An induction program for people new to EREA schools and Oceania Ministries.

Why Galilee?

Galilee was the region of Jesus’ childhood. It was here that he grew up:…immersed in the faith tradition and within his family. Galilee is the region in which Jesus commenced his ministry of teaching, healing and inclusion in the villages and synagogues of the region. It is the place from where he called his first disciples and is also the place where the women who supported his ministry came from.

Program Intent

The Galilee program provides an opportunity to meet people from other schools and ministries and to listen to their stories. (read more) It gives people the opportunity to see how their own story is part of larger stories: creation, the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth and the response of Edmund Rice to that gospel. It allows participants to reflect on how their story is also one that is full of liberation and possibility, just as it did for Jesus’ disciples in Matthew’s account of the Gospel:

"As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him."

(Matthew 4:18-20)

Program Objectives

This program intends to provide:

  • a valued induction experience that  fosters an appreciation and understanding of the mission of Edmund Rice Communities for today and a desire to contribute to this mission in their community and the wider network (of schools and/or ministries regionally, nationally, globally)
  • an enriching experience of networking and story-sharing that patterns the ways in which meaning is shared through participation in conversation and inquiry
  • an experience and exploration of what it means and what it could mean to be a part of the EREA and Oceania Province network
  • an experience of being a learning community and an inquiry into what it might mean to continue as a learning community

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • about the mystery of the Divine in creation and their own story.
  • about the story of Jesus and his central message of “Life in all its fullness”.
  • about the story of Edmund Rice and his response to the Gospel and the signs of the times.
  • about the charism of Edmund as a window into the Gospel of Jesus.
  • about the way ER charism is continuing today in the work of the CB’s and EREA.
  • about the central aspects and aspirations of our key documents such as The Charter and The Characteristics of an Edmund Rice Ministry
  • to develop skills that support ongoing learning, self-understanding and ways of being for mission (reflective practice, conversation, dialogue, journaling etc)

Participation and Engagement

Participants will engage in a range of learning and formation experiences across three distinct stages; Preparing - Gathering in Community - Continuing the Exploration. Learn more

Program Resources

Galilee Formation Program Reflection Sheet

Program Dates for 2017


29-30 May, Winbourne, Mulgoa
5-6 June, Winbourne, Mulgoa


20-21 March, Mercy Place, Bardon
27-28 April, Mercy Place, Bardon


27-28 July, Amberley
7-8 September, Amberley

Western (South Australia)

7-8 March, The Monastery
18-19 May, The Monastery

Western (Western Australia)

13-14 March, SJOG Rockingham
8-9 May, Westcourt


For more information email: or phone: +61 3 9426 3200