Friday, May 4, 2012

Reflections & News #2



Father Marcellin Champagnat founded the congregation of the Marist Brothers on 2nd January 1817, in La Valla, treasured today as the Cradle of the Institute. La Valla was the centre of the congregation until 1825, the year in which Marcellin decided to transfer the community to l'Hermitage, as the Mother House of the Institute.
 In 1858, when the number of Brothers had increased and  the Hermitage house was too small to accommodate everyone, the General House was transferred to Saint-Genis-Laval.
In 1903, when the persecution of secularism reached the Institute, the Brothers transferred the house from Saint-Genis-laval to Grugliasco near Turin. But only lasted for 36 years, before returning to Saint-Genis.
After a century of permanence in this place, the Provinces and Districts increased, and the Institute had then to look for a much larger house, from where to administer all the communities and their works.
And so, in February 1958, following a decision adopted at the meeting of 31st May 1957, the General Council decided to purchase a parcel (55,000 square metres) of land in Rome, located in a quiet area of EUR (Universal Exhibition of Rome) for 500 million liras.
Months later, on 27th October 1958, the president of the Italian Republic, signed the ordinance authorising the Brothers to purchase the land. And on 30th December 1958, Cardinal Micara granted permission for the Brothers to transfer the General House from Saint-Genis-Laval to Rome.
The following year on 18th February 1959, the definitive contract for the sale was signed.
On 24th May 1961, after several months of arduous work and expectation, the Brothers arrived officially at the new General House. On that day, Brother Vicente Lorenzo, the man behind the construction work, made the presentation of the new house to the Superior and offered him the symbolic key. The Superior General, Brother Charles-Rafael then said: "If divine Providence has brought us to Rome and prepared us for such a pleasant stay, we should not forget the simplicity and the harshness of La Valla, the humility and the wildness of the l'Hermitage valley, but constantly return to the spirit".


Acknowledgement: Brother Greg McCrystal (Drusilla 50) - Adelaide Marist News Vol 29
Posted: June 2019


Drusilla 54
 Diamond Jubilee
Special celebration for Eugene at Campbelltown - 2nd September 2018 - jubilee and 77th birthday.
Congratulations and best wishes, Eugene,  from your Drusilla confreres.
The Marist Community at Campbelltown, family members and other invited guests gathered in Schwager House in St Gregory's College to celebrate Br Eugene (Peter) Dwyer's 60th Jubilee as a Marist Brother and his 77th birthday. Drinks, speeches, cutting of the birthday cake and the presentation of the Jubilee plaque were held in the Brothers' lounge before lunch. A fine three course meal followed in the Brothers' dining room, prepared by the staff of Alliance Catering who provide all the meals for the Brothers (and the College).
Eugene's family members present for the occasion included his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jenny Dwyer, who drove up from Melbourne, and his brother Paul Dwyer, who flew across from Perth. Other guests included Brothers Peter Carroll (Provincial), Tony Paterson, Mark Paul, Kelvin Canavan and Matthew Clarke.
Eugene was tickled pink with the fuzz made of him!
In his speech, Tony Paterson briefly acknowledged Eugene's early teaching ministry in schools, his studies at Fordham University in New York and at Gregorian University in Rome, and then his outstanding contribution to formation in Marist Life both in Australia and on the international scene, followed by six years at  the Good Shepherd Seminary in Sydney.
As for the last ten years, Tony said: "In you ongoing ill-health, you have been a very radical witness to the Cross of Jesus. You once reminded us of the words of the Benedictine monk, Sebastian Moore, who wrote ' the crucified is no stranger' to God. You then went on to make it very clear that there is always a resurrection experience where one can feel and see the presence of God holding them up, and there is a great sense of hope with this. You continue to exemplify this is your own life and we are so grateful to you for this witness."
"The other important legacy of the last ten years is the ongoing love for your family and for all that is Marist. Your parents, the late Jack and Margaret Dwyer, your brothers Bill in Melbourne, the late Michael, Paul in Perth, and their families all stand with you today in solidarity; your ongoing example to the Marist Brothers and even your venture into some fraternal correction from time to time when I lived with you in recent years at Templestowe is something we appreciated and believe it or not, enjoyed!"

Acknowledgements: Br Greg McCrystal (Drusilla 50) editor Adelaide Marist News Vol 15, Brother Tony Paterson.
Posted: October 2018
Died 20th October 2018
Aged 77
Funeral St Patrick's Church, Kilmore, Victoria
Friday 2nd November 2018, 11.00am
Burial Kilmore Catholic Cemetery , 12.30 pm
Followed by refreshments at Fourviere Building, Assumption College
Rest in peace Eugene from all your Drusillian family and thank you.
Sincere sympathies to Eugene's family.
Acknowledgement: Peter Lawler (Drusilla 51) for this information.
Posted: 28th October 2018


This beautiful reflection taken from the funeral booklet of
John Hassett (Drusilla 52).
Died 5th September, 2018.
Funeral liturgy at Deepdene Church
Tuesday 11th September 2018.

