August 2019

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From July 28th to August 2d, four Lay Marists of New Caledonia representing the Marist Province of Oceania took part in the 4th International Gathering of the European Marist Laity at Termonfeckin, co. Louth, which was open to the other units of the Society. It was followed by a meeting of the World Marist Laity Coordination at the Emmaus Center, Dublin, which they attended also. A 4-member World Coordination Board has been elected made up with Lay Marists from Spain, USA, Mexico and New Zealand.

 Inputs and sharing of experiences in linguistic groups were very rich and allowed to deepen the Colinian vision and its relevance for today’s world. Main topics for discussion were as follows: leadership, structures, formation, commitment, communication and finances. Participants left Ireland with a firm determination to share with others their experience and renewed enthusiasm for “Mary’s work”, with a particular attention to the Youth who have their place in the Marist project.

On their way back they stopped over in France in order to visit some of the places of Marist origins such as Fourvière of course, but also Cerdon, Cuet and La Neylière where Fr Colin, the “father of the Oceanian people” is buried.

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 Fr John Larsen sm, Superior General with OMP and French Delegates  Fr Paul Walsh sm, General Councilor for Marist Laity with Coordinators
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                                    OMP Delegates at Fourviere                                             OMP Delegates with Fr Paul Walsh sm
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                                                                                Marist Laity International Gatherings Assembly with Superior General, Fr John Larsen sm



Theme:  "Baptised and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World"

       “Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019”

The annual assembly was held in the Pacific Regional Seminary, Suva, from 13 - 15 August. About 40 participants attended. The Keynote speaker was from the Ponitifical Institute for Foreign Mission (PIME), Fr Fabrizio Meroni, speaking on the "Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019" and "The Church Mission and the Contemporary Challenges". Other speakers were Fr Okusitino Ulupano SM, vice-rector of the Pacific Regional Seminary, on "The mission in Oceania and the challenges we face," and Fr Authur Leger SJ, on "To renew and rekindle the zeal and passion for Church mission according to the local needs of Catholic churches in the Pacific  and around the world."

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                                                                                        Fr Fabrizio Moreni from the Ponitifical Institute for Foreign Mission (PIME)
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                                            Fr Okusitino Ulupano SM                                  Fr Authur Leger SJ
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