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A new Special Education centre was opened at Monivae College, Hamilton, providing for special classes for students as well as training opportunities for teachers.  Member of the Coalition government of Victoria in the Legislative Assembly, Hugh Delahunty, representing the Hamilton district, was...

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On behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops

Conference, I present the 2011–2012 Social Justice Statement,

Building Bridges, Not Walls: Prisons and the justice system.

The words of the bishops urge us all to think about the conditions in our prisons, and to ask who are most likely to find...

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The forthcoming Social Justice Statement from the Australian Bishops focuses on prisons and prisoners.  Some of the language uses the phrase restorative justice'.  One form of mediation for this justice is community conferencing rather than litigation, already used with some young offenders facing their victims.  A new Australian film dramatises this community conferencing with a case from the workplace.  It is called Face to Face, from a play by David Williamson.  It shows how this way of justice could work.

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A review of the film:

A film that should interest all who are involved in disputes and conflict resolution – which means all of us.

David Moore, an Australian workplace consultant, has worked in the area for some years.  The process of Community Conferencing was used in cases of youth justice:  an offender, the person attacked, friends, relatives, employers and others were invited, and consented, to be part of the meeting where a facilitated discussion took place whereby members felt free to express themselves and the facilitator enabled responses to be made with an end to finding some kind of resolution.  These conferences are also called ‘Restorative Justice Conferences’.  Clearly this kind of mediation and communication can be more personally effective than courts and litigation.  The potential is strong for workplace issues like harassment, for school bullying situations.  It has potential for enabling restorative justice in organisations and in religious groups and churches.

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EL ESCORIAL, Spain

The Superior General Fr. Mark McDonald presented the four candidates for the new General Administration who, according to number 204 of our Constitutions, must be confirmed by a secret vote of the Chapter members. The assistants General who will accompany Fr. McDonald in the...

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Paths of Formation for Mission

EL ESCORIAL, Spain

The vocational and formative process for mission in community generated positive reactions in the Chapter Assembly, which dedicated the whole of Thursday to the personal and communitarian prayer-reflection dynamic so as to share the paths...

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General Administration

1 P Mark McDonald

2 P Narciso Abellana

3 P FransiskusXaverius Wahyudi

4 P Faustino Fernández García

5 P Luís Carlos Araújo Moraes

6 P Johanis Stefanus Ngala

7 P Armando Genovese

8 P Michael Curran (Former Superior General)

Read more: MSC GENERAL CHAPTER: LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

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Ana Sanmartin of the Lay Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at the General Chapter

Identity and Mission of MSC Laity

 

EL ESCORIAL, Spain

On the Wednesday afternoon 14th of September, the General Chapter Assembly centred its attention on the reality of lay people in our missionary life. We...

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Fr Peter Carroll MSC is the Catholic chaplain at Long Bay Gaol in Sydney and the delegate who represented the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life at the international conference for Catholic chaplains in Cameroon held in August this year.

The Australian Province ministry is found wherever a member of the province is working.  Peter Carroll has extended this ministry to prison chaplaincy.  In March 2010 he participated in an ABC Encounter program.  Some excerpts follow:

Kerry Stewart: Father Peter Carroll is a priest with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the Archdiocese of Sydney. He works mainly at Long Bay Correctional Centre and offers sacramental support at some of the other jails in the metropolitan area.

 

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John Walker MSC addresses the Chapter

Who are the MSC Brothers?

EL ESCORIAL, Spain

From the General Chapter: "we feel animated by and grateful for the testimonies of the MSC Brothers and we ask ourselves about the place they occupy in the Congregation. Are we...

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OCCASIONAL ADDRESS

CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALIAN PROVINCE OF THE

DAUGHTERS OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART,

SEPTEMBER 8TH 2011

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On behalf of the Sisters here in Australia and the other 1,000 members of our Congregation spread across 26 different countries, I thank you Your Eminence Cardinal Pell, Bishop Moore and Bishop Collins, Fathers, Brothers, Sr. Pauline Compton, Sisters, family members and friends for joining us in prayerful remembrance of all the blessings of the past 100 years. It gives me much pleasure to be with you on this significant occasion and to have this opportunity to share briefly with you our own "Australian Story" as Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Who are we, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and what is the spirit that motivates us? Most of you would be aware that we were founded in 1874 in Issoudun, France by a young priest, Jules Chevalier, who 20 years earlier had founded the male Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

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Fr Bill van der Linden MSC has died in the early hours of September 15th 2011.

Born in Holland, he migrated to Australia after World War II and studied at Douglas Park, NSW, where he made his novitiate with first profession on 26th February 1957.  After his seminary years at Croydon, Vic, he was...

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