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Issue No. 51 June 2019


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Troubled time for Busselton brothers
georgebazzica 100Inaugurated only six and a half years ago, the brothers of the City of Busselton Circle have decided to hand back the circle's Charter and go into recess following a troubling time over the past few years. 
 Catenian Charity scholarship to Adelaide student
charity 100The presentation of the Catenian Charity Inc scholarship to a young lady, Karri Thomas at Aquinas College at the University of Adelaide was made on 3 March 2019 by Joondalup Circle Brother, Michael Cogman who resides in Adelaide with his wife, Mary.
 Visitors Cup - Longed-for win by Joondalup
visitors 100Joondalup brothers were absolutely delighted and a little stunned when it was announced that the northern suburb circle had won the coveted Visitors Cup trophy for the second time since its inauguration in February 2005.
 President's review of a busy year
kevin 100In his review of the 2018/19-year to the Province 20 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 30 March 2019, Kevin Hefron focused on a number of important issues and developments affecting the future direction of the Catenian Association.
 Stimulating review by incoming Provincial President
new president 100Incoming Province 20 Provincial President, Keith Morgan (Canning Circle) presents a thought-provoking appraisal of some challenging issues facing the Catenian Association.
Helping our youth
Brothers in Province 20 were among the first Catenian Association members in the world to directly assist tertiary Catholic students with university fees or residential college fees, including in the United Kingdom where no financial assistance from brothers are provided for these types of awards.
 Congratulations, Anna on your graduation
graduated 100The opportunity to study medicine and fulfill an ambition to make a real contribution to health and wellbeing in Australian society brought Anna Bakogianis across the country from Melbourne to the University of Notre Dame's School of Medicine at the university's Fremantle campus.
 Mandurah celebrates its 300th meeting in style
mandutrah 100On Tuesday 12 February 2019, some 63 brothers and partners gathered at the Peel Thunder Football Club premises to celebrate the 300th meeting of the City of Mandurah Circle.
 Party time to mark Liwara's 400th meeting
100They know how to attract a crowd and commemorate special occasions at Liwara Circle. Thursday 4 April 2019 marked the circle's 400th meeting and a crowd of about 90 brothers, wives and guests gathered at Croatia House in Gwelup to make merry, share a wonderful buffet dinner and celebrate the important milestone.
 Driving a Catenian renewal
grahammahony 100In June 2018, former Grand President of the Catenian Association, Peter Woodford announced the formation of a Strategy Work Group (SWG) to facilitate a worldwide review of the future directions of the Association.
Catenians strong in Bangladesh
In November 2018 Robert McDermott travelled to Bangladesh where he visited Dhaka Circle, coming away with positive impressions of a very young circle of the Catenian Association possessing wonderful enthusiasm.
Reflections on a productive year - Catenian Charity Inc.
ashleigh 100In 2018 the Catenian Charity Inc. awarded Ashleigh Habkouk its inaugural scholarship of $5,000 per annum for the duration of her studies towards a degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus, Ashleigh commenced her studies at the University of Notre Dame in mid-2016
 Keeping fit, the path to good health
keeping fit 100Keith Morgan shares some pointers about his favourite pastime Province 20's recently inducted Provincial President and Canning Circle Brother, Keith Morgan believes that keeping fit is all about investing in physical fitness, good diet (keeping sugar intake as low as possible), spiritual engagement, not holding grudges, mental fitness and drinking as much water as possible.
 Golden wedding celebrations
goldenwedding 100Keith and Colleen Morgan recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They met in London in 1966 when Keith was serving in the Royal Air Force and Colleen was working in London. They married in 1968, after Keith had spent 16 months in Bahrain. They lived for two and a half years in Gibraltar before settling in Perth in 1974 when Keith was on terminal leave from the RAF.
David Young 1924 – 2018, Alan Grey 1928 – 2018 and Robert (Bob) Stidwell 1937 – 2019.
 Circle Roundup
News from Province 20 Circles

Troubled time for Busselton brothers

inaugurationInauguration Mass at Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Church in October 2012Inaugurated only six and a half years ago, the brothers of the City of Busselton Circle have decided to hand back the circle's Charter and go into recess following a troubling time over the past few years.

A resolution to hand back the Charter was supported by all voting brothers at the circle's Annual General Meeting on 28 April 2019 at the Esplanade Hotel, the venue for its inauguration on 20 October 2012.

The decision was driven by the lack of members able to fill any Council positions in 2019, together with only a small number of brothers able to attend meetings due to poor health and various disabilities.

georgebazzicaLong-serving President, George Bazzica is no longer able to lead the circle due to his own poor health and the prospect of back and knee surgery that will severely restrict him. A Founder member, George has been an outstanding and dedicated servant of the Catenian Association and hard-working parishioner of St Joseph's Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Church in Busselton. George has also strongly supported Province 20 functions such as the Visitors Cup, the annual Commemorative Mass for deceased brothers and Provincial luncheon.

Since inception Busselton has received strong support from its Perth and Mandurah based joint members, including Peter Johnston (Treasurer), Brian Kerman, John Monkhouse (Secretary), Barry O'Malley, the late John O'Neil and Terry O'Neill (Vice President). Notwithstanding that this support is continuing, the circle needed local commitment for its survival and this has not been forthcoming.

It is extremely pleasing that, although the circle will hand back its Charter, several members have elected to continue their membership of the Catenian Association by transferring to an Australian Central Circle, designed to accommodate brothers who do not have a circle within their geographic vicinity, but want to maintain their membership.

Importantly, the Catholic men and their wives who have shared the Catenian experience since the circle was established in 2012 have forged many new friendships. It is the intention of this group to continue to nurture these contacts with regular "coffee club" meeting and social functions.

The start and life of Busselton Circle

tonyTony Smurthwaite holds the City of Busselton charter (October 2012)Inauguration Mass at Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Church in October 2012

The City of Busselton Circle was inaugurated on Saturday 20 October 2012 in the presence of Grand President, John Mottram and visiting brothers from the United Kingdom, Province 21 in Eastern Australia and Province 20, the 13th circle in Province 20 and the third circle in the Bunbury Diocese. Eighty three brothers from seven provinces and 29 circles witnessed the ceremony.

The Founder circle Council members were Tony Smurthwaite (President), George Bazzica (Vice President), John Van Beek (Secretary), Ed Whitely (Treasurer), Mike Gibbs (Membership Officer), Peter Ball (Registrar), Jack Stretch (Marshall) and Geoffrey Young (Chamberlain).

Other Founder members were Rolf Bank, Peter Botica, Barry Cruickshank, Tony Drew, Lyall Fowle, Kevin Hefron, Joe Hughes, Peter Johnston, Brian Kerman, Gerry Monaghan, John Monkhouse, Peter Nash, Barry O'Malley, John O'Neil (Provincial Councillor), Terry O'Neill, Terry Shine, Rod Swallow and Paul Trainor. The list includes a number of joint members of other circles in Province 20.

The beginning

It was John Monkhouse in his role as Provincial Membership and Expansion Officer, who in 2006 first put in motion Province 20's goal of establishing another circle in the Diocese of Bunbury. The Smurthwaites (Como Circle) and the Van Beeks (Darling Range Circle) were leaving Perth to live in Busselton and in September 2009 when Director Gerry Barton took Grand President Joe McNally and their wives on a tour of the southwest they met with Tony Smurthwaite and John Van Beek.

With the support of Busselton's Parish Priest, Father Wally Kevis breakfast sessions lunches and dinners were arranged at which Catholic men came together to hear about Catenian aims and activities.

On 30 August 2010, Provincial President Terry Pilcher (deceased) inaugurated the Busselton Group 919 with a complement of 14 brothers including several joint members. This notable and joy-filled event was held in the company of 69 brothers representing 11 of Province 20's 12 circles.

The journey from Group 919 to Circle 359 can be attributed to the support of Father Kevis and the joint members from six Province 20 circles that regularly travelled to Busselton with their wives to enjoy the local fellowship. Another feature on the road to inauguration was the Group's diverse social programme of monthly dinners with a range of guest speakers and other social functions.

Dogged hard work paid-off and by June 2012 the Group had grown to 26 members and a request was made to Province 20 to formerly petition Grand Council for the Group's inauguration as a circle. The petition was approved on 14 July and the inauguration ceremony organised to coincide with the visit of Grand President, John Mottram and his United Kingdom travelling group in October 2012.

george wifeDedicated City of Busselton President, George Bazzica and his wife, ElizabethThe new City of Busselton Circle thrived for the next few years, but sadly with deaths, resignations and poor health membership began to fall away. The untiring efforts of Founder President, Tony Smurthwaite and his successor, George Bazzica to attract new men from the Busselton Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Parish left the circle very much dependent upon joint members from Perth to fill key Council positions.

happyA solution to this dilemma has not been forthcoming, despite a decision in 2018 for the City of Busselton Circle to hold just three formal meetings per year, and interim monthly social events with church parishioners invited to attend.

By early 2019 it was apparent that no council positions could be filled and it was with reluctance and considerable sadness that it was unanimously resolved by brothers of the City of Busselton Circle to hand back its Charter.

The happy City of Busselton lunchtime group at the circle’s Annual General Meeting held at the Esplanade Hotel on 22 April 2018, including Sister Bernadette, Father JayBee and other visiting parishioners from Our Lady of the Bay Catholic ChurchOn a positive note, it is pleasing that several brothers of the circle have elected to remain members of the Catenian Association by joining an Australian Central Circle to retain their interest, friendships and benefits.

