Prison Chaplains of NSW meet

Mick Walsh, our Provincial Leader, recently assisted some of the Prison Chaplains reflect on and pray about their ministry at a day held up at Delany House, The Entrance. Of course, aside from Mick having extensive experience in this ministry, we have Greg Walsh, who is chaplain out at Bathurst Correctional Facility. The Vincentian Family presence is furthered by Sr Maggie Reynolds DC. Please keep them all in prayer for the ministry the are involved in.

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Kaitu’u in Paris

Kaitu’u has been in Paris for nearly one month, experiencing the wonders of the Maison Mere and learning all sorts of things about Vincent and our heritage as Missioners. Here is what he writes:

Here in Paris, still adjusting to the change of time and food. Great diet though! Cheese and wine! I had to wake up some of this early morning to do some running or else ……

Programs a little too compact from three months to be squashed in to two months. But otherwise it is great indeed. A lot new findings and interesting sites. It is a pity came to know some of this stuff now after years of ministry. Fr. Adam and Fr. Borlick indeed have done well . The trip though was very tiring 23 hours flight was a little too much. I gues because this is my first long trip.

We manage to complete the first month. Language was a bit of problem since everyone here speaks French. Majority of us don’t understand anything they say. Drivers and cars on right hand side. Food slowly adopting to the new eating habits here. Not use to cheese and wine every day lunch and dinner, but I am managing day by day.

I am surprised to see the government of France repairing or renovating all our church building here in France. Big major repairs on all churches we have visited so far.

We visited our Archive and Museum and surprised to see records and proof of our founders writings and artefacts is still kept safe and secured. Also managed to visit some of the historical country sites where Vincent, Louise and some of our conferrer’s died because of their faith and mission. But I was sad that we lost this huge property of St. Lazare.

We will be visiting the rest of the historical sites for one week starting tomorrow and will be returning next week Friday.

Celebrating Norm Cassidy’s 90th birthday.

on the 13th September, Norm celebrated his 90th birthday. He is our oldest confrere. He has been ordained priest of the mission for 36 years. As was reported today, in the speeches at the luncheon, Norm has been a mentor to many, especially his family; he has been a gentle person who connects with people of all ages and brings the presence of Christ into situations. We give thanks to the Lord for the gift of Norm for, in the words of Terry, his nephew, we journey towards the next big occasion – 100 years!

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How children see us!

It is extremely interesting to understand how our children in the local Parish Primary School see us as priest, as a person, as a Vincentian. The St Anthony’s Primary School children decided to have a “Portrait” Day in which everyone had to draw a portrait of Fr. Brian. Scary though the thought is, some of the entrants were brilliant. If nothing, they are funny! Hope you all can have a giggle too.

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