Posted: September 2018



Jim Ryan, RIP  2018  (Drusilla 63)
Jim Ryan born in West Wyalong NSW 1941, attended college at Red Bend, Forbes, entered Novitiate in 1963 at Macedon,  was a Marist for 32 years, married to Janet in 1996, retired in 2011 from teaching spanning 46 years, died aged 77 in 2018.
What follows are summaries of some reflections and tributes received on the occasion of Jim's death.
PAUL CULLEN: Colleague from Carroll College
We mourn the loss of such an esteemed educator and gentleman. Jim Ryan was an outstanding human being and his rich legacy can be seen in the fortunate students who have passed through his classroom over the years and the many, many friends he garnered in a long professional career. No, for Jim, teaching was a vacation.
I was fortunate enough to be part of various senior retreats with him on a number of occasions. He is in my dream team of outstanding retreat personnel because of not only his deep faith but because of the unique way this entertainer had of capturing often-cynical adolescent attention.
In all the time I knew Jim, there was never a hard word to be said about anyone else. He invariably saw the good in people and this, amongst a plethora of other reasons, was why so many people respected and admired him greatly.
Another Jim Ryan legacy. He was a Marist Brother for 32 years and brought that Marcellin Champagnat philosophy to his teaching: understanding that being a "great teacher" is a constant struggle to always improve - like vintage wine; deep religious faith sustained him; enough humility to remember it's not about you - it was never about Jim; a willingness to work collaboratively - people genuinely sought both his company and advice.
Jim had all these qualities ... and more besides. How many teachers receive a standing ovation on retirement?
To Janet and his family, we extend our deepest sympathy. He has left a gap in our lives but he will live long in the memories of past students and colleagues who feel it is a privilege to have known him. May God grant him eternal rest as a reward for a full, authentic and rich life.
ROSS KEANE (Drusilla 60):  Principal, Champagnat College, Wangaratta 1974
I was a Marist Brother and lived in community with Jim Ryan at Champagnat College, Wangaratta. In 1974, the Marist Brothers co-operated with the Sisters of the Brigidine school on planning a re-organization of Catholic Education in the Wangaratta secondary schools. In 1975, the School Board decided to form two single sex middle schools and a co-ed senior school to be called Galen College. 
Galen College, Wangaratta
Jim was appointed the Principal (only ten years after beginning his teaching career) of the boys Year 7 - 10 school and it continued to be known as Champagnat College. Jim brought great energy to his role as Principal of Champagnat, which included boarders. All seven Brothers in the community were virtually on duty around the clock attending to added responsibilities of supervising after school activities, refectory duty and evening study supervision.
Jim's personality gave him tremendous rapport with  the middle-school aged boys. He related easily with both day students and boarders. His definite yet easy manner of relating with boys won him great respect. Both students and staff thought highly of him. The best side of his profile could be summed up as - A Big Heart and an Open Mind.
In 2017, Jim, Sister Cecilia and myself were invited to 40th reunion of the first class of students who progressed through the system of St Joseph's, Champagnat  and Galen Colleges. A sad part of the evening came when organizers read out a heart-felt letter from Janet Ryan (Jim's wife) in which she offered an apology on Jim's behalf because he was suffering from Alzheimer's. A feeling of great concern, sorrow and disappointment became very obvious in the room. Some had  very strong affectionate memories of the best teacher and friend they ever had.
Brother Jim Ryan

MICHAEL MITCHELL: former Principal, Carroll College, Broulee
Also see Jim's bereavement notice.
So here we are .... and I have a mental picture of Jim sitting back on a pew, arms crossed, that wry smile, and that characteristic cough, asking " what is all this fuss about?"
Jim, this fuss is about you, and the tapestry that has been your life - rich, vibrant, funny, earthy and grounded, a bit irreverent yet spiritual, and a tapestry that is soft, like a blanket, one that you wrapped around others throughout your life to make them feel safe, and warm, happy, cared for, and loved.
It was in 2000, I applied for and was appointed Principal at Carroll College, Broulee. To my great joy Jim applied for and was appointed Religious Education Coordinator at Carroll College and we started there together.

Jim never stood on 'airs and graces' and called a spade a spade. He had a healthy disrespect for things over pious and 'religious'.
Jim was a man of honour, sincerity, and generosity. He was able to connect with any person, of any age, allowing them to be valued and content with who they were. Jim saw the good in people and encouraged people to explore a spirituality that made sense, no matter one's faith or purpose in life.
He was a loveable character and his students and fellow staff members thought the world of him. Jim was an esteemed educator and man. Jim was an outstanding human being.
Janet, I found a special bottle of wine - it is called The Rascal ... every family should have one - I ask that you open it in twelve months' time, when hopefully the sun will at least start to shine again a little brighter than it is today, and once again give thanks to a beautiful and special man ... ours and yours Jim Ryan.
 Acknowledgements: Tributes sent in by Janet (Jim's wife) and Leo Keegan (Drusilla 63)
Posted: September 2018


1968 - 2018

On June 5th Marist College celebrated Champagnat Day and the 50th year of the College, with a Mass at 9.00am for the whole College Primary and Secondary student population (some 1600) together with parents. The College is located within the Parish (established in March 1968) of Mike and Pat Doherty (Drusilla 51) who are founding members.
Their eldest son (Tony now 57) Mike claims was an original Marist pupil. The circumstances was that, when the first building in the new College was completed, the nuns in our young Parish held grade 2 classes there for a couple of terms, pending completion of our Parish school. Mike and Pat have now had 2 sons and 7 grandsons attend Marist College. Their latest grandson, Joshua Merkel (Louise's son) is in Year 12 this year.
Pat and Mike, Canberra Reunion 2006

At the celebration on June 5th in honour of the Doherty's long Marist family connection, Joshua and Mike formed part of the procession of symbols before Mass. Representing those families with early and continuing involvement, Mike carried up on a cushion a metal silver heart and passed it to his grandson Joshua. The heart contained a USB with the name of every student who had ever attended the College.
Also attending the celebration was Peter Lawler (Drusilla 51) and some "Northern Province" mates.
Although there are no longer any Brothers on the staff at Marist College, the Provincial Brother Peter Carroll and eight other Brothers attended the anniversary celebrations. These included Brother Anthony Atkins, who was a Mittagong Novice in Mike's year 1954. 
Acknowledgement: Information provided by Mike and Pat Doherty,  and congratulations to Doherty family!
Posted: June 2018



Many Drusillians over the years would have some connection and recollection of the Marist school at Bendigo: ex-students, Brothers, and members of staff.
On 23rd April 2018, to celebrate this milestone in the school's history, a new building project (the Montagne Centre) was blessed and officially opened at the new campus situated at Maiden Gully. The original Marist monastery and school were in McCrae Street/ Hargreaves Street.

Original Marist Brothers' Monastery, McCrae Street

Part of School in Hargreaves Street

This new facility will cater specifically for students in their middle years of schooling.
A life-sized statue of the Brothers' founder St Marcellin Champagnat has been carved into a bench in an outdoor sacred space. The Marist Old Collegians commissioned the work in recognition of the patience and perseverance of the Brothers who had taught in Bendigo over its 125 year history. The sculpture was carved by Richard Yates from Chewton from a large piece of 129 year old cedar supplied by the Mount Alexander Shire.

Reflection from Brian Monro (Drusilla 49, Bendigo 47 and 48)

I have fond memories of Marist Brothers Bendigo where I attended during 1947 and 1948. Br Remigius was Principal, a superb Maths teacher, with Br Bernardine, Science, and Br Marcellin, English, also teachers of excellence. Other names come to mind: Brs Alexius, Herman, Silas, Flavius, for example and others too, some idiosyncratic but all having a memorable educational influence upon this boy arriving fresh from the nuns' primary school at nearby Kangaroo Flat.
Acknowledgement: material provided by Des Tuck (Drusilla 53) and reflection by Brian Monro (Drusilla 49).
Posted: May 2018




The following extract from  a longer article by the Provincial, Br Peter Carroll, provides a summary of extent to which the Australian Province exercises "Internationality".
The Australian Brothers have a long tradition of being engaged in international mission, particularly close to home, in PNG and the Solomon Islands. Our history there goes back many decades. Even though we have no Australian Brothers in Melanesia now, our commitment to overseas mission continues strongly.


