Celebrating the visit of the Marist Brothers International Commission for Mission

Published: Monday 21st March 2016

Caption: Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student, Learning & Teaching), Br Peter Carroll, Provincial of Marist Brothers Australia, Ms Cate Sydes, CEO of Marist Youth Care and member of the International Commission for Mission, Br Joao Carlos do Prado, Director International Commission for Mission (Brazil), and Professor Dermot Nestor, Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

A cocktail party to celebrate the visit of the Marist Brothers International Commission for Mission to Australia was hosted by Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) at The Peter Cosgrove Centre on the evening of Thursday 17 March 2016.

The International Commission for Mission represents the mission of the Marist Brothers and Lay in various parts of the world such as South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia.The Commission is a think tank that comes together once a year to consider directions and priorities for the mission of the Marists around the world.

There are approximately 3,000 Marist Brothers and 40,000 Lay Marists in the world.

Through their Mission, the Marists support the education and care of young people, especially in needy situations, by conducting schools, universities, youth welfare projects, youth ministry programs, child rights advocacy offices, and community development initiatives.

There were 17 ACU staff and 19 Marists who attended the cocktail party at the Peter Cosgrove Centre.

Br Joao Carlos do Prado, Director International Commission for Mission (Brazil) gave a presentation on the significant work of the ICM around the world, while Professor Dermot Nestor and Professor Jude Butcher spoke about ACU's commitment to educating for social justice through the Core Curriculum, and our community engagement work, respectively. ACU has a long connection with the Marist Brothers and is pleased to continue to partner with them to support their outreach work around the world.

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