Australian Pacific Rectors met in Melbourne

All rectors across the Province of Mary Help of Christians met for the second time in 2018 on July 16-17 at the Province Centre in Ascot Vale, Victoria. The first day began with a Eucharist presided over by the Provincial. All day was spent going through the Strategic Plan of the Province [2018-2023]. The Vice Provincial, Fr Bernie Graham, presented information on the Australian Plenary Council. Following this the Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation, Ms Lauren Hichaaba, presented her report to the rectors. The day concluded with a Taize Prayer and a fraternal dinner.

The second day was dedicated to the Child Safety and Professional Standard matters. The Province Child Safety Officer, Mr Tom Bagot, led a full morning presentation and discussion. The midday Eucharist was presided over by the Vice Provincial. After lunch, Fr Bernie presented on the upcoming Provincial Chapter 21 in 2019 in East Melbourne. The Provincial then presented his experience of New Provincials’ Course in Rome. The Meeting was concluded with a simple prayer in the chapel during which each Rector was given a crucifix as a reminder of their service and sign of unity across the Province.

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