ERI conducted a series of workshops in Maasin, Batang, Binalbagan and Kabankalan in the Philippines in July. Brian Bond led the workshops on his way back to Geneva following a period of home leave in Australia.
Two workshops were held in Maasin, one for the Edmund Rice Ministry staff and one for students from local colleges.
Unfortunately a recent earthquake and a series of aftershocks affecting electrical generation in southern Leyte meant that there was no electricity or internet available which impacted on attendance and some of the presentations (thankfully power was available at the venue through the use of a generator).
Nature has been kind to us in the early days of the month with regular downpours both in the Mountains and Dili - unusual for this time of the year.
Road construction is going ahead at a pace with new drains and concrete road surfacing employing many locals. Its scholarship time again with numerous students requesting semester fees. The Timorese Army project in Railaco Craic - water is available via 3 pumps – now consolidation of the work is still needed.
The Centre for Ecology and Spirituality at Glenburn, is again offering Brothers the opportunity of participating in the 12-week sabbatical course Sacred Earth next year. One more option next year will be to come to Glenburn for an extended number of weeks to do a more self-guided period of study or reflection. This option was taken by two religious sisters who stayed for an extended number of weeks during 2017.
For brochure and further information:
• vist the website: www.edmundrice.org.au/glenburn or
• email Glenburn: email@example.com
From July 05 - 12, 2017, Mr. Sean D’Alfonso (Province Advocacy Coordinator) and Brother Kevin Griffith (Province Leader) accompanied four students from Iona Prep to Le Borgne, Haiti as part of the Province’s Mission Frère – Haiti program.
The trip was jointly sponsored by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Province, Iona Prep, and Archbishop McCarthy High School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). In Le Borgne, the total group of fourteen participants spent the week painting eight classrooms at the St. Rose of Lima School. In addition, a trip to the Citadel provided the group with a rich overview of the historic and cultural heritage of Haiti.