In 1997 Br Michael Godfrey, Sr Colleen O’Dwyer and Sr Helen Delaney, representing the Christian Brothers, the Sisters of St Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy respectively, met to join together the Victorian welfare agencies of these three religious orders into one body called MacKillop Family Services.
Today MacKillop flourishes in Victoria, NSW and WA under the leadership of Dr Robyn Miller at their headquarters in South Melbourne, which was previously St Vincent’s Boys Home. Currently Br Trevor Parton works in the Heritage section of MacKillop at South Melbourne.
Edmund Rice Karibu Youth once again set off into what they do best. An Eddie Rice Camp at the Regina Pacis grounds in Langatta. Play being a fundamental right and a good way for development for children, 75 children from six different schools, and some ten others from Women for Women (Frank Chapel High School) got out of their normal school routine and home in the crowded slum with no play grounds and got an opportunity to do some bit of body exercises.
Newly elected Edmund Rice Karibu Group Leaders Kesheni Immersion Group with Br Francis Nkwabi Dr Michael Slatery being blessed
From 5 – 8 June a group of over fifty people gathered at the Limulunga Pastoral Centre near Mongu in Western Province Zambia for an Advocacy Workshop, facilitated by Br. Kevin Mullan (ERI Geneva), Jessica Dewhurst, Sarah Child and Kayla Brittan (ER Justice Desk South Africa). Participants included Christian Brothers and their colleagues from four local communities, team members of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection as well as representatives of other religious congregations and of social services based in the Mongu area.