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Br.Mark Chia, CSsR Vice Chancellor Scholar for YTU

Feburary 15, 2017

Br.Mark Chia, CSsR has been notified by the president of Yarra Theological Union (Melbourne, Australia), Fr Chris Monaghan, CP, that YTU has proposed him to the University of Divinity as The Vice Chancellor Scholar for YTU. The Vice Chancellor Scholar award is given each year to a graduating student who best embodies the values of ytu.

"Mark has been a strong contributor to student leadership at Yarra Theological Union, through its Student Representative Council, Education Board and Senate. His academic work has been consistently strong. His quiet efficiency is evident both in his leadership of his fellow students and his care and support of them. He embodies the virtues of hospitality, outreach and compassion which this University values."
The Province of Oceania is proud of Mark's achievements as it is proud of all its members in formation. The Province congratulates Mark on this notable accomplishment and continues to rejoice at his presence among us.

Mark has just commenced his immersion year at the Baclaran Shrine (Manila, Philippines) for 2017 specialising in the media apostolate. He will prepare for his final profession in 2018 after returning to the House of Studies in Melbourne. Mark was last year appointed to the Redemptorist Media Board (Province of Oceania) though he will be absent from Board meetings while in the Philippines.

25th General Chapter

September 21, 2016

This November more than 100 Redemptorists and lay partners, representing the worldwide Congregation, will come together in Pattaya, Thailand, for the 25th General Chapter. During their time together, they will reflect carefully on the examination that has taken place over the past two years, discern prayerfully where the voice of God is leading the Congregation today. They will then take practical decisions and set a direction for the coming six years.

Join us in prayer that the Congregation remains faithful to its charism in the coming years and continues to preach the Gospel in a manner that is always new and speaks to the hearts of the people of today.

Read more: http://www.cssr.news/2016/09/xxv-general-chapter

The Joy of Love digital resource kit

April 13, 2016

The Redemptorists welcome Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of Love. This document bears the fruit of almost three years of consultations with Catholics throughout the world.

Titled Amoris Laetitia’, or The Joy of Love, the document affirms the Church's teaching “that stable families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect and interact with others.”

Pope Francis also brings a voice to what so many Catholics have believed for years, that with the changing face of the modern family, it is a Catholic's role to care for, rather than condemn, all those whose lives do not reflect the teaching of the Church.

The Redemptorist in Oceania have a deep commitment to accompanying families, which can be seen in the Majellan Family Magazine. It is named after a Redemptorist saint, Gerard Majella, who showed particular care for families during his lifetime and afterwards came to be looked upon by many people as a heavenly patron of families in need.

We hope this digital resource kit can help you celebrate the Joy of Love.

View the Joy of love Digital resource kit

New Pastor installed in Glendowie

February 16, 2016

Glendowie rector Redempt Jawa wrote this evening: "Yesterday Bishop Pat Dunn installed Anthony as the new Parish Priest of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the 10am Mass in Glendowie. It was a joyful celebration and people are happy to have a new and young Pastor."  

On his way to his car the bishop took Redempt aside to express his delight at coming to OMPH and to promise his support for the Redemptorists and the new church team in Glendowie. He promised to be in touch soon.  

Congratulations to Anthony, to the CSsR community at Glendowie and to all the parishioners. May all that is good continue and may all that continues be good. May our mission flourish. Thanks to the confreres who have served OMPH parish so faithfully over recent years even into their most senior years. 

Breakthrough in Paris climate talks

December 14, 2015

What a Christmas present! The UN Climate Change conference in Paris concluded with a 31-page global agreement on dealing with climate change,

  • to limit greenhouse emissions to avoid global temperatures rising 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels,
  • to aim at holding temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, and
  • to reach zero emissions by the second half of the century.

It was signed by 187 nations.

The conference agreed to ‘aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible… on the basis of equity, and in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.’ Progress on meeting targets will be reviewed every five years. Click HERE to read more.

The Province of Oceania

December 3, 2015

Redemptorists from the Province of Oceania and beyond gathered November 24-27 in Galong NSW. It was an occasion to reflect on the Redemptorist mission and enter into the Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis.

It was also a time to celebrate the completion of the first year of a new Redemptorist Province of Oceania that came into being on January 1, 2015. The Redemptorists of Oceania live in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa. They have a close partnership with Redemptorists in the Vice Province of Manila (Philippines) and the Vice Province of Ipoh (Singapore/Malaysia). Both vice provinces started as missions from Australia and New Zealand in the early part of last century. Oceania's mission is in partnership too with the Region of Colombo (Sri Lanka).

The Redemptorist world is divided into five Conferences. The Province of Oceania belongs to the Conference of Asia Oceania and its mission is in cooperation with all the Units of the Conference, but especially with the Province of Vietnam, the Province of Indonesia and the Province of Liguori (Kerala, India). The Oceania Province is also in cooperation with the Province of Lviv (Ukraine) which is part of the Conference of Europe and informally with some Units in the Conference of Africa Madagascar.