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Catenian Charity scholarship to Adelaide student

charityThe presentation of the Catenian Charity Inc scholarship to a young lady, Karri Thomas at Aquinas College at the University of Adelaide was made on 3 March 2019 by Joondalup Circle Brother, Michael Cogman who resides in Adelaide with his wife, Mary.

The Catenian Charity Inc has awarded its second scholarship of $5,000 to Karri who is studying at Aquinas College, a residential college attached to the University of Adelaide. Aged 19, she qualifies for a scholarship due to her financial circumstances.

Karri's application was vetted by the Scholarship Master and unanimously recommended to the three members of the Catenian Charity selection panel.

Michael Cogman, a Catenian Charity member presented the award on behalf of the Charity. The award was made at the Collegiate Dinner and Awards Ceremony to begin the academic year of 2019. The following citation appeared in the Aquinas College programme:

We welcome Michael Cogman from the Catenian Association who will present the inaugural Catenian scholarship to Karri Thomas. An Aquinas student has won this scholarship valued at $5,000 each year for the duration of the student's degree, for the first time. The Catenians are an international association of Catholic laymen who are committed to supporting each other, the Church, young people and those in need.

Michael and his wife Mary were cordially invited by the Rector, the staff and students of Aquinas College to the Commencement Mass to begin the new academic year and the collegiate dinner.

The Bishop, the Most Reverend Gregory O'Kelly celebrated the Mass with the staff, special guests and all 190 students present. It was a respectful and holy Mass with the students participating in the readings and singing. Following Mass all adjourned to a pleasant outside area for drinks and nibbles before going to the David Hogarth dining room for the formal dinner and awards ceremony.

Michael writes: "We found the staff and students to be very friendly, welcoming and inquisitive about the Catenian Association."

"The dinner commenced with an opening prayer by the Bishop followed by a welcome address to the special guests, the returning students and the new students by the Rector, Brother Michael Green. The meal was first class and between courses the Aquinas medal, scholarships and academic awards were presented."

"After dinner Mary and I were invited with the other special guests to a private room for coffee and liqueurs. Although we had been able to respond earlier to questions from the special guests, staff and students about our Catenian Association, this informal gathering provided a further opportunity to answer questions, including from the Bishop who was given a Catenian brochure.

This was also a great opportunity to meet up again and chat with the award winner, Karri," Michael said.

Karri's first year at university in 2017 went smoothly, but in the first week of the first semester in 2018 she was diagnosed with liver cancer. She decided to defer further university attendance because she would miss too many compulsory practical units during the period of her cancer treatment.

Recommencing study in the second semester of 2018 she has slowly begun to get back on top of things, however she has been unable to take on any paid work on top of her study commitments, which, together with the cost of her medical treatment has left her facing a difficult financial position.

"With the support of the Catenian scholarship," Michael said, "she has been able to stay at Aquinas College and when she finishes as an undergraduate, her wish is to undertake honours and then a doctorate in Life Science."

"Karri is a wonderful young lady and well deserving of her award. She is well motivated and all who know her speak highly of her. Both Mary and I found the occasion very rewarding and loved the vibrant atmosphere of the Mass and dinner."

"We both felt very privileged to have been asked by the Catenian Charity Inc Board to make the presentation of such a prestigious award to a very worthy candidate. As a member of the Charity it was also an opportunity to promote the name of the Catenian Association to over two hundred people, most of whom would not have heard of it before."

The Catenian Charity Inc wishes to acknowledge the assistance given by the Dean of the Aquinas College, Carolyn Mee that enabled Michael and Mary Cogman to attend the Mass and ceremony and the presentation of the certificate to Karri Thomas.

Contributed by Michael Cogman
Joondalup Circle, on behalf of the Catenian Charity Inc

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Visitors Cup - Longed-for win by Joondalup

kevin winnerJoondalup brothers were absolutely delighted and a little stunned when it was announced that the northern suburb circle had won the coveted Visitors Cup trophy for the second time since its inauguration in February 2005.

visitors1Winners are grinners Standing left to right: Mick Doak, John Hollywood, David Chatel, Peter Johnston and Rolf Bank Seated: Nick SpadacciniRetiring Provincial President, Kevin Hefron presented Joondalup's Immediate Past President, Mick Doak with the trophy at the Visitors Cup meeting and dinner hosted by Como Circle and held at the RAAFA Estate in Bullcreek on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

visitors2Lou Daily, Vern Scanlan and Gerry Butler (Dianella)Although numbers were down with 15 Como brothers, one guest and 38 visiting brothers from other circles, it was once again a wonderful evening of shared fellowship topped off with some excellent wine and three-course meal.

At the meeting it was announced that Darling Range Circle would host the next Visitors Cup meeting/dinner on Wednesday 9 October 2019. The bi-annual event is a wonderful opportunity for brothers from all circles in Province 20 to come together in a relaxed, informal format to meet new friends and enjoy traditional Catenian fellowship.

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President's review of a busy year

kevinIn his review of the 2018/19-year to the Province 20 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 30 March 2019, Kevin Hefron focused on a number of important issues and developments affecting the future direction of the Catenian Association.

Kevin, a member of Fremantle Circle, is the only brother in the 42 years since the first circle was inaugurated in 1977 to have served consecutive years as Provincial President. He handed over the reigns at the AGM to Keith Morgan of Canning Circle.

In his report, Kevin said that it was with pride that he presented his final report adding that during his two-year period of presidency, the greatest highlight that he would take away is the new and lifelong friendships that he has made.

In his review, Kevin acknowledged the Council members and sub-committees who have made important contributions to the Province's development over the past two years and for their support to him as President.

Kevin writes: "I would like to thank the hard working Vice President, Keith Morgan and extend my best wishes to him as he takes on the role of Provincial President in 2019/20. I also extend my appreciation to Secretary, Harry Muller for his incredible organisation skills and efficiency and to Paul Chabrel, not only for his contribution as Treasurer but also for his advice on financial matters. My sincere thanks also go to Stephen Williamson for his work on the Australian website, Kevin Parker for his contribution as Membership Officer and Peter Johnston, Editor of the Western Link. "

"My appreciation is also extended to Province 20 Director, Ralph Fitzpatrick for his guidance and to Graham Mahony for his active participation on a number of fronts."

"I would also like to thank all Provincial Councillors who have represented their circles with enthusiasm and have made significant contributions to the Province during my term as President."

Kevin itemized a number of highlights achieved in the past year:

  • The awarding of Province 20 Life Memberships to two outstanding members of the Association, Rolf Bank (Joondalup Circle) and Pat McManus (Como Circle.
  • The production of individual circle banners promoting the Catenian Association.
  • The successful introduction of standardised written reports to Provincial Council.
  • Completion of a draft on-line compendium to provide a one-stop reference point for members to source all information relating to constitutional documents and universal policies, procedures and best practice guidelines.
  • The introduction of a Plenary Council 2020 subcommittee to promote participation of Catenian brothers and families in this important Catholic Church initiative. Members of the subcommittee are Kevin Hefron, Gerard Tonks (Darling Range Circle), Stephen Williamson (Swan Valley Circle) and Graham Mahony (Fremantle Circle).
  • Central Council's establishment of a Strategy Working Group (SWG) under the leadership of Past Grand President and Chairman of the Central Council, Peter Woodford (Reigate Circle in the United Kingdom) and including two brothers from Province 20, Gerard Tonks and Graham Mahony to address the challenge of an everincreasing ageing membership which threatens the very survival of the Catenian Association. The SWG is charged with the task of producing a series of position papers for discussion and consultation by members of the Association that will form a final document.
  • kevin wifeA meeting attended by Kevin Hefron, Ralph Fitzpatrick and Stephen Williamson earlier in the 2018/19 Catenian year with His Grace Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, which resulted in a letter of support issued by the Archbishop to all parishes in the Perth Archdiocese supporting the Catenian Association and encouraging parish priests to allow Catenian representatives to address Masses. Our relationships within our parishes and the broader Catholic community herald the future of the Association.

On a personal note, Kevin also acknowledged the wonderful support and encouragement he received from his wife, Denise during his two-year term as Provincial President involving countless visits to all circles in Province 20 and Provincial functions, also attended by Denise.

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Stimulating review by incoming Provincial President

new presidentIncoming Province 20 Provincial President, Keith Morgan (Canning Circle) presents a thought-provoking appraisal of some challenging issues facing the Catenian Association.

The world of today is radically different from the world of 20 years ago; social and political change, coupled with technological advancement sees us existing in a different environment.

While we must move forward, we must as an Australian society and as the Catenian Association adjust, but in doing so we must make sure to take those who live partly in the past with us.

There are four different and important "concerns" that the Association needs to address in the 2019 Catenian year. Firstly, there is the implementation of the findings of the Strategic Work Group, due to be handed down on 26 April 2019 and the wisdom that emerges, the Province 20 response being masterminded by Graham Mahony.

Secondly, there is Province 20's involvement in the Plenary Council 2020 spearheaded by Graham Mahony and Gerard Tonks. Is this something the Catenian Association should be involved in, or should members pursue such input as private individuals?

Thirdly, there are the initiatives highlighted in the workshops around Australia directed by Phil Murray of Canberra Circle. These initiatives need to be implemented promptly in conjunction with the findings and changes that arise from the Strategic Work Group, which, by necessity, will be a much longer process.

Handling the need for change

While there is need for change (hopefully for many new and younger members), we must ensure for existing, particularly older members, that their Catenian experience remains largely unchanged.