We currently have Brothers living and working in 10 different countries - Algeria, Belgium, Cambodia, East Timor, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and South Africa. In all, over 20 Brothers - 10% of the Province and a much higher proportion of the Brothers engaged in active ministry.
Brother Julian Quinlan and PNG Prime Minister about 1984

Our Australian works in Cambodia and East Timor are a highly significant part of this international commitment and our Province mission. In East Timor, one of the most significant partnerships is with the Brazilian Provinces.
The primary focus of Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS) is funding projects in Asia, the Pacific and on occasions elsewhere. Its work helps keep us connected with activities in many parts of the world, and with other Marist Districts and Provinces.
We also have a proud tradition of contributing to the workings of the General Administration (in Rome). Australia has carried its fair share of responsibilities for the Institute.
The Province has a history of supporting the education of Brothers in Africa and recently we were able to arrange for Australian Catholic University (ACU) to provide two scholarships for overseas Brothers wishing to study in Australia.
This review is not meant to be self-congratulatory, or to suggest that Australia does more than any other Province. It is simply to remind us that internationality is a priority and will continue to be. We are fortunate to have fine resources, human and other forms, which we are happy to share with our Marist World.
While we can, we will.
Acknowledgements: Br Peter Carroll, Provincial, and Adelaide  Marist News published by Br Greg McCrystal (Drusilla 50 )
Posted: March 2018


Jack Kelly (2004)
Jack (JW) knew that a child's imagination was boundless. At Macedon in 1950s we had two John Kellys in training. To distinguish them we used their initials : "JW" and "JF".
From the start of his teaching career at the age of 18 as a Marist Brother in Melbourne, Victoria, to running Scribe magazine upon his retirement, he taught and encouraged young writers for more than 60 years. To launch Scribe he used his life savings and $5 sent in with each story submission.
Jack left the Brothers in 1960s. He taught in public schools in Bendigo from the age of 25, starting at the Golden Grove High School before transferring to White Hills Technical School - now Weeroona College - in 1970s.
His idea of encouraging young writers,  led to the creation of the Young Writers club in 1972, and then Scribe Periodical in the 1990s, giving children the freedom to have their unedited work printed for their peers. Jack's life work was giving children the confidence to explore their creativity.
Jack used to visit schools in the Bendigo area to recount the stories he had received. One teacher said it was a pleasure to watch Mr Kelly "weave his magic".  A simple five sentence story written by a budding Grade One author, which may have contained limited correct spelling or punctuation, would be read by Jack with such enthusiasm and expression. Once a child called out, "Mr Kelly, how can you read this? They've spelt words wrong and haven't used any full stops". Jack peered over his magazine and replied: "Well, this author is just starting off in their career. As they continue, they'll learn about those full stops and words but for now they have a story that has to be told!"
Jack celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends earlier this month.
Vale Jack Kelly: A life sharing tall tales from the bright minds of Bendigo.
What an inspiration to us all. Thank you Jack.
Acknowledgements: Brother John Meehan (Drusilla 50 ), Brother Des Hornsby (Drusilla 69)  and Adam Holmes (Bendigo Advertiser)
Posted: October 2017
Ad Jesum per Mariam
January 2nd, 1817
Saint Marcellin Champagnat
Saint Marcellin Champagnat was inspired to start an institute by an event, when as a parish priest he was called to administer the last rites to a dying boy named Jean Baptiste Montagne. Marcellin was struck by the fact the young man had no gauge of Christianity or prayer.
On January 2, 1817, the 23 year old Jean Marie Granjon and Jean Baptist Audras, fourteen and a half years of age, moved into a small house that Marcellin had rented for them in La Valla and which became the first Marist Brothers community. Marcellin taught them reading and writing, and looked after their formation as religious educators. Other young men joined the undertaking, among them Gabriel Rivat who, as Brother Francois, would later become the Brothers' first Superior General.
To all Marists, past and present, celebrating the bicentenary on January 2, 2017
[posted November 2016]
 Bicentenary at Somerton SA
January 2nd 2017
Brother Joseph Hughes (Drusilla 60) and his community at Somerton, Adelaide organised a celebration for the Bicentenary in the grounds adjacent to the Brothers' Monastery. 56 guests attended including 23 Marists

Brother Marius does the 'honours'

Trish and Bill Jolley (Drusilla 54), Cyril Brown (centre, Drusilla 60 )
Brother Kevin Hoare (Drusilla 48), Tony Kennedy (Drusilla 51)
Trevor (Drusillla 61) and Dolores Byrne, Brother Mark Needham (Drusilla 62)
Peter Williams (Drusilla 65) and Brother Doug (Drusilla 52 )
There were over 50 Marists and friends gathered for the occasion

There was a brisk cool southerly blowing which made it necessary to don jumpers and jackets. But this did not deter the relating of many stories and memories that we shared.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all. Thanks so much to Brother Joseph and his community.  

Acknowledgements: Brother Greg McCrystal  (Drusilla 50) for the photos; Brother Joe Hughes (Drusilla 60)
Posted: January 2017
Adelaide, South Australia
Many of our Drusilla confreres would be familiar with Sacred Heart College (SHC), Somerton in South Australia. Some went to school there,  others have been on the staff, and others have visited there at some time.
Official Opening and blessing Sunday 19th July 1959
Final official farewell to Pavilion April 2016
Brother Romuald, Headmaster SHC in late 1950's early 1960's, had this pavilion built. Being a War Memorial it must have attracted some sort of funding. Brothers on the staff (with the help of some of the boarders) assisted in the "construction" after school each day, by preparing stacks of bricks for the brick layers for the following day. Brother Romuald incorporated into the building  a room where he could entertain the Headmasters of other Adelaide colleges during cricket and football matches (see last two sets of windows on the right of the above photo).
Beginning of demolition of the Pavilion. Tuck shop windows still visible.
Those familiar with this site at SHC will be able to visualise that all the buildings on northern  side of the oval were being demolished to make way for a new development. After about two weeks the final stage of the demolition was the Pavilion.
Demolition of Pavilion almost completed.


