary).  The latest Marist Sisters: Region of Asia-Pacific Newsletter gives an indication of how the Marist Sisters are living this challenge.  Download a copy of the newsletter here.

Year of Consecrated Life

yearofconsecratedlife_250Pope Francis has invited us to celebrate a Year of Consecrated Life, beginning on 30th November 2014 and concluding on 2nd February 2016.  He urges us: “Wake up the world!  Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!” (November 2013)  For Marist Sisters these words – reminiscent of our founder Fr Colin’s expression to think, judge, feel and act as Mary – impel us to enter more deeply into our Marist vocation. We are called to be prophets in today’s world – prophets of joy and hope – called to follow Christ in the manner of Mary, called to be Women of the Word, Embracing Life.  As we prepare for our 2015 General Chapter in this Year of Consecrated Life, we go forth on our journey of renewal, growing more deeply into Christ and living the Gospel in the spirit of Mary, whose name we bear. (Logo: Catholic Religious Australia)

Celebrating Jean-Claude Colin

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“And the Blessed Virgin,
who did such great things then,
will do even greater ones
at the end of time…” (Jean-Claude Colin)

Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Marist Fathers and Marist Sisters, knew suffering at an early age.  Orphaned at the age of five he developed into a person with a deep longing for a life of solitude and strong desire to serve God.  It was while studying for the priesthood at the major seminary in Lyon he came into contact with the Marist project.  Despite his sensitive and timid temperament he was courageous in responding to the needs of his time.  He took his inspiration from the life of Mary in Nazareth and and from her presence as a mother in the early church.  On 15th November, the anniversary of his death, Marists throughout the world recall with gratitude the legacy of this man who teaches us what it is to live the Spirit of Mary in our times.

Regional Chapter Concludes

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Regional Chapter - Day 7 (32)The Regional Chapter of the Marist Sisters of Asia-Pacific has concluded! We have completed our various tasks and have much to share with our Sisters of the Region.  In the closing days of the Chapter eight delegates were elected to accompany the Regional Leader to the General Chapter to be held in Rome in April 2015.

RC - Day 9 (1)We celebrated our concluding Eucharist with Grahame Connolly sm. As we sang, Christ be our Light, Julie, as current Regional Leader, led us into the Chapel carrying our Regional candle. At the time of the Blessing each Chapter member signed the Record of Attendance and received from Julie a picture as a memento. Julie then passed the candle to Grace, Regional Leader- elect, who led us out.

RC - Day 9 (17)As we prepare to leave this hallowed place our hearts are full of gratitude and our steps are light – knowing that we are Women of the Word, Embracing Life!!!  We thank our God for all who have supported us in prayer throughout these days.

 

Chapter Update

Regional chapter - Day 4 (1)Each day preceding our work we gather for morning prayer together.  We then take time to share any reflections on our previous days work.  Having heard the reports from Sr Julie, Regional Leader, and also from the Sector Leaders our work has moved into a deeper phase of reflecting and questioning. It was with great delight that we were able to celebrate the birthday of one of our members on Day 3 with an evening social.

DSC00085The work of Day 4  involved reflecting on the Regional Bursars report. After lunch, a nine-seater bus and three cars took groups of participants to various places of interest, beauty spots and shopping centres and then on to Mt Albert. There nearly every Sister of the Sector was awaiting us. We were warmly welcomed, thoroughly entertained and extremely well fed.  With a certain reluctance, yet aware of the need to be fresh for the days ahead, we made our departure, thanking our God for all who had contributed to yet another wonderful day!  More photos…