Redemptorists worldwide are intent on preaching an inclusive message of mercy, justice and redemption during the upcoming Year of Mercy. While at Galong those present spoke of the honour that is theirs in preaching the gospel. Photos from the Galong gathering may be found HERE. If you are on social media, search these hashtags for more photos #CSSR #NewProvince #Redemptorists #cssrnewprovoceania

 

Faith leaders hold urgent meeting to call on politicians to restore the human dignity of refugees and asylum seeker

October 20, 2015

On October 15 2015 more than 50 Leaders representing diverse faith groups met with Members and Senators at Parliament House, Canberra, calling on them to restore Australia’s standing as a compassionate nation by winding back policies negatively impacting on people escaping violence, persecution and death.

 

As a positive step, the faith leaders asked all political parties and independents to join with them in establishing a task force to work together to change the political and public narrative regarding asylum seekers and refugees.

It is hoped the task force can build on the recent goodwill arising from the 12,000 Syrian refugee announcement and develop new policies for the thousands of other refugees including ending off-shore and mandatory detention, removing children from detention and abolishing temporary protection visas.

Sr Anne Lane pbvm, representing Catholic Religious Australia, said the faith leaders have asked all sides of politics to value the dignity of every human person.

There have been many reputable reports which show that immigration detention causes significant psychological harm, particularly to children.

“It is never right to use people as a means to an end. It is morally wrong to punish one group of human beings by locking them up on off-shore islands in order to deter other people from coming to Australia.We cannot allow such cruel policies to continue,” she said.

Sr Lane said it is time honesty was brought into this issue, with the whole mantra of ‘stopping the boats’ being just that, a mantra.

“It may simply mean stopping the boats in Australian waters, so that we can hold our heads high as vulnerable people die in other countries and situations to which we’ve returned them.

Sr Lane said for many years religious groups have put their resources at the service of refugees and asylum seekers by providing housing support, employment, food and clothing, education and counselling.

“We say to our parliamentarians, stop mandatory detention and let more people into our country and we will work with you to ensure these people are looked after and are able to become part of the Australian community,” Sr Lane said.

This Parliament House forum was the initiative of Catholic Religious Australia (the peak council of Catholic religious congregations) with the support of other Christian denominations and other faiths.

Other speakers included Sr Berneice Loch rsm (President of Catholic Religious Australia); Rabbi Alon Meltzer (National Jewish Memorial Centre); and, Hafez Kassem (President of Australian Federation of Islamic Councils).

It was co-hosted by Anna Burke MP (ALP), Russell Broadbent MP (Liberal), Cathy McGowan MP (Independent) and Senator Janet Rice (Australian Greens).

Media inquiries: John Rochester 0417 627 904.

Download the Final Statement delivered by Sr Anne Lane pbvm on behalf of faith leaders present at the Canberra meeting.

Inside the Synod of the family with Fr. Michael Brehl CSsR

October 10, 2015

The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is currently taking place and will conclude on October 25, 2015. The theme of this Synod is "the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world."

One of the members of this Synod is Fr Michael Brehl, CSsR, Superior General of the Redemptorist.

Salt and Light  Media recently interviewed Fr Brehl from inside the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Interview with Fr. Michael Brehl, CSsR

Redemptorists Monastery’s Youth Gathering

September 29, 2015

Dear youth and young adults, you are the heart of our church, the talents you have are amazing. We, in connection with CCR Youth, invite you to come share them with one another at the Redemptorists First Youth Gathering.

Let’s celebrate the life we have in God with music, prayer, dancing, bible study, sharing of life experiences and table of fellowship.

Come be a part of this inaugural meeting which is sure to be a very special encounter with each other in the presence of the Lord.  Don’t miss it!

WHEN: Monday, 05 October 2015 at at 07 p.m MAP

WHERE: Redemptorist Monastery, 190 vincent street

CONTACT:  0469850766 (Fr. Sam C.Ss.R.) or  0459298336 (Alex)

2015–2016 Social Justice Statement resource kit

September 25, 2015

Justice for refugees and asylum seekers

Social Justice Statement 2015-16

This year’s Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2015–2016 Social Justice Statement is titled  For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers.

 Please feel free to use and share the following digital resource kit. You may order a copy of the Socia Justice Statment by clicking HERE.

For more information on this social justice statement, or to read past social justice statements please visit the  Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) at http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

 

 

Download:

2015-16 Social Justice Statement Video

  

 

Final profession of Vincent Long Pham

August 3, 2015

August 1 is always a special day for the Redemptorists in Australia and New Zealand.  It is on this day that we celebrate the feast of our founder St Alphonsus Liguori.  This year’s celebrations were highlighted by the final profession of Vincent Long Pham.

Since the leader of the Redemptorists, Fr Edmond Nixon was on missionin Sri Lanka, Fr Glenn de Cruz as his deputy received Vincent’s profession.

Vincent’s life-long commitment to the Redemptorists flows from his strong belief that the spirituality and example of St Alphonsus have much to offer our hurting world of today.

During the ceremony he was surrounded by fellow Redemptorists, friends, people with whom he has worked with in ministry, lecturers and fellow students. The bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Paul Bird, who had been leader of the Redemptorists in Australia, concelebrated the Mass at this defining moment in Vincent’s life.