This view of the college in background on left has been obscured for nearly 60 years. Gym equipment for recycling in foreground.
Pavilion sign finally down.
Many memories associated with this Pavilion over almost sixty years use. Farewell Pavilion, and thank you Brother Romuald (RIP).
Demolition stage just about completed
New 'pavilion': Brother Joseph McAteer Centre
Brother Joseph was Principal 1916 - 1924
Built College Memorial Chapel
Acknowledgement: Terry O'Brien (alias Brother Albert), staff member from 1958 till 1961, for photos and text.
Posted April 2016

 The Evolving Role of the Marist Brothers within a Broader Ecclesial Community.
Acknowledgement: Brother Michael Green FMS (Executive Director of Ministries for the Marist Brothers Province of Australia) has agreed to posting the following extracts from an article he published in a recent edition of the Australian Catholic Record (Vol 92, No 2, June 2015)

The Marists were one of the ecclesial families to emerge from the extraordinary spiritual and missionary renewal currents flowing through the nineteenth-century French Church, and more specifically its Lyonnais fervour.  Their founders imagined a new way of being Church, one that was self-consciously Marian both in its intent and in its character.  They saw themselves sharing in the eternal 'work of Mary', as they called it, of mothering Christ-life to birth, of nurturing its growth in themselves and in others, and of standing with the Church as it came to be.
A New Ecclesial Context
As they have discerned their own priorities for ministry and community, the Marist Brothers have come increasingly to focus on what should be their specific contribution as consecrated members of this broader Marist ecclesial family.  In a watershed circular that discussed the growing role of lay people in Marist life and mission almost a quarter of a century ago, Br Charles Howard, then Superior General of the Marist Brothers, posed this question to his confreres: if the Institute were not experiencing such a downturn in the number of Brothers in some parts of the world, would it be so concerned with fostering the vocation and involvement of lay people?  As someone enthused by Vatican II, he answered his own question with a decisive YES!
The Marists' Retention and Expansion of Their Existing Ministries
The Marist Brothers were invited to Australia to conduct Catholic schools.  The capacity of the school to be a privileged place for the evangelisation of young people is something that remains deeply rooted in the psyche of the Marists.  Their principal ministry in the Church continues, therefore, to be in Catholic education, with some expansion to include youth welfare, youth ministry, advocacy for the rights of young people, and overseas solidarity project associated with young people in need.  Because this has occurred at a time when the number of Brothers has become fewer, two questions have presented themselves: (1) what is needed in terms of staff formation for these works to continue as authentically Marist ministries? and (2) how should the Brothers be positioned with respect to them?
A New Wineskin
For someone to be a genuine Marist educator, that person needs to be a Marist.  And to be Marist is to have a conscious sense of being caught up in God's mission in the world, and of living this out through the graced way of Christian discipleship first introduced by St Marcellin and later enriched by successive generations of Marists, and as part of the Church.  Formation and ways of being associated are more and more designed, therefore, to be attempts through which the members of this Marist spiritual family can grow collectively as Christ's disciples and become Christian communities of mission.
The way chosen for this to occur is to establish a public association of Christ's faithful to be called The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat, with its members known simply as Marists.  Its membership will be inclusive of Marists broadly, with the Brothers inevitably forming a relatively small proportion of the whole.  That is, without compromise to the integrity of the Institute itself or the consecrated identity of the Brothers, there will be a new paradigm for how Marists exist in the Church.
The Particular Contribution of the Brothers
This new paradigm gives the Brothers not only greater freedom for their own placement but more focused responsibility for their role as consecrated men.  The presence of well-formed, theologically literate and professionally capable lay Marists has meant that the Brothers are less required for administrative and leadership roles in ministries.  The growing role of the Brothers within the Association and in Marist ministries is akin to that of consecrated persons in the wider Church: to be spiritual guides, to be a leaven of community, and to be exemplars of unbounded generosity in service of God's mission.
A growing proportion of the members of the Australian Province of the Brothers now find themselves in ministries that are more specifically concerned with spiritual formation both of adults and youth, with spiritual direction, with writing on spiritual themes, and with personal accompaniment.
The Role of Religious on the Peripheries
Like many other apostolic religious institutes, the Marist Brothers were founded especially for people on the margins - in their case initially for children and youth in rural France, and orphans and disabled young people among the urban underclasses.  It remains in Brothers' DNA to want to be with and to advocate for young people who are, for whatever reasons, disengaged, disenfranchised and disempowered.  The same would be the case for religious in many institutes.
The rhetoric of the Institute of the Marist Brothers in recent years has involved a call to its members to live a 'new way of being a brother.'  This is sometimes misunderstood to imply that the consecrated life needs to be somehow reconceptualised or reinvented.  It may be closer to the mark, however, to see with T.S. Eliot that all our exploring will lead us to 'where we started and know the place for the first time.'  For the Marist Brothers this is being understood to mean a consecrated life that has Jesus at its centre; that is joyful; that fosters in Brothers a desire to be both mystics and prophets; and that is marked by a common life that is fraternal, simple and generous, and is radically shaped by the evangelising needs of young people.  Informed by a postconciliar ecclesiology, it is also a life to be lived in communion with others, especially other members of a wider Marist ecclesial family, and in dialogue with the world.
{ Posted: July 2015}
Mural at Monte Casino Benedictine Monastery
{photo courtesy Jenny O'Brien}


A prayer synonymous with Champagnat's Marist Brothers, and Marist Eudcation.
We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God,
Despise not our prayers in our necessities,
But deliver us from all evil,
O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.
Sub tuum praesidium,
Confugimus Santa Dei genetrix

Nostra deprecationes

Ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris
Sed a periculus cunctis
Libera nos semper
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
{the following extract is from the doctoral thesis being prepared by Jenny O'Brien (San Anselmo Pontifical University, Rome)giving an indication of the antiquity of this prayer to Mary, going back to third century}
"While some churches included readings and preaching about Mary in the context of the birth of Christ without having a specific feast day in her honour, others, particularly in the East, celebrated Mary under the title Theotokos, often in the week prior to Christmas. Although the term Theotokos is usually translated into English by the imprecise phrase "Mother of God" , its true meaning is  "the one who gave birth to the one who is God".
It is the link with the central truths of Christology that makes this title of Mary so important and the reason for its early appearance in both the prayer texts and theological writings of the Early Church. It is also the reason for its connections with the feast of Christmas. In fact, the earliest known prayer to Mary, using this term, was reputedly found in an Egyptian Christmas liturgy dating from around 250, Sub Tuum Praesidium, although written in Greek."
[posted May 2015]

Snippets  from Br Des Howard
Drusilla 63
Epistle One:Philippines
Email forwarded by Des on 17/12/2014

