In the Philippines, our approach has been to set up a Foundation, the Edmund Rice Ministries Foundation, Philippines Inc. to own and govern the works... a legal entity separate from that of the Brothers... thus to enable more easily, rootedness in Filipino society, Filipino participation and ownership.
One is an ongoing response to Typhoon Haiyan of Nov. 11, 2013. The typhoon hit the City of Tacloban, the Municipality of Palo in the centre and the Muncipality of Tanuaun... all three densely populated entities adjacent to one another were devastated.
This year our Foundation opened an outreach centre in Palo with a team of six Filipino staff... an admin officer, a nurse, a physiotherapist, and three social workers. They are preparing, by doing baseline studies in house-to-house visitation, to focus on 3 of the poorest barangays or suburb-units each with 400 to 500 households for the first year. The 3 barangays will be increased to 6 in the second year. The program will be Community Based Inclusive Development with attention being given to disaster risk preparedness and management.
This is an interesting story of the establishment of an English Language school and its combined operation between the Christian Brothers and the Passionist Order. Below is Br Peter Downs’ account of the beginning of the English Language School for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) as he has retired from the position. He was the inaugural Academic Manager as appointed by the Board of ELSPM in July of 2014.
Obviously there was a lot of work gone into the setting up of the ELSPM before Peter’s appointment. There was the buying of the licence from St Aloysius College Adelaide (SAC) which had operated a very successful school for students from overseas who could not speak English and were enrolled at SAC.
The World Masters Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years. Governed by the International Masters Games Association, the world wide representative body for Masters sport, the World Masters Games is open to sports people of all abilities and most ages. The ninth World Masters Games, in Auckland, NZ from April 21st to April 30th attracted 28,000 participants from 106 countries in 28 sports at 48 venues.
Br Brian Davis competed in the Swimming at the World Masters Games. He won the 200m Butterfly Gold Medal and thus repeated the success he had at the 2002 World Master Games in Melbourne. In addition he won Silver in the 50m Butterfly, Bronze in the 100m Butterfly and three Gold medals in relays.
Mahendra takes First Vows of in Bhopal followed by sessions with the senior students of St. Columba’s along with a session on Vocation Promotion with the Community Leaders. I was happy to hear the questions and suggestions from the Brothers at the CLs’ Meeting and more than that, the plans that they sat prepared was encouraging.
We realised that vocations from our own schools are a direct response to the work and interaction of the Brothers in the local community and not because of the efforts of (or lack of) the vocation promoter.
Image: Br Anthony Bangura & Province Leader, Michael de Klerk