Edition 20: August 2005 Holy Spirit Province

Index to Province Stories:

Farewell to a quiet achiever — Br Kevin A Ryan

The obituary to Br Kevin A Ryan delivered by Br Trevor Dean

Brothers farewelled at Whyalla

Pat Mohen on Justice and Peace

Broome Social Justice stalwart, Shane Wood, in the news again

Trinity student chosen to attend The Hague

Olly Picket to be guest speaker at Spirituality in the Pub

CBC Freo boys at World Vision Leadership Conference


Farewell to a quiet achiever — Br Kevin A Ryan

Br Kevin Alan Ryan R.I.P.
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EVEN THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS have been surprised to learn of the unheralded achievement of the late Br Kevin A Ryan who passed away a few weeks ago. He had been a Christian Brother for 60 years. The Brothers' Newsletter paid tribute with these words: "In death as in life Kevin continues to surprise his Brothers and his Family. We all knew that he was a very private person but to have concealed from virtually everyone his considerable poetic achievements was no mean feat. Kevin was a card-carrying member of the International Society of Poets, headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, USA." It then publishes a letter written in 2000 by the President of that Society when Kevin had been awarded the International Poet of Merit Medallion. You can read the Br Trevor Dean's obituary for Br Kevin HERE and the following is the letter in the web edition of ERNN.

The following excerpt is taken from a letter sent to Kevin by Elizabeth Barnes, President of the International Society of Poets in 2000.

"Dear Kevin,

As President of the I.S.P. I am pleased to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2000, and I would like to invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets in the world-where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit and Honored Member of our Society for 2000.

Your induction will take place Friday evenig, August 18th at 8:30pm in the United States capital, Washington, D.D.m, during the Tenth Anniversary International Society of Poets Convention and Symposium. You will also be honoured with two separate and very special awards for your poetic achivement at special ceremonies throughout the weekend. First, to honor and commemorate your poetic accomplishments, after you present your poetry in front of fellow poets from around the world, amidst the applause from the audience, you will be presented with your "International Poet of Merit" Award Medallion. The Award Medallion is a work of art in itself, cast in fine bronze, uniquely engraved and hung from a colourful and distinctive ribbon."

One of Kevin's poems entered in perhaps his last competition.

Port Pirie Diocese :

Brothers farewelled at Whyalla

Saturday, 30th July was a day of celebration and farewell in Whyalla as the last Christian Brother left St John's College. The College went to considerable trouble with a series of events to acknowledge the contribution made by the Brothers. These culminated in an address by Bishop the Bishop of Port Pirie, Eugene Hurley, a presentation to the last Brother, Pat Guidera, and a farewell Mass at St Theresa's Church in the evening. The photo shows Br Pat being presented with the certificate of appreciation.

Justice and Peace

Pat Mohen on Justice and Peace

One of our stalwarts on Justice and Peace in Holy Spirit Province is Br Pat Mohen. Here are some of his thoughts after attending the recent public rally in Perth protesting at the proposed industrial relations changes proposed by the Federal Government.

THURDSAY 30th JUNE is a date that will remain in my memory for a very long time. That is the day I went into the city to take part in the assembly planned to take place in the city centre at midday in protest at the industrial relations reform (so called) as proposed by our Prime Minister upon gaining control of the Senate.

I don't know what I was expecting by way of a crowd but at a quarter to the hour I decided to make my way from the Perth Railway Station to the Cultural Centre when I found myself engulfed in a vast number going in the same direction. Within minutes I was looking down on a sea of humanity stretching across from the Art Gallery to the Alexander Library and down as far as William Street. Certainly it was the biggest crowd I have ever seen in the city. The Western Australian Newspaper estimated it at 15,000 while the Australian Newspaper gave it at over 20,000. It was certainly an imposing number and a well ordered group as well.

All sorts of people were present. Union members of all shades and number, family groups, Asians, a troupe of African girls in highly coloured attire, university students, teenagers who had never seen anything like it before and mature men in suits who had obviously taken an hour off from the city office. All and sundry were there to express their anger and fears at the threats of their Prime Minister.

Also present were representatives of the major Churches. The Catholic Church was represented by Terry Quinn from the Justice and Peace Office. It was good to see the Churches joining in. The Catholic Church has been to the front in Justice matters for many years since the writings of Pope Leo 13th pointed the way at the end of the 19th Century. When our freedoms are threatened that is the time for all peoples to stand up and be counted and this was that time.