" I returned from the Philippines on December 16 after facilitating an almost three week immersion experience for Year 13 Sacred Heart College (Somerton SA) students and teachers in the Philippines. Needless to say it was a powerful, engaging and life-giving experience for the group as we encountered the richness of another culture and allowed the poverty of real people, nourish us.
Ron Fox's (formerly Brother Adrian ) grand daughter, Lani, was among the group - one of ten highly motivated students. These young folk work hard all the year in preparation for the immersion, not only raising funds for various projects which is an amazing generous fund-raising venture, but also forming a group spirit and being prepared for what is usually culture shock.
So many apply for this positive option to holidays that Sacred Heart College sends groups to India, Fiji and the Philippines. So much more to say but this is for the wonderful Marists on your network (followers of this blog) to know the world-wide network of Champagnat's dream.
Thanks for keeping us informed about Marist happenings. Br John Maybon (Drusilla 51 ) and Br Peter Howes (Drusilla 58 ) were able to attend Bernie Scott's (Mittagong 47 ) requiem on 17th December 2014   , which they described as a beautiful family experience. Fr Austin Cooper OMI spoke truly of the brilliant Bernie.
Wishing you and all of our Marist people much peace and happiness. "
Posted January 2015
Epistle Two: Pilgrimage
Email forwarded by Des on 24/05/2015
Thanks Terry for your latest on the wonderful men who relate so personally to "Drusilla".
Last Thursday (21st May), five of us (Dacius, Bertinus (Drusilla 54), Majella, Arthur (Drusilla 51) and I) left our very pleasant senior brothers house in Fitzroy North (Brunswick) for a pilgrimage of  some Victorian Marist sites.
We did a tour of Marist Kyneton where a semblance of past memories is evident, then onto the Fitzpatrick (Majella's family) farm at Maldon, a vertitable treasure of the Gold rush era, but in contrast, the farm was a struggle in drier times. Thence to huge and thriving metropolis of Bendigo(which has overtaken Ballarat expotentially). Lunch with the monks: Des Hornsby (Drusilla 63 and as alive and humorous as ever), Linus (Drusilla 50), Kev Langley (Drusilla 59) and Mark Needham (Drusilla 62), was a warm and lively encounter.
Mark is now the Director of Marist Mission in the newly established Marist Brothers School at Maiden Gully, together with Darren McGregor, the Principal (an old boy of Sale) were so proud to identify Marist icons on the developing and wide spread campus, (now Year 7 and 8 but eventually Prep to Year 12).
We were introduced to:
  •  the Chapel in the woods (although Mass will not be at 4.00am!),
  • the Montagne Centre,
  • the Gier reflective garden site,
  • the Hermitage building, (all of which have stones from the original sites in France, as sources of the story).
The School caters for the most poor in the demographics of Victoria as well as the burgeoning rich who have moved to the valley in growing numbers. There is a sense of pride about the Marists story which parents and students are embracing - obviously a claim to what is of value and touches the human spirit. We were treated graciously and felt proud that Marist means so much. How do you put that into words?
On our return to Melbourne we called into "Drusilla" which is still so much a part of our story. The old homestead and gardens continue to spread awe and glory, thank God. We continued onto the monks home a little up the road and experienced a fraternal afternoon tea with Jack Skehan (Drusilla 58) and Neil Emmett (Drusilla 60), and so ended a glorious camino.
I was delighted to read about Brian Flynn (Drusilla 48) - see Relections and News #2) and I express my feelings of compassion for him and his ailing wife Theresa. Brian (Killian, as  I knew him) was by far the best teacher I have encountered. His organizational shills were exceptional. I remember when he took over the holiday program for we Juniors at Wangaratta. He brought it alive with so many simple but enjoyable competitions ... amazing.
[posted May 2015]
{attributed to St Bernard of Clairvaux}

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
That never was it known that anyone
who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful,
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

[posted December 2014, courtesy Greg O'Regan (Canberra)]



BRIAN FLYNN (Drusilla 48) - formerly Brother Kilian

{posted October 2014, some additional information provided by Brother Kevin Hoare}
Brian was one of group of 11 Juniors who began at Drusilla the year it commenced as the Juniorate for the Melbourne Province in 1948. His family came from Mitiamo where his father had a bakery shop. Prior to Macedon he attended Assumption College, Kilmore. Brian, Kevin Hoare, and Kevin O'Connor came to Macedon in May 1948 in time for the official opening and blessing, as Brother Placidus, the Provincial, was looking for more recruits to bolster the numbers for the opening.
First group of Juniors 1948: from the back John Quinlan, Ron Harding, Brian McGrath, Geoff Hornsby, John Hopgood,, Terry Gleeson, Peter Alexanderson, David Edwards.
The above photo shows the original eight Juniors, who took great pride in calling themselves the JuniorEIGHT. The original year 9 classroom was the room just next to the chapel, and Intermediate was just inside the back door which became Brothers' dining room. The Juniors, up until 1953, did not go home for Christmas holidays. In 1948 they spent two weeks at Camberwell, then, in the back of the ute, went over to Mount Gambier for another two weeks.

 In 1951, Brian was also among the first group of 6 Macedon 'graduates' (see photo below - top row, second from left)  who moved to the Novitiate at Mittagong to continue their training as Novices. Brian, Terry Gleeson, and Gerald Smith had finished Matric. Brian McGrath and Kevin Hoare had completed Intermediate, while John  Della had spent the year teaching at Hawthorn.
Brian (Brother Kilian) spent time at New Norcia (where Br Oswald was the Principal), and at Parkes and Leeton where he was the Principal. From Leeton he went to Genoa in Italy where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained for the Wagga Diocese. In the early seventies Brian moved to Canada. Leo Hurley and Des Connolly went over there also about the same time.
First 'Graduates' from Macedon - Novitate Group 1951: from back Br Brian (Joachim) McGrath, Br Brian (Kilian) Flynn, Br Kevin(Basil) Hoare, Br Terry (Ernest) Gleeson, Br John Della    , Br Paul (Novice Master), Br Gerald (Aidan) Smith
 Brian has been living in Canada since early 70's, and is on our Drusilla mailing list. Here is a recent  reflection he sent:
....... many thanks for keeping us informed in all departments. I look forward to your communiques as much as I miss the opportunity to attend reunions. Brother Kevin (Hoare)   keeps in touch quite a bit. I miss my old friend Leo McVeigh (died earlier this year).
I had a deep regard for John (Quinlan) whose wife Margaret died recently  and deeply appreciated his company back in 1948. There were four of us (Terry Gleeson, Geoff Hornsby, John Q and I) in Intermediate. Our classroom was what became the monk's dining room after 1948. We didn't learn a heck of a lot but we had a pleasant time. With Geoff and Terry gone to New Life, John and I are the last of the four in Intermediate, and of the seven in Proficiency I can think of a couple who have died (Brian McGrath and John Hopgood).
Life rolls on for me. It hasn't been a grand year for health and, my bride Theresa is rapidly moving into the murkiness of Alzheimer's. I am succeeding in keeping her at home and will do so as long as possible. Thank goodness, she is a happy traveller.
Many fond memories. I often recall "I'm looking over a four leaf clover" - Parkes days, New Norcia days. So many good things.
Blessings and Peace. Brian Flynn  (17/10/2014)