What the Association offers should perhaps be broader and give more than just the opportunity for members to meet at approximately 12 meeting/social occasions per year.

However, if that is what the current membership wants then so be it, with hopefully other options also being made available for the more adventurous, looking for more from their membership.

However, if the Association does remain largely as it is then it is likely it will die out along with our elderly membership.


The fourth issue is membership. The motto needs to be "recruit or perish". Tinkering around the edges will only have a limited effect. Allowing our wives to join, for example, is not likely to significantly raise our average age and allowing non-Catholic men who go to Mass to join, while a fine idea, will not greatly swell our ranks.

The giving up of regalia and ties is also not going to double our membership overnight.

However, we need to seriously consider letting non-Catholic Christians join and women if they are wives and perhaps even if they are single or married to non-Catenians. The writer is not in favour, at this stage, of allowing women members but we should understand why we are not pursuing this notion.

Four Province 20 circles have had sizable membership increases during the last year and the majority of these new members have come from the work of individual brothers in the circle, not relying solely on the Membership Officers going out on their own actively pursuing new members.

It is my understanding that the top three recruiting circles, Canning, Dianella and the City of Mandurah, have adopted this approach. My own experience as a circle President and, for a brief time, Membership Officer has taught me that the effect of all other strategies brings limited results.

We should target our recruiting in three age groups; namely 18-35, 35-55 and 55+. There is a need to turn from what we have been doing, which is saying: "this is our Association and this is what we offer" and, instead, ask ourselves what can we provide that would make men keener to become a member and maintain that membership. All three age groups will be motivated to join for different reasons.

If what we are offering meets their needs, then members will not be concerned about peripheral details, such as dress and regalia.

With the younger 18-35 group I believe we could offer more support for education and, perhaps, training. TAFE courses are expensive and we need Catholic workers particularly in the service industries such as age care. We can also offer mentoring and practical advice in some areas. This young group is the one who would enjoy some limited social service activities; probably partly supervised by one or two older brothers.

To attract members from the 35-55 age group we should perhaps concentrate on family social events in a Catholic environment and get out there and ask them what they need.

With the oldest group we perhaps need to look at limited practical support and other social events aside from and in addition to the monthly dinner meeting. Last September Canning Circle started a weekly Wednesday coffee and chat morning. It has been most successful with a small keen group meeting on each occasion.

With the younger two groups we need to look at a safe, constructive use of social media for this is where we will find members because many in this group rarely attend church. Canning Circle has already taken this approach. Once contact has been made, the circle encourages them to attend church and church activities.

There is perhaps a need for brothers to reflect on our claim to be "fiercely" or "proudly" Catholic and what this means. Are we just to meet our religious obligations, or do we wish to focus more on greater spirituality by reaching out through the Holy Trinity and the Catenian Association to others? As Christians we are called to "walk by faith not by sight", Cor 5:7, and to be in the world but not part of it.

In other words, God is asking all of us to walk a very fine line between being actively and properly involved "in" the world and reaching "out" to help others without becoming sidelined by worldly pursuits.

Contributed by Keith Morgan Province 20 Provincial President

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Helping our youth

Youth Support Fund

Brothers in Province 20 were among the first Catenian Association members in the world to directly assist tertiary Catholic students with university fees or residential college fees, including in the United Kingdom where no financial assistance from brothers are provided for these types of awards.

Contrary to the view by some brothers that the Association is not a fund raising body, for the past 39 years in the UK brothers have donated to the Bursary Fund to assist Catholic Youth working for the relief of poverty and to provide carers for people wishing to visit Lourdes. The Bursary Fund has about half a million pounds in its reserves.

In recent times in Province 20 some circles have slowed in presenting applications to the Youth Fund for financial support. As a result the Board started to reach out to St Thomas More College to provide scholarships and bursaries to students to the amount of $2,000 each. The residential cost at St Thomas More is $28,000 per annum.

This undertaking was immediately successful with scholarships granted to Sean Dondas and Brigette Macfarlane, who have now both graduated and found full time employment. The Board then progressed, providing assistance to students at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus. Continuous scholarships of $4,000 were provided to Mitch Rabjones, who is now a physiotherapist, and Anna Bakogianis, born and raised in Victoria, who graduated in 2018 as a doctor of medicine now working at Royal Perth Hospital.

The Youth Support Fund has also assisted Catholic secondary students competing at the Catholic Arts Festival established and run by the Catholic Education Office in Perth. The Youth Fund awards a prize of $500 each year in the secondary school solo/duet woodwind/brass category. The first recipient of this prize was an Iona Presentation College student, Julia Toussaint- Jackson who is now studying at Melbourne University and is auditioning for the Royal College of Music in London.

Another talented musician who received a Youth Support Fund scholarship was Matthew Ho who was sponsored by the City of Busselton Circle. He was assisted to travel to the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts in the United States of America and is becoming a foremost music composer.

Members' donations

In the 12 years since the Youth Fund was established, members have donated $50,000, which is about $4,000 per annum and represents about $10 per member per annum; the equivalent of two cups of coffee. With additional member support with voluntary donations the Youth Fund can continue its good work and, perhaps, do so much more.

Catenian Charity Inc.

The Catenian Charity Inc. was established three years ago and has raised $30,000 from just 15 brothers.

Donations to the Charity are tax deductible. It operates Australia wide, choosing its own tertiary Catholic students who must be "necessitous" to qualify for a scholarship. If they qualify for the Commonwealth Youth Allowance, applicants are considered by the Australian Tax Office to fulfill that requirement. Successful applicants must be Catholic and study at an Australian university or reside at an attached residential college.

The inaugural Catenian scholarship of $5,000 per annum was awarded to Ashleigh Habkouk, a girl from New South Wales who is studying at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus for a degree in pre-medical science. When she heard of her grant, Ashleigh immediately started her own charity to help feed the homeless people in Fremantle and in Sydney. She was recently awarded a travel grant to visit Lebanon and assisted in helping a charity in the Philippines, which she visited.

The second and latest award of $5,000 per annum was made to Karri Thomas, a girl from South Australia who is studying at the University of Adelaide and resides at Aquinas College, which is attached to that university. Karri completed her first year in 2017 at Aquinas College and then, in the second week of her second year in 2018 was diagnosed with liver cancer. She has made a full recovery and whilst recuperating became fluent in French.

Whatever Kerry sets her mind to, she achieves.

On 3 March 2019 Joondalup Circle Brother Michael Cogman, who lives in Adelaide, was invited to a Commemoration Mass and formal dinner at Aquinas College attended by about 200 people.

Michael, who is a Member of the Charity, presented a certificate to Karri. He was enthusiastically welcomed and speaks in glowing terms of the reception he received. He was able to meet the Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Gregory O'Kelly who was made aware of the Catenian Association in Australia.

Karri will receive her scholarship for the continuation of her degree.

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Congratulations, Anna on your graduation

Youth Support Fund scholarship winner

graduatedGraduated: Anna Bakogianis (centre) pictured with Vice Chancellor and Head of Fremantle Campus, Professor Selma Alliex and a Vice President of the Catenian Youth Support Fund, Colin BrounThe opportunity to study medicine and fulfill an ambition to make a real contribution to health and wellbeing in Australian society brought Anna Bakogianis across the country from Melbourne to the University of Notre Dame's School of Medicine at the university's Fremantle campus.

A graduate in Biomedical Science from Melbourne University, Anna has offset expenses involved in living far from her hometown in northern Victoria with the help of a Fremantle Heart Patients scholarship (2017) and the Catenian Association Province 20 Youth Support Fund scholarship of $4,000 in 2018.

Anna was born in Nathalia in Victoria and educated at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College until 2011. Between 2012 and 2014 she read Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne where she was awarded the Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship. She resided at St Mary's College, Parkville, which is affiliated with that university.

There she achieved a Full Blue as a female sports person in 2013.

She came from Victoria to enroll at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle campus in 2015. In 2017 she received the Dean of Medicine commendation for outstanding performance in her three years of medical studies, achieving a distinction.

Then on 12 December 2018 after seven years of tertiary effort she graduated as a Doctor of Medicine, receiving a further commendation for obtaining a distinction in each year of the degree.

helenaHelena (left) pictured with her sisterAnna's family travelled from Victoria to congratulate her and enjoy her success. It was a double celebration for the Bakogianis family because her younger sister, Helena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Asian Studies and a diploma of Mandarin from the University of Melbourne. Helena now works in Canberra and their brother; Alex is an undergraduate at Melbourne University.

Their parents Ruth and Nick are now "home alone" as they teach at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College.

Anna plans to specialise in critical care and commenced at the Royal Perth Hospital in January 2019 having spent Christmas and New Year with her family.

The Vice Chancellor and Head of Fremantle Campus Professor Selma Alliex and Colin Broun, a Vice President of the Youth Support Fund presented a certificate at the University of Notre Dame in December 2018, the day before her graduation. Fiona Whittles and Stefania Demurtas at Notre Dame arranged the presentation, producing the certificate and supplying morning tea for the function. Their help is appreciated, as is the support of Professor Alliex. Colin Broun retired from medical practice in 2016 so it was appropriate that the Catenian "old-timer" was able to participate in the ceremony.

Anna has previously expressed her appreciation to the Catenian Association for its generosity and support. We wish her every success and happiness. She is a fine young lady who will succeed in anything she puts her mind to.

