I have just returned from a privileged experience at the Christian Brothers’ Congregational Chapter in Nairobi. These meetings come once every six years and present an opportunity for the Brothers to choose new leadership as well as explore new directions in mission and Congregational life. I will be eternally grateful for the Brothers' warmth of welcome, the generosity of hearts and the sense of belonging I experienced in this community.
As we become immersed in the busy-ness of the year, let us take the time to remind one another of the privilege that is ours in Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. The insights into authenticity presented by our Charter and its Touchstones challenge us to always go the extra step in our service of the Gospel and its priorities. Inclusion of those at the margins of our society is at the core of the Gospel.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.