Red Bend Catholic College

{Acknowledgements: news item suggested by Peter Lawler (Drusilla 51), information sourced from Wikipedia and Media Blog for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, with additions from Br Jack Skehan (Drusilla 58)}
7th BISHOP of  the Diocese of WILCANNIA-FORBES
His Holiness Pope Francis has recently appointed the Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green as the next Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes.
Born in Forbes, NSW in 1968 Murray (Macbeth) Green was educated at Red Bend Catholic College from 1980 - 1985 (Jim Jolley was the Principal at that time). Upon leaving school, he taught music and joined the Army Reserve as a Piper.
In 1990, he joined the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers). He studied for the priesthood at Vianney College, Wagga Wagga NSW.
In 1996 he made his final vows, and was ordained a priest at St Michael's in Wagga Wagga in 1997 taking the religious name of Fr Columba Macbeth-Green. Then is 2014  he was appointed the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.
[posted May 2014]

{Reflection  provided by David Kammer (USA). See previous reflection in this menu "Reflections and News #2" under heading "Word is Spreading"}


God is here with us and loves whether it hurts or not. To reveal and prove that God is here and loving, God has positioned himself to love in the "hurting environment" of human living. First he has become small in a rough crib. Thus, we have the incarnation; thus we have Christmas.
With the incarnation God makes clear his loving presence (a presence that always was and is with us). He makes clear the love that is willing to accept many dyings as well as final human dying!
And in so doing God is telling us that self-giving is the way he loves and self-giving is the way for us to live, to live by dying, by loving .... and so to be who we are meant to be. Christ has died; Christ is risen! Christ leads us; he is Lord. I am led to conclude that we are saved by both the incarnation and the Cross.
[posted January 2014]



A casual conversation after a coffee at Gloria Jeans recently with a mother whose son had just celebrated his 40th birthday: among the guests at the celebration were between 10 and 15 of his class mates from his days at St Joseph's (now Sacred Heart Middle School) Mitchell Park and Sacred Heart College Senior School Somerton Park in 1980's. Andrew's mother remarked that the closeness and lasting bond these young gentlemen had was due in part to the Marcellin influence and Marist charism instilled into them at those schools.
[posted December 2013]


First Edition: April 2013
Revised Edition: July 2018
{The first edition of this poem was written by Mike Doherty (Drusilla 51) and presented to confreres at the Shepparton Reunion 2013. Mike revised and added to this edition in 2018. The "Salve Regina" is a signature tune of the Marist Brothers chanted at morning and evening prayer, and at funerals of deceased Brothers and confreres.}
 Mike Doherty
Who was it once said "Death, where is thy sting?"
 ( But I can't remember the rest of that thing).
Did he seek life's encore? No  ...., in peace, I am sure,
 Just lay there, awaiting last "Salve" to ring.
And as I await the Lord's "visiting thing",
(It won't be too long now, the bell will soon ring!)
Just one thing I crave, - when facing the grave:
 Some confreres around, my "Salve" to sing.
But time is now passing and here is the thing,
The number of confreres is getting quite thin.
And my constant fear, - as that day grows near,
They won't be around, my "Salve" to sing.
So here's my idea, we record the whole thing,
The "Salve" on CD - we'll all stand and sing!
And then it won't matter, - who's last on the ladder,
We'll each hear our "Salve", as upward we wing!
So that's what we did, each Sister and Brother,
We all sang our "Salve", (not tuned to each other).
The voice from each throat, - not always on note,
Our passionate pleas, sent up to our Mother.
Then Mary above had to chide her dear Son,
"Oh patience, dear Jesus, please let him go on.
Although not in key, -  their hymn pleases me.
Perfection will follow, when their time has come". 
And that made me ponder: when singing up yonder
How to control, the heavenly song?
Every tongue, every age - a cacophony of praise.
How do they manage, to stay on one page?
All singing in Latin? - or Greek? - or new tongue
That only in heaven we learn on the run?
But God only knows, - we trust He bestows
Enough of our praise, to be discord to none!
And then I remembered Saint Paul, the great seer.
"Eye cannot see; and ear cannot hear
Mind can't conceive, - what we're to receive
When race is finished, and God becomes near."
So put fears aside, Drusillians please,
And hear this last "Salve", rendered with ease.
At Leeton we sang, - with gusto and twang.
All cares for the future, - just gone like a breeze.
And later, Drusillians, confreres of mine,
We'll sing praise forever, with voices divine.
Cecilia with glee, - will keep us in key.
Eternal the moment, past earth ..., space ..., and time!
{Many of us can relate to Mike's wishes above. As a result of this, at the Shepparton Reunion 2013, Tony Alonco (Drusilla 53) made a recording on his Ipad of those gathered singing the "Salve".}
 [First Edition posted April 2013, Revised Edition posted July 2018]


{Reminiscence by Jack Kelly (Drusilla 51) affectionately known by his contemporaries at Drusilla as the "late J W". Jack has worked with young people at the same school for nearly 46 years - a group called the Young Writers Club - . Check out the great work he is doing on this web site}
Brother Brendan was a snowy haired senior member of the community of St Patrick's College at Sale, in Gipplands Victoria. Retired from teaching, he was an inspiration to this young monk as he attended all religious exercises with piety and worked around the gardens. He brings to mind the old wisdom of Brother Arcadius at Mittagong Novitiate, who wrote the following:
Young monks look holy
but they aren't.
Older monks don't look holy
and they aren't.
Old monks look holy
and they probably are.
[Acknowledgement: Br Arcadius]
Anyway Monday mornings at that busy boarding school was always an effort. Hey ! Hey !  It's Monday !!  Perhaps it didn't help that Sunday nights when all the dormitories were sound asleep the monks would gather in the common room, a nice distance away and have a social evening. There Br Climacus would ply this young monk with port wine and he would sometimes have a bit of trouble finding his way back to his room!
Anyway this Monday morning this young monk was at the breakfast table with Brother Brendan as slowly the rest of the community turned up.
As breakfast progressed Brother Brendan opened a piece of paper and coughed gently.
"Ahh  ..  Brothers. A small poem occurred to me as I thought of these Monday mornings."
And quietly he read out,
Laudetur rings the morning bell !
No answers given to it.
The fumes of alcohol have brought
Disaster to the spirit.
It was not many years later that Brother Brendan was in hospital and one night inspiration came to him again.
"Nurse !" he called.  Nurse !!"
A nurse appeared.
"A pen nurse! A Pen !"
The nurse appeared a little later with a bedpan.
"No No. a pen please. A pen.  I have something to write down."
I wonder where Brother's writings are today. 
We know where he is.
[posted August 2012]