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Mandurah celebrates its 300th meeting in style

mandurahOn Tuesday 12 February 2019, some 63 brothers and partners gathered at the Peel Thunder Football Club premises to celebrate the 300th meeting of the City of Mandurah Circle.

Two of the Founder members, Tony Lane and Terry McDonnell were present with Winston Rennick an apology.

Special guests were Australian National President, Ralph Fitzpatrick and his wife, Liana, Steve and Kay Williamson (Swan Valley Circle), Graham and Muriel Mahony (Fremantle Circle), Fred Miltrup (Swan Valley Circle) and Pat McManus (Como Circle).

As a special gesture at the meeting, President Wayne Wright vacated the chair in favour of David Best who now has had the distinction of having chaired the 100th, 200th and 300th meetings of the circle.

Guests were treated to a delicious two-course meal in the wonderful surroundings of the Peel Thunder Football Club followed by the cutting of an enormous cake to celebrate the occasion.

A brief history

Western Link No 51 June 2019Founder Brothers Tony Lane and Terry McDonnellThe City of Mandurah Circle was inaugurated in 1991 and was the first circle to be established in the Diocese of Bunbury followed by Bouvard Circle in 2005 and the City of Busselton Circle in 2012.

From an initial meeting in April 1989, Reg Newman, Lloyd Wyss, Brendan McGurk and others participated in many meetings, discussions and social functions over the ensuing two and a half years. The Mandurah and Districts Catenian Group was formally established on 28 June 1990 with Reg Newman President, and Lloyd Wyss Secretary/Treasurer. An interim subscription of ten dollars per member was levied to cover administration costs. The Como and City of Perth Circles played significant roles in the formation of the Mandurah Circle. Many brothers assisted in the early days of formation, particularly Laurie Shervington, Cliff Holloway, Barry O'Malley, Graham Pittaway, John Rayner and John Begley to mention a few.

The circle was inaugurated on Saturday 12 October 1991 by Grand President Herbert (Bert) Murnaghan at the Mandurah Country Club with Reg Newman the Founder President.

A total of 21 brothers signed the Roll in the presence of 82 visiting brothers including Provincial President, Graham Pittaway and Immediate Past Provincial President, Kevin Brady. An important guest was His Lordship the Late Bishop Peter Quinn.

Other visitors include David Best, then Vice President of Como Circle and later to serve three terms of office as President of the City of Mandurah Circle.

The Master of Ceremonies was Bill Tucker, then President of Canning Circle and later to become a member of the City of Mandurah Circle.

Since the beginning of the Catenian Association in Western Australia in 1977 life membership of Province 20 has been bestowed on two City of Mandurah brothers.

Brendan McGurk was one of the first three brothers in Province 20 to be so honoured in October 2007 and more recently John O'Neill was awarded life membership in 2017.

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Party time to mark Liwara's 400th meeting

liwara1Kevin McKersey receives the commemorative certificate from Australian National Council President and Liwara brother, Ralph FitzpatrickThey know how to attract a crowd and commemorate special occasions at Liwara Circle. Thursday 4 April 2019 marked the circle's 400th meeting and a crowd of about 90 brothers, wives and guests gathered at Croatia House in Gwelup to make merry, share a wonderful buffet dinner and celebrate the important milestone.

The formal Annual General Meeting was attended by 33 Liwara brothers, four potential brothers, who must have been most impressed by the occasion, and 13 brothers from other circles in Province 20.

liwara2A very welcome but unexpected attendee at the 400th meeting was Ken McMullin who is still a member of Liwara Circle, but now lives in Tasmania with his wife, Bobby. Ken is pictured with Daryl and Francis BarrThe visiting brothers were recently installed Provincial President, Keith Morgan (Canning Circle) Immediate Past Provincial President, Kevin Hefron and Graham Mahony (Fremantle Circle), Provincial Vice President, Lou Daily, Vern Scanlan and Past Provincial President, Graham Pittaway (Dianella Circle), Past Provincial President, Pat McManus (Como Circle), Past Provincial President, Steve Williamson (Swan Valley Circle) and Past Provincial President, Rolf Bank, David Chatel, Martin Colgan, John Frost and Peter Johnston (Joondalup Circle).

liwara3Garry Tardrew and Tony FriedliebLiwara Circle was primarily responsible for the formation of Joondalup Circle, which was inaugurated in February 2005. Liwara Circle brothers led by John Monkhouse and including David Chatel, Mick Doak, Peter Johnston, Michael Kavanagh, John Rayner, Gene Vance and Barry Webb were members of a committee that paved the way to its foundation. In recognition of the role Liwara played, the Joondalup Circle sent a special message of congratulation to its "parent" body on the achievement of its 400th meeting.

Australian National Council President, Ralph Fitzpatrick (also a member of Liwara Circle) presented Liwara President, Kevin McKersey with a certificate from the ANC to commemorate the occasion.

Liwara "a meeting place"

liwara4Eric Coutinho and Mike WrightIn 1982 when Cliff Holloway was President of Area Council West (the forerunner to Province 20) it was mooted that a new circle of the Catenian Association be formed in the northern suburbs of Perth.

By then, the City of Perth Circle (inaugurated in February 1977), Darling Range Circle and Fremantle Circle (both inaugurated in February 1981) were well established, but the metropolitan coverage was not complete.

In May 1982 a meeting was held at the home of John Versteegen in Duncraig. In attendance were Ben Brucciani, Pat Hogan, Cliff Holloway, Laurie Shervington and Michael Quin- Conroy. Another meeting held one month later attracted 25 Catholic men and the appetite to establish a new circle was clearly proven.

liwara5Lou Daily (Dianella), Pat McManus (Como) and Graham Pittaway (Dianella)Things moved rapidly from these early meetings and on 6 December 1982, the Liwara Circle was inaugurated at a ceremony held at Riverside Lodge in the presence of Grand President Gerald Cassidy from the United Kingdom.

liwara6Vivian Bowler and Dawn GrieveIt is of interest how the name Liwara was chosen for the new circle. Liwara means "meeting place" in the local Aboriginal language, which seemed appropriate and was also the name of the local Catholic Primary School in Greenwood. Had Grand Council been aware that the preferred name was not a place name then it would not have been permitted. In this regard Liwara Circle is unique in the Catenian Association being the only circle not named after a town or suburb of a city.

liwarraJohn Rayner was recognised at the celebratory dinner, being one of two Founder Brothers, along with Des Wright (who was overseas and extended his apology) that are still members of Liwara Circle.Liwara Circle was inaugurated with 27 members with Laurie Shervington the Founder President in 1982/83, followed by John Versteegen in 1983/84.

Founder Brothers

Tony Allen, Brian Anthony (Marshall), Keith Anthony (Treasurer), Gerry Brennan, Ben Brucciani, Mike Callan, Derek Coleman, Des Cormican, Noel Ducie (Chamberlain), Filipo Filippi, David Gurry, Pat Hogan, John Hurford, Michael Kavanagh, Bill Kerr, Tom Levinge (Membership Officer), Elliott Levitt, Jack Nolan, John Palmer, Tony Petale, Mike Quin-Conroy, John Rayner, Chris Scarry, Laurie Shervington (President), Gerry Taylor, John Versteegen (Vice President) and Des Wright (Registrar).

John Rayner and Des Wright are the only remaining Founder members of Liwara Circle and Michael Kavanagh and Elliott Levitt are still members of Joondalup Circle.

The first meeting place of Liwara Circle was at the Morris Hotel in Innaloo and subsequently meeting places have included Gleneagles at the Hamersley Golf Club, the Sundowner Hotel at Balga, Capone's Restaurant at Whitfords Tavern and now the Croatia Club in Gwelup.

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Driving a Catenian renewal

Working Group's strategic options

In June 2018, former Grand President of the Catenian Association, Peter Woodford announced the formation of a Strategy Work Group (SWG) to facilitate a worldwide review of the future directions of the Association. Peter Woodford is the SWG Chairman and the committee comprises eight members from Great Britain, five from Australia, one from Malta and one from India. The Province 20 members are Gerard Tonks (Darling Range Circle) and Graham Mahony (Fremantle Circle).

It is broadly acknowledged that the Catenian Association is challenged worldwide by an ever-increasing ageing membership and must recruit new members, particularly younger Catholic men, for its survival. Options to expand membership to include women, non-Catholic husbands of Catholic women and the like are all on the table for discussion, but would require changes to the Constitution.

Position papers

Following six months of intense deliberation, in mid-December 2018 sixty plus pages of the six Position Papers were placed on the Catenian member website in the United Kingdom, inviting comments and input from members globally. The Australian National Council (ANC) placed the same papers on its website. In anticipation that on-line responses would be minimal, Province 20 in Western Australia elected to take a more pro-active approach to analyse the recommendations arising from all the Position Papers for presentation to members at circle meetings. It was thought that this tactic would more readily facilitate and support comments and responses.

grahammahonyGraham MahonyCommencing in March 2018, Graham Mahony visited circles in Province 20, leaving a comprehensive questionnaire on which members can express their views about issues that have been identified and should be addressed to stimulate a revival of the Association.

Graham reports that the response from Western Australian members has been compelling. Completed questionnaires will be consolidated for presentation to the SWG.

When approved by members and ultimately Central Council, the implementation of strategies will need to be planned, budgeted, resourced, managed and monitored. It is envisaged that local Provinces and Areas will be charged with this responsibility, reporting progress to the National Council or Development Area.

Provinces and Areas will, in turn involve their circles in the implementation process and will monitor progress on a regular basis.