Social Justice

Broome Social Justice stalwart, Shane Wood, in the news again

That indefatigable Social Justice crusader from Broome, Br Shane Wood (picture), was making news again recently welcoming Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Amanda Vanstone, to the Kimberley and urging her to stick around "long enough to be made aware of the shocking day-to-day conditions" that the people in some of the remote Aboriginal communities have to live with.

IN FACT Shane has been scoring quite a bit of attention recently as he is now the host of a Diocesan Radio Show on Goolarri Radio 99.7 FM in Broome. The program aims to disseminate parish news, general Catholic news and views, featuring interviews with people connected with the parish, including those from local Catholic schools and the Broome Campus of Notre Dame University. Listeners are invited to call the program during its live broadcast time of Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 9:00. Br Shane, who lectures at the Broome Campus of Notre Dame University, coordinates the Justice, Ecology and Peace Office of the Diocese. You can find out more about his radio show at this LINK. The CathNews report on his meeting with the Minister can be found at this LINK.

Trinity College

Trinity student chosen to attend The Hague

YEAR 11 TRINITY STUDENT, MICHAEL WRIGHT, was one of ten students chosen to represent Western Australia at the 44th United Nations Youth Association’s National Conference in Adelaide from 10-17 July 2005. The Conference brought together 83 secondary students from Australia and New Zealand. Each delegate represented a UN member state. Delegates participated in formal debates representing their country in the format of the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and other committees, meeting with their caucusing blocs to lobby prior to debating sessions. At the conclusion of the Conference, Michael was chosen as one of 17 students who will form the Australian Delegation to The Hague Model United Nations (THIMUN) from 22-27 January 2006. The students will write the resolutions that will be debated during the weeklong simulation. All of those that are passed will be presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a gauge of world youth opinion. After this event the students will continue their research from their home bases and return to Canberra in October to participate in videophone interviews with possible interviewees such as John Bolton and Hilary Clinton. Congratulations to Michael on his outstanding achievement!      

Olly's Wheelchair Workshop

Olly Picket to be guest speaker at Spirituality in the Pub

Br Olly Pickett will be the speaker at the next Spirituality in the Pub meeting at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow pub in Northbridge on 23rd August. His subject will be "The Contempoary Mission Experience". The meeting begins at 7.30pm and concludes just after 9.00pm and you're welcome to have a meal at the pub beforehand. This is the write-up provided in the SIP flier to promote the event.

"Christian Brother Olly Pickett taught for 30 years in schools in Western Australia. After teaching manual arts for 20 of those years, Olly opened a welding workshop in Wangara in 1992 for young people who had dropped out of mainstream education. In August 1998 Olly was approached by the Rotary Club in Scarborough to see if it was possible to manufacture wheelchairs for children affected by landmines, polio and other crippling diseases. So the project Wheelchairs for Kids was started. The organisation began in 1998 and combined the existing work of Brother Olly Pickett in his welding workshop with the Rotary Club of Scarborough who were looking for a partner to produce low cost wheelchairs for disabled children. With the assistance of over 70 volunteers, and with donations of money and services, the organisation has provided 5600 wheelchairs in 49 countries around the world. Come along and hear the story of this remarkable partnership from Brother Olly."

 Contact person for SIP is Deborah on 9390 1167 

CBC Fremantle

CBC Freo boys at World Vision Leadership Conference

MARK WALAWSKI has a note in the CBC Fremantle newsletter praising the efforts of a group of students getting involved in the World Vision Global Leadership Conference. He wrote: "It was fantastic to have the College represented by six of our future leaders at Challenge Stadium on Friday 24 June to attend the World Vision Global Leadership Conference. (LR) Tom Paten, James O'Neill, Zachary Wong, Aaron Ang, Brendan Sardelic and Josh Mott participated in various workshops which highlighted their passion about the state of our world, or global community. Amongst others, these boys were given the chance to be the sails and rubber of the boat. As a leader their vision and passion will give direction - a goal to work towards and make sure all others are aware of their responsibilities to the marginalized of this world. The boys attended workshops relating to life in a marginalized country such as Mozambique; the war on poverty; global leadership, fair trade and the up and coming 40 Hour Famine, where we as a College will work together to raise enough money to support 460 children. MAKE POVERTY HISTORY!"

And guess what? If you managed to get this far you've reached the last page of this newsletter. Best wishes 'til next time. Brian Coyne.


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