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2011 sees the 20th anniversary of the Australian Association for Psychological Type.  It is an association for practitioners and those interested in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

The MBTI was principally introduced into Australia by the Catholic Education Offices of Sydney (though author, Noel Davis) and Melbourne (through Margaret Dwyer RSC, at present Vicar for Religious in Melbourne).  They had been introduced to the process during studies at Berkeley in 1978.  Margaret Dwyer also did a thesis and practical work on the MBTI and Spirituality, especially conducting directed retreats at the Jesuit Centre at Wernersville, Pennsylvania.

Read more: 20th ANNIVERSARY, AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPE

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The annual Heart of Life Centre Graduation ceremony took place on November 28th.  The Eucharist was celebrated in the Franciscan chapel at the Yarra Theological Union.  A large congregation of family and friends attended, including John Mulrooney MSC and members of the Melbourne MSC...

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Above: Br. John Rose at his Diamond Jubilee Above Br. John Rose in Papua New Guinea

After 75 years of missionary service, the Lord called Br. John Rose, MSC to his eternal home on Saturday, November 19, 2011.  Br. John was 95 years old, the oldest member of the MSC USA...

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Msgr. Jaap Duivenvoorde msc, Emeritus Archbishop of Merauke, Western Papua

Msgr. Jaap Duivenvoorde msc, Emeritus Archbishop of Merauke, Western Papua (formerly West Irian), was born on the 15th of November, 1928 and entered eternal life on the 16th of November, 2011.

He made his first...

Read more: RIP: BISHOP JAAP DUIVENVOORDE MSC

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AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, by Pat Walsh.

From Paul Castley MSC, Melbourne.

 

Quite a number of years ago I asked Pat Walsh what inspired him to give so much to defending human rights in East Timor. He said he was so confused about the war in Vietnam that he was determined to get to the bottom of the next issue that appeared on the scene. It happened to be the Indonesian invasion and colonisation of East Timor. As a result of his beatitude spirituality of ‘hungering and thirsting after justice’ or uprightness (cf Matthew 5.6) Pat has become one of the most informed people in Australia – perhaps even the world – on the terrible consequences of the occupation of East Timor by the Indonesian Army and also one of East Timor’s most passionate advocates. Pat has walked the walk.

He has spent many years here in Australia (and indeed around the world) raising consciousness and working for the righting of wrongs; and many years in East Timor working on reconstructing a shattered society, healing its population and working with both East Timorese and Indonesian human rights activists for justice and reconciliation. I am reminded of Archbishop Tutu and his work in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Last night (Tues Nov 22nd) I was present at the launching of his book: At the Scene of the Crime; Essays, reflections, and poetry on East Timor 1999-2010. Here we have, in Pat’s own words, not so much a book but a ‘compilation of reflections and memories’ that are the fruit of his passionate search for justice. The launch was held at Travellers Book Store Smith St, Collingwood and the guest speaker was Professor Tim Lindsey, Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian law, University of Melbourne.

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Read more: BOOK LAUNCH: AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

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Peace and Justice Centre (Australian Province) 

Director: Father Claude Mostowik msc 

The Hon Chris Bowen MP

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Parliament House

M1/45

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister Bowen

Re: Bridging visas for asylum seekers.

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart...

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The General Chapter of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart opened in Manila on November 15th.

 

The Chapter motto is, 'Renewed, Let's Go Forth'/

 

If you wish to follow the news and items from the Chapter, go via the MSC General House website, www.misacor.org  which offers a direct...

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Peace and Justice Centre (Australian Province) 

Director: Father Claude Mostowik msc 

 

 

November 21, 2011

His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III

President

Republic of the Philippines

Malacanang Palace

JP Laurel Street, San Miguel

Manila 1005

Philippines

 

Dear Mr President,

Re:...

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On 21st November 2001, SIGNIS was established as the official Catholic Church organisation for audiovisual media.  2011 sees its tenth anniversary.

In fact, the organisation had been in existence for 73 years in its previous forms.  In the enthusiastic period of Catholic Action in the...

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Fr Martin McNamara mscLast Thursday, the 17th of November, a conference was held in honour of Fr Martin McNamara MSC in St Patrick's College, Maynooth. The conference, entitled Text, Targum and Testament, acknowledged the tremendous contribution of Fr Martin has made in the field of biblical scholarship. In recognition of his commitment to academic excellence he was conferred with a doctorate honoris causa by the Faculty of Theology.

The following are two extracts from the formal citation by Fr. Seamus O'Connell, Professor of Sacred Scritpure, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth at the recent conferral of Fr. Martin McNamara MSC.


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Fr Klaus Demmer MSC is world-renowned Moral Theologian.

On the 9th of November, 2011, Father Klaus Demmer MSC was invited by the Gregorian University to offer his Lectio Magistralis entitled “Contemporary Moral Theology: Challenges and Prospectives.” The invitation was to honour Fr Demmer...

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