On behalf of the Province 20 representatives on the SWG, Graham Mahony emphasises that in forming implementation plans, all changes be carefully managed so that members fully understand what the change is, the rationale for the change and the impact that the change will have on the operation of the Association, bearing in mind that there is no intention to "throw the baby out with the bathwater."

Global expansion

The challenges and opportunities arising from the SWG relating to the global expansion of the Association include the following:

  • Enunciating a clear, unambiguous statement as to what the Catenian Association stands for including a clearly defined mission statement. This goes to the core of the ethos of the Association and must be readily comprehended throughout the broader global Catholic community.
  • The gift of Catenianism needs to be offered throughout the Catholic world. The Principles and aims of the Association need to include a greater emphasis on "family" by the addition of another aim: "To strengthen family life through friendship and faith."
  • Retention of the post-reconstruction structure of the Association, with operations coordination at province, area and circle levels by returning subsidiarity to circles enabling decision making strength at the most fundamental level. This addresses the perception that since the reconstruction the Association has become "top heavy" with too much decision making at National level, rather than at circle (membership)/Province level.
  • With further international expansion of the Association, preparation is required for the Director Development Areas to be replaced by an International Council of equal standing and voice within the Great Britain National Council and the Australian National Council. A coordinated plan for international development, including costed implementation strategies needs to be developed and will require careful consideration of funding sources. Maintaining close working relationships within the global Catholic Church is essential, more so as synods grow in the Church.
  • Younger member (30 to 55 years) of the Association need to be surveyed to seek their views and strategies for the future direction of the Association.
  • These younger members need to be approached to take on key roles within provinces, with reassurance that they will be supported, mentored and coached by more knowledgeable and experienced members. This is designed to bring a new perspective to targeting more members from this age group.
  • A secret ballot of members' wives throughout the Association should be considered to determine if women would be interested in becoming members of the Association. This survey could be coordinated through provinces with local circles.
  • The website and database in Great Britain, accessible by all members, is the master website and database for the Association containing the constitution, principles and rules and regulations together with the key policies and best practice guidelines. This also contains the membership portal accessible by secretaries.
  • All key information in the Association needs to be captured and consolidated at National Province or Area and circle levels. Servers remote from the Great Britain website/database needs to hyperlink to all key master information with local servers holding information for provinces, areas and circles. Standardisation of documentation and forms throughout the Association would save much time and effort. The information on all websites needs to be consolidated into a Catenian "manual" with the aim of providing members access to all information including meetings and roles as well as the names of brothers on Central Council, National Council and local area provinces. The manual should also contain information concerning governance, risk, financial information, charities, standard forms and insurance. This is an essential reference point for an international organisation.
  • Many provinces, areas and circles are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. There is a need for a centralised policy and control from the Great Britain website and database to ensure that security and Catenian standards are maintained globally. Social media needs to be properly resourced and could involve support from external providers to manage the ongoing rapid technological changes in this industry. This is an essential reference line for promoting, as well as protecting, the reputation of a global Catenian Association seen as being associated with the Catholic Church.
  • The activities of the Association are primarily centred around circles, provinces and areas. Many members and their families actively engage in their parish communities and, likewise, provinces with local dioceses. It is essential that these practices continue and expand throughout all parishes and dioceses, particularly with the advent of local synods involving lay input. Synods provide an opportunity for the Association to be involved without coming under the jurisdiction of the church hierarchy supporting the Association's historic stand of independence.
  • The ongoing recognition, promotion and support by dioceses of members of the Association and their families is a critical factor in furthering recognition of the Association throughout Catholic communities, globally at circle level. The support of the Church hierarchy at province level is indispensable in promoting the Association throughout Catholic communities. Therefore, promoting and participating in synods is vital for the Association.
  • The recognition and promotion of the Association is enhanced through the support it can provide to university students, Catholic schools and teachers, speaking competitions and the like. It is important that these endeavours continue and are expanded.
  • The globally recognised charitable works of the Association include the Benevolent and Bursary Funds. Many provinces, areas and circles also support charitable works in regional areas, raising money through legally established charitable funds and members donations applied to support youth with study assistance, academic achievement awards and the like.
  • The Association working together with, but not competing with, other Catholic lay organisations can enhance "critical mass" in the area of charitable endeavours and can help to regain recognition of the Association throughout Catholic communities, globally.
  • With increased membership come increases in capitation fees. However, until membership is increased on a sustainable basis, in the interim it may be necessary for Central Council to consider alternative sources of funding sustaining the operation of the Association without diminishing accumulated savings. Members generally are not supportive of increases in capitation fees.
  • The proposed strategies can be supported through the contacts network and directories already spread throughout the global Association through countries, regionally and locally.

Contributed by Graham Mahony
Member of the Strategy Work Group, Province 20

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  Catenians strong in Bangladesh

A young circle with great enthusiasm, reports Robert McDermott of Swan Valley Circle

In November 2018 Robert McDermott travelled to Bangladesh where he visited Dhaka Circle, coming away with positive impressions of a very young circle of the Catenian Association possessing wonderful enthusiasm.

Formerly known as Dacca, Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is one of the world's most densely populated cities with over 20 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is the economic, political and cultural centre of Bangladesh.

"The earliest recorded Christians in modern day Bangladesh arrived in the Bengal Sultanate," Robert writes. "Portuguese missionaries and traders in Porto Grande, Chittagong built the regions first churches during the sixteenth century."

Robert says: "Islam is the main religion in Bangladesh (89%), followed by Hinduism (10%). Christianity is a minority religion (O.5%) and the rest is made up of other minority religions such as Buddhism and Judaism."

"The Christians have widely served the education and health sectors managing some 1000 schools and about 100 health care centres and hospitals. The Christian community also runs the country's largest cooperative in Dhaka."

"I arrived in Dhaka on 23 November 2019," Robert writes, "and the very next day made arrangements to attend the circle meeting, which was about 15 kilometres away from where I was staying, but took about an hour to get there. The traffic congestion defies imagination. A normal 30 minute journey could take up to two hours and many brothers just cannot make it to all meetings due to this traffic issue."

The Dhaka Circle

"The Dhaka Circle has 52 brothers with an average age of 45 years, but with busy commitments to work and families, the young age of members often makes it difficult to achieve high attendance at meetings."

'The meeting I attended was scheduled for 7.00 pm and eventually started at 7.45 pm because two of the Council brothers were caught in traffic and arrived late."

"The meeting was held at the home of President, Eugene Reberio, the rule being that if there are less than 15 brothers able to attend the meeting will be held at the home of a Council brother. If expected attendance is greater than 15, the meeting is held at the Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon in Dhaka; a church established in 1677 and replaced by a new church completed in 1992. The old church is currently used as a chapel, which was refurbished in 2000."

"The Dhaka Circle has established a tradition that brothers bring their wives for prayers and a few hymns followed by the Rosary before the circle meeting commences. The prayer session lasts for about 30 minutes after which the ladies all depart." Robert writes: "The meeting was well conducted with great enthusiasm and displays of true Catholicism. There was considerable discussion about helping the needy and collecting clothes and distribution to the poor in the churches."

"The Dhaka Catenians are also involved with an orphanage called Bottomley, which was established in 1946 after the end of the Second World War. At that time there was a need for an orphanage for children, later renamed the Bottomley Home Girls High School run by the SMRA Sisters."

"Now it is home to about 150 orphan girls from rural and remote areas of the country, providing food, clothes, shelter, medicine and education constrained by limited funding. It has been a great opportunity for the Dhaka Catenians to help these underprivileged orphans and with the aid of a United Kingdom Brother Tom Brassil, a joint member of Dhaka Circle; Province 6 brothers in the UK have supplied four desktop computer units. The Dhaka brothers provide computer training to the orphans."

"The Dhaka Circle is very active, especially in regards to charity and community participation," Robert writes. "I witnessed a very young circle with vision to expand slowly but steadily opening new circles across the State and Country."

Robert concludes: "The brothers of Dhaka Circle have asked me to spread the good news to all brothers in Australia. They invite you to check them out in Facebook "Dhaka Catenians" where you can share their minutes, activities and newsletters. They will welcome your contact."

Contributed by Robert McDermott Swan Valley Circle

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Reflections on a productive year - Catenian Charity Inc.

ashleighIn 2018 the Catenian Charity Inc. awarded Ashleigh Habkouk its inaugural scholarship of $5,000 per annum for the duration of her studies towards a degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus, Ashleigh commenced her studies at the University of Notre Dame in mid-2016, reading Biomedical Science to provide her with the necessary fundamental knowledge that is useful in medical school and in the second year of her studies in 2018 her results have been outstanding.

She writes about the first eight months of her scholarship year during which she completed her second semester of 2018:

"I successfully completed the year, finishing with two high distinctions in Reproductive Biology and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity together with two distinctions in Infectious Disease and Neuroscience."

"Although I did not achieve perfect straight high distinctions," she says, "I believe I still did well and was fortunate enough to receive my fifth Letter of Commendation for that semester's grades."

"During semester I continued my leadership role as International and Residence Officer in the Notre Dame Student Association as well as President of THUNDA (The Halls of the University of Notre Dame). These leadership roles were both challenging and rewarding, allowing me to improve my leadership and collaboration skills whilst providing genuine support to international students.

In addition I also continued my regular volunteering shifts at the hospital and with the City of Fremantle as an ambassador helping to guide tourists."

images"In January 2019 I went on a two and a half week mission to the Philippines with Maronites On Mission (MoM), a trip that has changed my life for the better."