May St Alphonsus inspire all of us to work tirelessly in building a fairer and more decent society.

 

Vincent Long Pham. Finally professed: August 1 2015.

A photo posted by Redemptorists_of_Oceania (@redemptoristsofoceania) on

For more images from Vincent's final profession please visit: https://www.facebook.com/RedemptoristsofAustralia/timeline/story?ut=43&wstart=0&wend=1441090799&hash=-5891107557839456294&pagefilter=3

Pope Francis, equity and the environment

June 2, 2015

Pope Francis has repeatedly called for greater social and economic equity in the world, and reiterated the critique of neoliberal economics very strongly. Now he is about to issue an encyclical, the highest form of Church teaching, on the need to reduce carbon emissions and global warming. What will our pollies make of this, especially Catholics in the Coalition government?

Many observers are deeply puzzled by Abbott’s metamorphosis from being lampooned as ‘Captain Catholic’ into an advocate of neoliberal policies. What has happened to the man who called BA Santamaria one of his mentors?

Click HERE to read the full article by Fr Bruce Duncan.

Statement from the Redemptorist communities of Australia concerning the sexual abuse of children

May 20, 2015

Mindful of the terrible suffering that has come to victims of child sexual abuse, the Redemptorist communities of Australia release the following statement.  To read their statement please click here

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand

March 30, 2015

Speaking at St Patrick’s Cathedral before the Palm Sunday rally in Melbourne on 29 March in support of asylum seekers, Bruce Duncan reiterated Malcolm Fraser’s call for more humane policies through regional resettlement programs.

Click HERE to read Fr Bruce Duncan's speech.

Pope Francis and British PM David Cameron: the Right to Freedom of Speech

March 2, 2015

British PM David CameronViolent attacks on press outlets that have chosen to publish cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad have re-opened the debate on freedom speech in the West.

In this article Brian Johnstone CSsR looks at the differing views of British PM David Cameron and Pope Francis. He also asks;

  • is religion solely private?
  • How do different religions view their relationship to the state?
  • What are the ethical aspects in the freedom of speech debate?

Click HERE to read the article.

Mercy in the City

February 26, 2015

Kerry WeberWhen Jesus asked us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned, he didn’t mean it literally, right? In Mercy in the City, Kerry Weber, a modern, young, single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic, personal, meaningful manner while maintaining a full, robust, regular life.

Weber, a lay Catholic, explores the Works of Mercy in the real world, with a gut-level honesty and transparency that people of urban, country, and suburban locales alike can relate to. Mercy in the City is for anyone who is struggling to live in a meaningful, merciful way amid the pressures of “real life.”

For those who feel they are already overscheduled and too busy, for those who assume that they are not “religious enough” to practice the Works of Mercy, for those who worry that they are alone in their efforts to live an authentic life, Mercy in the City proves that by living as people for others, we learn to connect as people of faith.

Recently, Redemptorists Media was able to sit down with Kerry Webber and ask her about her experiences attempting to carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy and what she has taken away from the experience.

Book giveaway

Majellan Publicaitons will be giving away copies of Mercy in the City! Tell us what is the hardest challenge you have encountered during the season of lent. Leave a comment on our Facebook page or twitter account with the hashtag #Lentenstruggles for a chance to win. If you do not have a facebook or twitter account please submit an e mail to office@majellan.org.au with the subject: Mercy and let us know about your Lenten challenges. Winners will be chosen at random. Entry deadline is March 21 2014.

Redemptorist Bishop calls for intervention in Iraq

February 13, 2015

Archbishop Bashar Warda has been serving the people of Iraq in the spirit and charism of the Redemptorists since 1995. His academic dedication pushed him obtain a doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1999, where upon completion he returned to the land and people that he holds so dear. His commitment to serving his community and the Church was recognised in 2009 by the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church who elected him as Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Erbil. With the consent of Pope Benedict XVI, Fr Bashar Warda was consecrated  Archbishop of Erbil, Iraq 3 2010.

All of these accomplishments have been spurred by his passion to serve societies most abandoned and vulnerable.  Unfortunately in today’s Erbil it is a whole society which is vulnerable to the threat of the Islamis State (Daesh).

Since the 10th of June 2014 over 125 000 Christians and Yazidis residents  have fled cities and towns such as Mosul, Qaraqosh and Karamles once Daesh gained control of the territory and warned residence to renounce their faith or face death.

Since that time Archbishop Warda has been overseeing the support for the refugees in the area with aid from Christians from around the world.

Archbishop Warda’s has prioritised 3 main objectives for those he is serving

  • Provide stability via employment and affordable housing
  • Ensure that families have access to education and medical care
  • Provide  a vibrant living Church to support the social and spiritual needs of the affected families

A plea for intervention

With a heavy heart Archbishop Warda addressed UK supporters and Members of Parliament in Church House , Westminster on February 10. His address outlined the history of the Christian community in which he ministers, the struggles of daily life and the possibility of an impending genocide. (click to read the full report).

When asked by Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough and fellow Catholic, if he was “suggesting that this country sends in troops again?” Archbishop Warda answered: &ldq