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Report of the Provincial, Brian Cummings on SM NZ to the 2009 General Chapter

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SM NZ Province Report SM NZ Province Report Presentation Transcript

  • He Titiro Whanui o Te Ropu o Mere Aotearoa An Overview of the Society of Mary in New Zealand New Zealand
  • New Zealand 2009
  • Mission Statement ❖ to proclaim the Gospel as Mary did so that it may be inculturated by the people of our time. View slide
  • Where we are 8 28 6 12 8 47 19 6 View slide
  • Close to you 28 14 14 4 14 3.5
  • Reconfiguration ❖ 2008 Chapter endorsed joining with Australia to form new Province in 2012. ❖ Marist Asia Pacific a real force for positive action and decision making.
  • Religious in NZ ❖ Second Largest Congregation ❖ 40 Congregations in NZ ❖ Only male congregation of priests with more than 10 members ❖ Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans,
  • SMNZ 2009 ❖ Year 2009 2001 ❖ Priests 121 159 ❖ Brothers 18 25 ❖ In formation 1 3 ❖ Total 140 187 ❖ Median Age 2009 69 years ❖ Deaths since 2001 39 ❖ Ordinations since 2001 0
  • What we do ❖ 7 “Foreign Lands” ❖ 24 Formation, Education, Young People ❖ 45 Parishes, Pastoral Areas, Maori Pastoral Care ❖ 5 Support of the Province ❖ 8 Spirituality, Marist Laity ❖ 8 Chaplaincy, Bishop’s Conference
  • Good Shepherd College ❖ A joint project with the Bishops of NZ and the SM ❖ Theological College - not a seminary ❖ 6 Marists work there
  • Where we live ❖ 14 Living overseas ❖ Almost all in community except some elderly/ retired. ❖ 29 Communities
  • Finances ❖ Almost all funded from investment ❖ Very few members of the province earn salaries ❖ Central Funding ❖ Means we determine our mission
  • Province Vision ❖ “it is no longer possible to carry on doing things the way we have - but there is still an opportunity to do things if we have the courage to change”
  • Seeing a way ahead ❖ A sense of Urgency ❖ A Guiding Team ❖ Change Vision and Strategy ❖ Communication so all onboard ❖ Empowering others to act ❖ Producing positive outcomes ❖ Creating a New Culture
  • Directions in Mission ❖ Three Major Strands ❖ “Foreign Lands” ❖ Formation, Education, Youth ❖ Missionary Parishes, Pastoral Areas
  • Significant ❖ Age Structure of the Province ❖ Life & Energy still - not only in Under 65 ❖ Loss of most young men from the Province ❖ Lay Ministry & Marist Charism ❖ 2 in formation ❖ 4 applications for 2010
  • Ko taku toa te toa takitini Together we will achieve the goal