"My family is from Lebanon; a nation surrounded by war, however nothing compares to the slums we walked during this mission. My heart was truly broken. No child should be deprived of clothing, shoes, food or a mattress; yet this is the harrowing reality for many. Nonetheless, I simultaneously witnessed the tremendous impact that MoM has had and continues to have in the poorest communities within the Phillipines. Overall, the amount of effort, sweat, tears, resources, time and love that went into this mission was immense."

"For example," Ashleigh continues, "we delivered over 1500 food packs to the poorest of the poor and conducted two dental/medical mission days culminating in nearly 3000 patients being seen."

"MoM provided a month's worth of food to families who lost their homes and loved ones in a recent typhoon and every single recipient of a donation displayed the utmost gratitude. The appreciation shone through their eyes, hugs, tears and smiles. It would bring me to tears. How could they thank us for giving them things we do not even think twice about?"

"The father who led our mission explained that these poor, holy Filipino are simply the 'living crucifix'. It was a hard answer to swallow but since being back in Australia, I have found it to be very profound."

"I cannot thank the members of the Catenian Association enough for awarding me a scholarship and for the continued generosity and kindness that has been given."

"It really has allowed me to live a healthy life and has brought me closer to God as well as inspiring me to engage in acts of charity at my own capacity."

"I have attached a collage of photographs taken in the Phillipines, sharing my experiences."

Kind regards,
Ashleigh Habkouk

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Keeping fit, the path to good health

keeping fitKeith Morgan (right) practicing his Tai Chi with his instructor, Lui LauKeith Morgan shares some pointers about his favourite pastime Province 20's recently inducted Provincial President and Canning Circle Brother, Keith Morgan believes that keeping fit is all about investing in physical fitness, good diet (keeping sugar intake as low as possible), spiritual engagement, not holding grudges, mental fitness and drinking as much water as possible.

Until his mid to late 50's, Keith was a martial arts instructor, mostly with Muay Thai, otherwise known as Thai boxing. As he got older and injuries took longer to heal he began to practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which are both renowned for their health benefits.

Until recently, Keith also had at least one dog that needed to be walked each day. Now he practices Tai Chi twice a week and completes a set of Qi Gong exercises most days.

He says: "I have also, in the last few months, been practicing intermittent fasting, because research shows it greatly increases the production of testosterone and human growth hormone. I have only been eating between noon and 8 pm, although black coffee is allowed. For mental fitness I play Bridge on the computer and word games on my phone."

"The best way to stay motivated," Keith says, "comes from routine and from variation within that routine. For example, if walking, one should vary the route or walk further and stop for a coffee as a reward."

"We mix up our Tai Chi by practicing a sword set in addition to the hand set, and recently we have also been dabbling with short and long pole sets."

"These use different muscles and require brain activity to learn the various combinations. The way it makes me feel is my best motivation. In my 70s, I can still bend down and touch my toes."

Keith believes that there are many benefits to keeping fit. "It makes one feel good," he says. "I do not think that one necessarily lives any longer, but the quality of life towards the end is dramatically improved."

"For anyone thinking of taking up Tai Chi or martial arts there are two factors that need to be considered. With Tai Chi there are tens of different offerings in style and approach, so you should try a few before you decide which is for you and, more importantly, be aware that many instructors have a commercial or religious thrust to push, so keep away from such individuals."

"In truth, one never learns Tai Chi, one just practices, and one can start at a very low level of fitness and work up. I used to practice with a middle-aged man who started in a wheelchair, but within a year he was up and walking. A younger person will need to find something that suits them, so shop around. I got back into martial art in my 40s after a 15-year break."

Keith concludes: "Exercise makes one feel good, which allows fuller relationships with God, those one deals with on a day-to-day basis and the world in general."

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Golden wedding celebrations

goldenweddingKeith and Colleen Morgan recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They met in London in 1966 when Keith was serving in the Royal Air Force and Colleen was working in London. They married in 1968, after Keith had spent 16 months in Bahrain. They lived for two and a half years in Gibraltar before settling in Perth in 1974 when Keith was on terminal leave from the RAF.

Keith completed teacher training in 1977 and entered the world of education in 1978. He worked for 29 years in Catholic Education holding a number of middle management positions, including Head of Religious Education in five different Catholic Colleges, and ten years at an Islamic College as Moderator of Standards and Dean of Students, all in Perth.

Children have played a big part in the lives of Keith and Colleen. They have six children and 13 grandchildren and Colleen has worked as an early child educator for more than 32 years and still works part time.

Keith joined Canning Circle in 1994 where he has served two terms as Vice President and four terms as President. He has also served as Marshall and has represented the circle as its Provincial Councillor. He was Vice President of Provincial Council in 2018/19 and was installed as Provincial President in March 2019. Apart from martial arts his other interest include big dogs, politics, religious traditions and religious history.

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David Young 1924 – 2018

davidyoungA large number of Joondalup Circle brothers and wives joined family and friends at the Requiem Mass of David Joseph Young at St Anthony's Catholic Church in Wanneroo in December 2018. David joined the circle in July 2005, just a few months after it was inaugurated in February 2005 and was a committed member until failing health in late 2009 prevented him from attending meetings. He remained a full member of the circle until he passed away peacefully on 28 November 2018 at the age of 94.

David was the beloved husband of Yvonne and father to Mark, Anne, Marion, Karen, Jeanne, Megan, David, Donna and Holly and father-in-law to Mark, Richard, Jon, David, Sharon, Dean and Julie. Yvonne and David were blessed with 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Growing up in India pre World War Two, David sat the Cambridge entrance exams, which had to be sent off to England for marking. He obtained good enough marks to attend university, but unfortunately due to financial constraints and the tyranny of distance was unable to pursue his thirst for knowledge. David and Yvonne made sure this would never be an issue for any of their children, sending them all to the finest schools their pay packets could afford often forgoing the finer things in life in order to do so.

This led to their children not just attending university but some holding multiple degrees and working in the noblest of fields.

David gave up his district managerial position in Calcutta in the autumn of 1966 to fly to Perth to find work and accommodation before Yvonne and their, then six children joined him. The landlord of their three-bedroom house in Harbourne Street, Glendalough was not overly keen to rent to a large family so when Donna and Holly arrived in the following years, it was kept a secret.

Then, even with bunk beds in every spare corner, David and Yvonne in their generosity sponsored their close friends from Calcutta days, the Reid family, over from the United Kingdom. Now there were 11 children and four adults in a three-bedroom house with a sleepout. The family retains fond memories of the months they spent together.

Glendalough became a haven for David and Yvonne's children with its long paddocks that stretched down to the swampy land at the back; one of the few plots that continues to evade developers today.

David was a strict Catholic with a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit. He will be remembered as a loving and faithful husband to Yvonne, devoted to his children and marveling at the arrival of each and every grandchild and great grandchild. David only wanted the best for all of his children, living a wonderful and memorable life.

Contributed by his family

Alan Grey 1928 – 2018

alangreyThe passing of Alan Grey on 24 December 2018 saddened members of Como and City of Mandurah Circles. A large gathering of Catenian Brothers attended a Mass of celebration for the life of Alan at Our Lady's Assumption Catholic Church in Mandurah on 4 January 2019. Alan was enrolled as a member of Como Circle in June 1988. He was installed as Vice president in April 1993 and transferred soon afterwards in December 1993 to the City of Mandurah Circle where he served as Chamberlain in 1995/96. The following year he was installed as Vice President in 1996/97 and President 1997/98. He also served as Welfare Officer in 1998/99 and remained an active member of the circle for a number of years before ill health restricted his mobility about four years ago. In all he was a valued member of the City of Mandurah Circle for 25 years.

Alan was born on 3 May 1928; the unexpected twin brother of Kenneth who beat him into the world by just a few minutes His love of religion began at an early age. Following his mother Mary's example, he immersed himself fully in the way of his faith. Blessed with a fine singing voice, he won a scholarship to the prestigious St Mary's Cathedral choir and, as a flow on, to CBC Perth, which began his lifelong commitment to the Christian Brothers.

Alan's first job was at General Motors Holden, but after studying bookkeeping he secured a job at Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) where he stayed for the remainder of his working life. It was there that his romance with a young lass, Patricia Kingston began to blossom. They married on 16 February 1952 and later moved to the new suburb of Brentwood with a young and growing family where they lived until 1964 when CBH offered Alan the position of Supervisor of the Quairading region.

Pat and the four boys, Gregory, Philip, Mark and Jonathan moved back to Perth in 1967 while Alan continued in Quairading for a further 12 months. He then moved back to the CBH head office where Alan was promoted to a variety of management roles.

Sadly, Pat passed away in 1989 and a few years later Alan retired to live in Mandurah, at the time holding the record as the longest serving CBH employee with 46 years of dedicated service. Alan became an active member of Our Lady's Assumption Parish and through this involvement in the choir met a lovely Irish woman named Frances. Once again love blossomed and on Christmas Eve 1997 he proposed and soon after they were married in the presence of both families and friends. For 21 years Alan and Frances lived happy and contented lives, actively involved in the church, St Vincent de Paul, the choir and the Catenian Association.

Alan's health deteriorated rapidly over his last few years and he passed away on Christmas Eve 2018 to the beautiful voice of Natalia singing one of his favourite hymns, Panis Angelicus.

