Former New Zealand Marist, Gavin Foster, has elected to join the Australian province of the Marist Fathers.
Ordained in New Zealand, Gavin worked in his native country for a number of years before volunteering to serve the Asian mission in the Philippines.
After 20 years in Asia working as a formator, CPE supervisor, psychologist at the diocesan seminary and a chaplain for mental patients at Davo’s Psychiatric Hospital, Gavin was offered a years sabbatical study in Sydney.
Gavin’s transfer from the District of Asia took effect on 24 September.
He is continuing his ministry as full-time chaplain at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.
On Monday 25 November, Augusto Michael Trujillo, Catholic Relief Service’s southeast region relationship manager, presented Marist School Atlanta principal, Fr Joel Konzen with a Certificate of Appreciation that reads: “Catholic Relief Services would like to thank Marist School for your support to help our brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon Haiyan.”
The whole school community at Marist School Atlanta donated more than US$5,000 to Catholic Relief Services for efforts in the Philippines.
The superior general has announced that the 2013 Marist international novitiate will be located in Davao, Philippines and that Kevin Conroy will be the Novice Master.
Kevin is currently Rector and Superior of the Marist Seminary in Auckland and will leave this position in September in order to prepare for his new ministry. Read more
Filipino Marist Arnold Garferio made his final profession in Ranong on July 21. Read more
The Superior General has written to the New Zealand Provincial, Brian Cummings, advising him that he has appointed Pat Devlin as the new Major Superior of the Philippines District. Read more
On 25 March, three seminarians of the District of the Philippines renewed their vows in a simple ceremony in Davao City jail chapel.
Nino Memorial, John Gouwang, and Roque Rebito renewed their vows in the presence of inmates and Marist friends at a Mass led by Philippines District Superior, Fr Larry Sabud.
“We decided to have their renewal in the jail since the inmates have been part of their ￼training for Marist life priesthood,” Marist Formation Director, Fr Chris Ganzon said.
Ganzon explained that as part of their pastoral ministry programme the three seminarians visit the prison inmates each Sunday.
“It was great to do their renewal of vows in the jail,” he said.
“The inmates were very happy to witness the ceremony.”
Some Marists specialise. Others are general practitioners. Fr ‘Aliki Langi is both a general practitioner and a specialist, bridging the gap between Christian and Moslem. Read more