Marists at Formators Programme

Eight Marists are participating in a formators’ program recently commenced at the Marymount Centre, Castle Hill, NSW. The six-month program offers specialised course components for formators and vocation ministers and runs concurrently with Marymount’s ‘New Life’ program. The two courses have attracted thirty-five participants from fifteen countries. A ninth Marist, Sr Makalita Finau SMSM (Tonga) is expected to join the group shortly. The Marists participating in the programme are appreciating the opportunity to spend this time together as a Marist Family group being enriched by the diversity of their lived experience of the Marist Charism in a variety of cultures.

Pictured above (L-R): Fr Boniface Besco SM (Marist novitiate, Tutu, Fiji), Sr Teresia Raione SM (Wairiki, Taveuni, Fiji), Sr Noelene Simmons SM (Vocations ministry, Sydney), Fr Peter McAfee SM (Marist novitiate, Mexico), Fr Chris Ganzon SM (postulant director, Davao, Philippines), Fr Kevin Conroy SM (Rector, Marist seminary, Auckland, NZ), Sr Julienne Hayes-Smith SMSM (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Sr Joan Bernion SMSM (Manurewa, Auckland, NZ).

Marist Leadership in Asia-Pacific

Srs Anne, Julie & Margaret

Over recent months the sisters in Asia-Pacific have been involved in discernment processes concerning leadership in the Region and within each Sector for the three years beginning February 2009. Sr Julie Brand has been appointed Regional Leader while Sr Margaret Vaney and Sr Anne Rounds have been appointed as Regional Councillors. Discernment regarding Sector Leadership has resulted in the following sisters being appointed or elected to the following positions:

New Zealand Sector Leader Sr Francine McGovern
Assistants Sr Analulu Tanuvasa
Sr Juliana Massey
Australia SectorLeader Sr Gail Reneker
Assistants Sr Carmel Murray
Sr Grace Ellul
Fiji Sector Leader Sr Sr Marianna Tevurega
Assistants Sr Mareta Nai Raikivi
Sr Rosemary Simon
Philippines Sector Leader Sr Veronica Lum
Assistant Sr Torika Wong