Extracts from a Eulogy delivered by Alan's sons, Greg and Mark Grey

Robert (Bob) Stidwell 1937 – 2019

robertstidwellThe brothers of the City of Perth Circle and Province 20 of the Catenian Association offer their prayers and support to Pat and the extended family on the passing on 9 February 2019 of Robert their devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather. For 16 years Bob was a pillar of strength in the circle and a true friend in faith to Catenian brothers.

Bob was enrolled as a brother in the City of Perth Circle in October 2003 and joined the circle Council in about 2005. Then in April 2008 he took over the role of Vice President and in the following year in April 2009 he succeeded to the position of President.

During 2009 the "restructuring" of the relationship between Grand Council in the United Kingdom and overseas provinces was lively and some brothers felt that the course of the process left much to be desired. Bob's inclusive and diplomatic chairmanship did much to smooth the debate in the City of Perth Circle.

After his year as Immediate Past President he took a short break until 2014 when he became the City of Perth's Provincial Councillor, a role he filled conscientiously and with considerable skill. Early in 2019 his declining health prevented him from meeting his own high standards of performance and he asked to be relieved of the responsibility.

Bob passed away peacefully at Hollywood Hospital on 9 February 2019; the beloved husband of Patty for 57 years, loved father of Paul, Jenny, Christopher and Libby and father-in-law of Karen, Glen and Kylie and loved Pop of his 9 adored grandchildren.

Bob and Pat pictured with their nine grandchildren A large gathering of family, friends and Catenian brothers attended a Mass of thanksgiving for the life of Bob at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Woodlands on 18 February 2019 concelebrated by Emeritus Archbishop of Perth, the Most Reverend Barry Hickey and Father Peter Hoang.

In his Eulogy, lifelong family friend Dale Henshaw related stories about school years, tennis, hockey and family outings he shared with Bob, George Boylen and Warren Smith and their wives.

With their wives, Pat, Sally, Jan and Margaret they always shared New Year's Eve together in the early days at the Cottesloe Civic Centre, the Celtic Club and various nightclubs and restaurants. Later, they began to celebrate New Year's Day with their families at Matilda Bay in Crawley for the afternoon and evening. "Our 17 children were never a problem, and we never, or nearly ever, misplaced one," Dale said.

Dale said that it will be a long lasting, meaningful memory that "The Gang" were all together for a 2018 New Year's Chinese meal celebration at Bob and Pat's home in Woodlands.

Bob's workmate and hockey friend, Peter Blockley spoke of their 30 years working together and 40 years as hockey teammates.

grandchildrenBob and Pat pictured with their nine grandchildrenHe said that Bob and he worked together in the consulting engineering business with Maunsell, Halpern Glick Maunsell and AECOM and acknowledged many others in attendance at the Requiem Mass that had worked with Bob. He said that they were involved in a range of engineering projects including the Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline, the East Perth power station heritage stabilisation and dredging the new port in the Pilbara.

Peter said that Bob was the Business Qualification Manager, Major Contracts Officer, office organiser/reorganizer and always the diplomat to resolve issues.

"Bob's love was his family and home," Peter said, "work was an enjoyable occupation, but hockey was his passion." During his 40 years as a hockey goalie, Bob played against England, Germany, Netherlands, Alliance, Scots, WA Country, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. He played in World Cups: Germany 2006 (over 65's), South Africa 2010 (over 70's), The Hague, Netherlands 2016 (over 75's) and Glasgow 2017 (over 75's).

Bob will be remembered as a loving family man, a man of deep faith, a highly regarded, meticulous workmate, a passionate sportsman and distinguished gentleman.

Contributed by John Moore (City of Perth Circle) Dale Henshaw and Peter Blockley

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  Circle Roundup

Avon Valley

brianwebbBrian Webb and John SywestrzakA welcome visitor at Avon Valley's meeting on 14 March 2019 was John Sywestrzak who was the Founder Secretary when the circle was inaugurated on 20 February 1988 by Grand President, Patrick Coker who came to Perth with a large party of Catenian brothers and their wives from the United Kingdom. The inauguration ceremony and dinner was held at the El Caballo Blanca Convention Centre at Wooroloo with special guests, His Grace Archbishop William Foley.

John served as Secretary in the early years and as President in 1993/94 before he resigned to take a sabbatical. In the past few years he has participated in many Avon Valley Circle functions, serving at circle Masses.

Avon Valley brothers are hopeful that John might find time to rejoin circle ranks sometime in the near future.

kevinheffronKevin Hefron pictured with Avon Valley President, Clinton RichterGuest speaker at the meeting was Graham Mahony (Fremantle Circle). Graham spoke as a representative of a Strategy Working Group (SWG) established in April 2018 by the Central Council of the Catenian Association to address the challenge of an everincreasing ageing membership, which threatens the very survival of the Association.

The SWG is chaired by Past Grand President and Past President of the Central Council, Peter Woodford (Reigate Circle in the United Kingdom) and includes two brothers from Province 20, Gerard Tonks (Darling Range Circle) and Graham Mahony. Graham handed out a questionnaire, inviting members of Avon Valley Circle to respond to a range of strategies being considered by the SWG.

Another special guest at the March meeting was Provincial President, Kevin Hefron (Fremantle Circle) who was making his last visit to Avon Valley Circle in that capacity.


 Sharing Christmas with parishioners

christmas 1Left to right: Lolkje Khokhar, Carlton Oxley, Joe Zemp, Paul Bezic, Paul Hodgson and Maureen AllenIt is an established Bouvard Circle tradition to share Christmas celebrations with an open invitation to all parishioners of St Damien's Catholic Church and friends. All are welcome.

christmas 2Left to right: Anne and Toby Harries, Gerry and Bernie Marshall and Tom MulchayThe Christmas function hosted by the circle at Café Coast in Dawesville on 18 December 2018 was a resounding success, thoroughly enjoyed by a large gathering of Catenian brothers and wives, Parish Priest Father Concord Bagaoisan, parishioners and friends. The Australian National Council President, Ralph Fitzpatrick and his wife, Liana were welcome visitors.

A three-course traditional Christmas dinner was followed by a monster raffle of some 40 prizes ensuring that the majority of the 50 plus in attendance went home with a gift.

Those attending the annual function were invited to bring gifts of non-perishable food items for donation to the local St Vincent de Paul Society.

Bouvard Circle Vice President, Max Gardiner said that without doubt the large number of St Damien's parishioners in attendance contributed to the success of the evening.

 City of Busselton

 Busselton Circle to hand-back its Charter

terry shineLeft to right: Terry Shine, John Van Beek and Bill MiddletonFollowing extensive discussions over a period of some months, members attending a circle meeting at the home of Bill Middleton on Sunday 24 March 2019 unanimously resolved that the circle was no longer viable and that its Charter would be handed back following the Annual General Meeting on 28 April 2019.

scialisingSocialising at the home of Bill and Kaye MiddletonAlthough the decision was reached with some sadness, most members remain committed to the Catenian Association and elected to join an Australian Central Circle, designed to accommodate those brothers who wished to remain registered but due to geographic separation could no longer attend meetings.

Members will continue to share regular get-togethers, possibly as an informal coffee group meeting on a monthly basis, also including other interested parishioners from Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Church in Busselton. These meetings would be scheduled and promoted amongst other circles in Province 20 with an open invitation for brothers and their wives to attend if they were visiting Busselton region.


 Keeping up a January tradition

canningA happy group of Canning Circle visitors at Fremantle’s January 2019 meeting/dinner, left to right: Warren Everett, Doug Williams, Cliff Chalon and Russell GodsallIt is now a well-established January tradition for Canning members to visit the portside Fremantle Circle. This year was no exception with a good turnout of 19 Canning visitors making the journey to attend Fremantle's normal meeting and dinner at the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle on Thursday 17 January 2019.

Special visitors were Kevin Parker (Swan Valley), Pat McManus (Como) and Ted Osborn of Bright Regency Circle in the United Kingdom.






 Darling Range

Santa's visit to Kalamunda

gerardtonksGerard Tonks and Glenn Sarkis try out Santa’s chair at Stirk Park, KalamundaDarling Range Catenians, Gerard Tonks and Glenn Sarkis were active workers on Sunday 9 December 2018 at the annual carols by candlelight in Stirk Park, Kalamunda.

Attended by about 2,500 people, the event was organised by the combined churches in the Hills area, including the Catholic Church.

Pictured below, Gerard and Glenn take a break from their work to rest on Santa's stage with Gerard filling the big chair in preparation for the role of Santa, which he played a few days later at the Darling Circle's Christmas dinner held at Gracies Café in Forrestfield on 12 December and enjoyed by about 50 people including Catenian brothers, wives and visitors.


A formula for open, friendly conversation

tableDarling Range Circle has elected to vary the way it conducts its meetings and dinners to promote a little more informality and create a more relaxed atmosphere, although it doesn't mean that it will necessarily be adopted for all meetings and dinners.

At its meeting held at the Lesmurdie Parish Hall on 13 February 2019, only the President wore vestments and the meal was set around a large nest of tables, as can be seen in the above photograph. At the end of the monthly meeting everyone was invited to help set the table for dinner and provide their own BYO drinks. The caterer, who is a parishioner, served the dinner.

Amazingly the change in format was supported by the largest turnout of brothers for the year. The conversation around the table was noticeably improved and all brothers were happy with the result. It is believed that the younger members of the circle were particularly pleased and enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps it's an approach worthy of consideration by other circles to bring a different feel to their meetings and dinners.

