Perth, WA, Australia
Now in it's seventh year of operation, the Edmund Rice Community at Salter Point (Perth) commenced again recently with five new young faces. These young adults have made a commitment to live together as community, sharing in all that it takes to run any home i.e. cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc. More importantly is their commitment to spend quality time with each other while they get on with their usual life of study, work, sport, etc.
They work to make hospitality one of the pillars that holds up the community, always welcoming family and friends to our table. Outreach to those in our wider community is one of the essential of living in the Edmund Rice Community and has already commenced with a night on the Red Cross Soup patrol, where they met 36 homeless people on the streets of Perth, offering them food and conversation. Most of these were homeless and many were Indigenous.
Essential to our lives is time to reflect. The young community members are always encouraged to put aside regular time for reflection. They also take a turn each week to lead the community in a reflection time, that we have each evening.
Two weeks after moving into the community they all went to the Brothers holiday house at San Remo (just 45 minutes south of Perth) for an induction weekend. This was a time to reflect and share together about where the community fits into the stories of the cosmos, Jesus, Edmund and the Christian Brothers, as well as the Edmund Rice Network. Other sessions facilitated getting to know each other's story more deeply as well as sharing their hopes and dreams for the year together. And of course plenty of time to relax together and spend time at the beach. They saw the weekend as the end of the honeymoon period and the commencement of serious commitments to work, study and building the community.
They all look forward to meeting different people from the Edmund Rice Network throughout the year.
Br Bernard White
Edmund Rice Community Leader
PO Box 1129
BENTLEY DC WA 6983