Born 14 May 1949: Adelaide
Died 10 March 2012: Melbourne

{Excerpt from Eulogy by Gerard Toohey (Drusilla 67)}
Posted April 2012

Dennis was born in Adelaide. His parents were Patricia Mary Daphne Murphy and Edwin James Gapper. He did his primary schooling at Croydon Catholic Primary, then moved to Sacred Heart College, Somerton for his secondary education. At age 15 he moved to Champagnat College, Wangaratta to complete his secondary education and to discern whether to join the Marist Brothers.
 "After completing Year 12 in 1966 (at Wangaratta), Dennis went to ' Drusilla' at Macedon in 1967 .... While religious study was important, so too was sport, hiking, and property maintenance. At that time maintenance involved lots of fencing and cutting down of very large trees. There was an unfortunate event one day with a particular tree being removed. (Many of us who went through 'Drusilla' can relate to this kind of activity). A large 1.5 metre long steel lever used to exert tension on a steel rope pulling that tree suddenly flicked back, hitting Dennis with enormous force on his forehead. We held our breath as he was carried off in an ambulance to Melbourne. It was clear for some days that Dennis's life was in the balance. But, he was made of tough stuff, and with a plastic patch in his skull, not to mention an amazing scar, he miraculously survived that near-death experience. Thankfully he returned to full health, and a line of bad jokes such as "I guess something had to knock some sense into me!"
Following the training in religious life and the perils of tree removal with unforgiving machinery, Dennis moved to Monash University where he undertook a Bachelor of Science ... and a Graduate Diploma of Education. In his Science course he studied computer programming, using Fortran - for the younger generation, that is the computer equivalent of writing, not with a biro but a feather dipped in ink. Armed with university qualifications, Dennis became a teacher at schools in Traralgon, Forbes and Wagaratta.
In December 1975 Dennis decided on a personal and career sea change, leaving both the Marist Brothers and the profession of teaching, forcusing instead on the world of computing."


Patrick Ryan was a student at Marcellin College Camberwell (1961 - 1964) and Bulleen (1965 - 1967) but had two older brothers (John and Bernard) there before him in the 1950s. What follows is Patrick's reflection (abridged) on the influence and impact the Marist Brothers had on his life.
[Posted March 2012. Photos, cuttings, and text courtesy Patrick Ryan]
Br Gregory (McCrystal) was a young man in 1961 (when I started in Year 6) and was universally liked. He taught me in 1962 and 1963 and was my cricket and footie coach for several years. He loved to play cricket and footy with us after school (as did Des Tuck and Br Denis (Wright) - both outstanding sportsman. They were formative years and these men were not only dedicated teachers but also allowed us to have fun and participated with us. For me, sport was vital in liking school.
I asked Brother Gregory in 2004 whether he ever regreted being a Marist Brother and not being financially rewarded for his many years of teaching, especially as a senior school administrator (with onerous responsibilities). He told me proudly that it was reward enough to see that his life's work had impacted positively on the lives of so many people.
I studied Law at university and became a partner in a prominent national law firm. So I (and my family indirectly) owe so much to the Marists and men like Br Gregory and especially the late Br Egbert (Vincent Daly).
I remember speaking by phone with Br Egbert in the late 1980s when he was unwell and living at Macedon. I thanked him sincerely for his inspiration to study and for giving me a love of history (and geography) which I carried through into my university studies.
Br Augustine (Leo Hurley) taught me in my Matriculation year (when he was Principal at Bulleen). I thought he was ahead of his time in his thinking about successful secondary education. I should add that in 1980s Leo Hurley taught my neice at Aquinas College, Ringwood. He was much liked and respected.
There were other Marists who were important to me including my footy and cricket coach Br Celsus (Lyons). Of course, his brother Br Romulus (Daniel John Lyons) OAM was an amazing Maths/Science teacher and was recognised in 1988 with an Order of Australia for his contribution to education. I also discovered in recent times that the late Br Aubrey (Michael Tobin) - our English master is a distant relative of mine!
There is an interesting photo (see above) in Marcellin's 1966 School Annual (Ad Altissima) which shows new Principal Br Augustine (Leo Hurley), Br Gregory (McCrystal - Drusilla 50 ), Br Egbert (Vincent Daly), Br Reginald (Philip Bugg - Drusilla 54 ), Br Aubrey (Michael Tobin), Br Sebastian (Tony Kennedy - Drusilla 51 ), Br Celsus (Lyons) and Br Romulus (Daniel John Lyons). What an extraordinary contribution those men made to education in this country.
The only photo I have of Br Bernardine (Des Tuck - Drusilla 53 ) was taken when he took his first vows in 1959 [see Photo Gallery #1]. His time at Marcellin was short but he did return to Melbourne in late 1960s and played an amazing season in 1970 for Marcellin Old Boys. It was claimed that the tall, fair-haired Des Tuck was a better footballer than his brother Frank who was captain of Collingwood in its premiership year of 1958. My own observations would strongly support that view. I should add that Br Denis Wright was a truly gifted cricketer and footballer. From reading Ray Carroll's 1976 history of Assumption College (The Fields of Green), I think Dr Denis was "Jimmy Wright" who played cricket and football in the Firsts for Assumption College and was a school leader there in the late 1940s/1950.

It was sad to see the sale of Marcellin College Camberwell in 1992 but I am very pleased to see a commemorative plaque is in place today to recognise those men and women who taught there and those students who passed through its gates. I know the plaque was the idea of Br Greg McCrystal.

Patrick Ryan: March 2012



[posted March 2011]

Kevin's Novitiate Group 1952

Kevin at very front.
The outreach of our Drusilla blog has been amazing. What follows is another example to reflect on.
In 2011, the following emails were received by Terry O'Brien (Drusilla 49)

28 February

My name is Angela Vincent and I am the daughter of Kevin Kyne. I knew my dad once studied to be a Marist Brother and it was great when a friend emailed me the Drusilla website so I have been able to get dates and even a couple of photos. In your profile [in the Drusilla blog] it says you were there at Macedon the same time as my dad. I was wondering if you can remember him at all and if there is anything you could tell me about him. I was only 4 years old when he died and I have no memories of him. Anything you could remember would be great.

Replied the same day with some reflections on what I remember about Kevin.

Then this reply from Angela on 2 March.

Thanks so much for the email. You have no idea how much it means to me. Reading it made me feel as if my dad actually existed.

What follows is a gathering of memories of Kevin from some of his Drusilla colleagues, and in particular his Mittagong novitiate group: Brian Monro (Drusilla 49), John Quinlan (Drusilla 48). and Brian Greaves (Drusilla 49).

Brian Monro made this comment: "What a great act of love that his daughter is seeking to build up a picture of the father she knew only fleetingly, from those who knew him as a youth."


Kevin came to Macedon in 1949 from St Pat's College, Sale along with Brian Greaves. Kevin's parents were dairy farmers near Sale. His most clearly remembered feature was his distinctive crop of thick copper red hair. He was a quiet and unassuming character noted for his unfailing optimism and enthusiasm, and was totalling involved in all aspects of life at "Drusilla". He probably got up to less mischief than some of the rest of us. He had a dry sense of humour, and was very down to earth. He was a good mate and we all liked him so much.

In 1950, we (the Juniors) all went to Sale for the Christmas break. We went out to Kevin's family farm to meet his family and to help in a small way with the hay harvesting.

In December 1951, he went to Mittagong to begin his postulancy at the start of 1952. He decided early that year that he did not wish to pursue the life of a Marist Brother and left before July 2nd. This meant he didn't take the religious habit or name. Unfortunately like many others at that time, Kevin disappeared overnight with no comment or reference made to his departure nor an opportunity
to say goodbye. Thank goodness this custom soon passed.

By a strange coincidence in 1954, John Quinlan did National Service with Kevin at Puckapunyal in Victoria, they were in 14th Batallion. Some years later Brian Greaves met Kevin outside the Catherdral in Sale after Mass, he was then working on an oil rig just off the coast there.

Kevin died aged 38 years as a result of an industrial accident on 18 October 1974, leaving a wife, Eileen, with 5 children aged 14 to one month.



[posted December 2010]

{ This photo courtesy David Kammer (USA)}

Delegates at 1967-68 General Chapter

David is front row extreme left, and Br Ludovic Bourke (Drusilla staff 1949) is immediately behind him on left also

{Br Des Hornsby - Drusilla staff 69 - recently informed the Marist web site in Rome about the "Drusilla" blog. As a result of this the following email was received from USA on 8th December 2010. Thanks Des..

....yet I am very much a Marist at heart. Daily I peruse the FMS Rome web site .. and yesterday I encountered reference to your site there. I have tasted enough of that site to know that I want yet to go to every bit of it. Greetings Terry. My name is J. David Kammer. I was Br David Ottmar '42 for 28 years in the US
Great sharing, great to know that the Marist spirit lives on with so many of your confrefres. I plan to alert my Marist friends about your site.
Since you have shared your devoted work with us, allow me to share what we have done with you. Clearly both of our endeavours have come from the same Marists at heart. We are at:

David Kammer
Thanks David - welcome to this part of the Marist family.

Some background to David.
  • did second novitiate at St Quentin Falavier, France with Br Kenneth
  • was novice master for Poughkeepsie province for nine years
  • attended 1967 - 68 General Chapter of the Marists with Quentin, Othmar, Charles Howard from Sydney Province, and Ron Fogarty and two others from Melbourne Province he can't remember their names (any help here!) - thanks to Br Gerry Rush [Drusilla 52] they were Bertinus Feehan amd Ludovic Bourke.
  • his attachment to Church and to all things Marist continues at 89 years of age.




{information provided by Br Des Hornsby - Drusilla staff 69}

[Editor's note: what follows is a summary of the article and will resonate very clearly with us all. All sounds very familiar]

Recent Reunion Group - 17 October 2010..

Source: Marist News: December 3rd 2010: Number 131

Marist Brothers Website General House Rome:

Laudetur Jesus Christus et Maria Mater eius. It was with this prayer of praise we greeted each new day. We had learnt it from our first days in the houses of formation. In thanking the good God and his Mother Mary, who have always accompanied us, I wish to salute the Marist Brothers and thank them.

We know the Brothers as if they were our own. We know the sense of belonging. We breathe in the refreshing air of the Marist Family. We form part of this great network of the Marist mission in the world today. We who have been part of the Institute carry in our hearts and in our lives the teachings of the exemplary men who educated us.

In this home of all of us "Liceo Guatemala" - we have gathered to recall what were our first steps in the Christian life. In a Marist ambience, frank, serene and fraternal ...
Thanks to photos, we recalled places and companions, teachers and friends. During the gathering, we listened, we were listened to, and we shared part of our lives, what we are now and what we are doing ....
We celebrated this encounter in the Eucharist, and at table we shared the friendship which united us.

[posted December 2010]


The Footy Lament

by Brian Philp - RIP (Drusilla 51)
September 2009
(published with permission)

The time has come about again to pack the scarf away
I'll put some moth balls in a bag and wait another day
The beanie though is never cold, it's kept beside the bed
It's only taken off to wash; the footy's never dead.
The trusty "Record" takes pride of place, I keep them on the rack
Above the telly in the lounge to enjoy with fireside snack.
Now every week I've seen a game and yell with all the rest,
"He's dropped the ball you stupid fool. You're ruinin' the game, you pest."
The mug is white, he's wrong each week, he robs us of a win,
"You must be blind, that's not a free" - I give advice to him.
"Fair dinkum, mate, he's paid a free, and look it's right in front
A charity, a goal to him who pays a push for bump."
So home I go when siren blows, to see the relayed game
With "World of Sport" on Sunday morn' the frees are just as plain.
And now the final curtains drawn to close the season off
"The little wife has got some jobs" she announces with a cough.
"The grass is long and needs a mow, the house could use some paint"
The thought of work, without a game - I'm feelin' now quite faint!
One hundred and eighty days to go before I'm off the chain.
Well cricket, golf and tennis might just help relieve the pain.
Her last hurrah rings in my ears, it's followed by "Amen"
But I'm counting days and hours now, before it starts again.