The golf was fair; the weather perfect

golfThe annual Darling Range Sunday afternoon Stableford golf day was held at the Hillview golf course on 24 March 2019. Sixteen players had nominated to play, but with two late cancellations and another withdrawal, 13 players were left to tee-off at 3.00 pm to play nine holes. Play was very slow; no doubt due to some players not having played much golf before, but the weather was perfect.

It was pleasing to welcome visiting golfers from other circles; Pat McManus (Como) and John Weselman (Liwara) who played with a reconstructed knee. Father Michael Macmahon from Mazenod College in Lesmurdie also joined in.

father michaelFather Michael Macmahon lining up for a big drive, closely watched by Des Lally (left) and Bill BoydGlenn Sarkis was a "dark horse" player who teamed up with Gerard Tonks and the pair scored a match high of 37 points, with Gerard contributing about three. However, Glenn's outstanding skill and with Gerard being the tournament organiser, they disqualified themselves from winning.

The winning pair was Father Michael and Des Lally who received a bottle of wine each for their efforts.

Later, the golfers joined their wives at the home of Rod and Mary Willix in Lesmurdie for drinks and a barbecue meal. Thanks were extended to the organisers, Rod Willix and Gerard Tonks and for Bill Boyd who supplied the meat and wines.



Celebrating 50 years of happy marriage

fathervincentFather Vincent Conroy pictured with Helene and Vern ScanlanFather Vincent Conroy pictured with Helene and Vern Scanlan The 50th wedding anniversary of Helene and Vern Scanlan was on 25 January 2019, but celebrations began a week earlier with a garden party at their daughter and son-in-law's home with family, the bridal party and lifetime friends.

To celebrate this special milestone Helene and Vern wanted their longtime friend and Parish Priest Father Vincent Conroy to share the occasion with them, but he was away on relief work in the northwest on the day of their anniversary. When he returned at the end of January, a number of longtime friends, parishioners, their children and grandchildren and Catenians Lou Daily, Peter Kora and Wally and Roma Bamford gathered at the Scanlan family home in Dianella to celebrate Mass and witness Helene and Vern renew their vows, commitment and love for each other. A buffet meal and drinks followed.

Helene and Vern have been blessed with three wonderful children, Michael, Andrew and Jo-Anne, their spouses Michelle, Patrizia and Christopher, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Vern is a valued, long-term member of Dianella Circle, serving as Secretary and currently President.

An encouraging start to 2019

part of the large crowdPart of the large crowd of members and wives at Dianella’s February meetingBrothers, wives and family enjoyed an absolutely fabulous night at the Mt Lawley Golf Club on Wednesday 30 January 2019 starting the New Year with a ladies night. Sixty people were seated for dinner, including another prospective member whom the circle is looking forward to welcoming as a brother in the near future.

It is believed by Dianella brothers that a factor driving the circle's success has been the broadening age range of members from 50 to the mid-80's. This change in age profile has enkindled new life to meetings and dinners sharing the experience of older members and bringing new perspectives and ideas from younger brothers more up-to-date on technology and enabling the circle to do things a little smarter. The varied ages of wives and partners also provide that extra touch to the circle's comradery, so essential for a successful team.

"Sunrise Serenade" - the Matilda Bay Catalina

major generalMajor General Barry Nunn addresses the Dianella meetingDianella Circle brothers and wives were treated to a special guest speaker at the January meeting. Major General Barry Nunn (retired) OA, RFD gave a most interesting presentation about the "Double Sunrise" of the Catalina flying boats of Matilda Bay in Crawley during the Second World War.

Barry served ten years with the British Army and 40 years with the Australian Defence Force Reserve. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1989 and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001.

Those brothers who lived in Perth during the Second World War will be able to relate to the magnificent Catalina flying boats moored at Matilda Bay in Crawley on the Swan River.

"In 1943, Qantas, the British Air Ministry and BOAC agreed to a daring plan to re-establish the Australia-England air link that had been cut by advancing Japanese forces," Major General Nunn said. "The plan called for regular flights between the Swan River and Koggala Lake in Southern Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)."

"The single Indian Ocean hop was 5,652 kilometres would, at the time, be the longest non-stop regular passenger flight ever attempted in the world. Celestial navigation had to be used to maintain radio silence over waters patrolled by enemy aircraft. The weight of fuel limited the Catalina's load to only three passengers and 69 kilos of diplomatic and armed forces mail."

"The first flight took place on 29 June 1943 under the command of Captain Russell Tapp," Major General Nunn said. "The flying boats travelling at about 200 kilometres per hour would take an average of 28 hours to complete the journey in good conditions, but up to 32 hours when winds were unfavourable."

"These plans were so heavy with fuel on takeoff that the failure of one engine during the first ten hours of flight would have made ditching inevitable. Fortunately this never happened."

"Meteorological information was confined to forecasts on local weather conditions at either end, but a meteorological office was later set up at Cocos Island for use in extreme need."

"Each passenger was given an illustrated certificate entitling them to membership in 'Rare and Secret Order of the Double Sunrise' to attest that they had been airborne for more than 24 hours. By the time the operation ended on 18 July 1945, 271 crossings of the Indian Ocean had been completed using the Catalinas. They carried 648 passengers and flown more than 1.5 million kilometres."

In closing his address, Major General Nunn reminded Dianella brothers that one of these Catalina flying boats is on show in all its glory at the RAAF Museum in Bullcreek in Perth.

Taken on a spiritual journey to Peru

sister francisSister Francis of the JosephitesFifty-five Dianella brothers and wives were treated to another fabulous night at the Mt Lawley Golf Club on 27 February 2019. The special guest speaker was Sister Francis of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, often called the Josephites who were founded in 1866 in Penola, South Australia by Mary MacKillop. Sister Maggie Moriarty was there to assist her with the presentation.

Sister Francis worked as a secondary school teacher and Principal in Western Australia before joining the Catholic Education Office changing direction into adult faith education for spiritual accompaniment and leading retreats. She also spent six years coordinating a spirituality centre in the Kimberley before moving to Peru in South America where she worked for 12 years leading retreats and spending time with disabled young people and their families. Sister Francis worked against the trafficking of people and joined members of the local community helping to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the earth.

She has been back in Australia for about a year and has been involved in the Plenary Council 2020, listening and assisting at dialogue sessions and conducting a course teaching people to forgive and reconcile.

Using a detailed map of Peru, Sister Francis traced the countries history back thousands of years. She talked about an area well known to tourists, Machu Picchu, which is an Icon citadel set high in the Andes mountains in Peru above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it is said to be the tranquility of where both heaven and earth meet.

She said that, surprisingly the Catholic religion represents 76 per cent of the population of Peru and each location and suburb has their special Saint and feast day, which vary across the calendar.

"The local people are very keen that a big celebration is held for their Patron Saint," she said, "and with many churches, there are lots of festivities with music, dancing and feasting going on somewhere every day."

In the poorer outer locations where Sister Francis spent most of her time, the people survived on locally produced products.

With lots of fertile soil they are able to provide a huge range of vegetables and grains and, in addition one of the most popular traditions is for women to weave wonderful pieces of clothing a lot of it coming from the Llama animals in the area.

A large number of these items direct from Peru were on display after Sister Francis's presentation and available for sale with the proceeds going back to the poor people in Peru.

At the conclusion of the presentation, President Lou Daily presented Sister Francis with a cheque for $500 and a book entitled "The Eagle and the Cross" which traces the life of a German-born priest, Father Odelo who spent much of his life as a missionary in South Africa.

In the course of the evening, Lou Daily mentioned to Sister Maggie Moriarty that his late wife, Janice had two aunties named Kath and Maggie Moriarty who lived in Bunbury. Lou recalled that when they were a lot younger they visited these aunts many times on their way back home from Janice's fathers house in Busselton. It transpires that Janice's mother was a sister of Kath and Maggie.

And to take the coincident to another level, it was also revealed in discussion that another Dianella brother; Noel Ashcroft's family also knew the Moriarty family well.

It's a small, small world.

Time out for a coffee and chat

coffeeThe happy Dianella coffee group at Jamoccas in NorandaDianella Vice President, Peter Kora has been on the lookout for different ways in which circle brothers can meet on a casual basis to develop a stronger bond of comradeship, away from normal monthly meetings. Peter spent a lot of time promoting this type of casual get together selecting a central location in Noranda at a café called Jamoccas that provides both indoor and outdoor service allowing more of the circle's senior age members to enjoy a couple of hours out during daylight hours.

The coffee breaks started with an average attendance of about four or five, but the number has gradually increased to about 15.

Other circles in Province 20 that have started informal coffee breaks include Canning and Joondalup with great success. Worth thinking about if your circle is looking for something simple to develop closer bonding.


 Great night at the Swan Yacht Club

Fr christmas for a nightFather Christmas for the night, Dick Finucane presenting one of many raffle prizes to Patricia HanrahanA large gathering of brothers, wives and visitors enjoyed a wonderful Christmas celebration at the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle on 13 December 2018 with the venue excelling in both the quality of the meal and service.

jan coffeyJan Coffey receives her prize, presented by Frank HumphrisSpecial guests attending the function were Gerry and Lyn Barton (Liwara Circle), Peter and Maree Johnston (Joondalup Circle) and a former Fremantle member, John Frost (Joondalup Circle).

Some 34 people attended the celebration with Dick Finucane facilitating a "monster" raffle and gift giving ritual with everyone going home carrying a treasured prize.


Physiotherapy award to Notre Dame scholar

alex bonovichAlex Banovich presents the Catenian Association physiotherapy award to Anna Henderson of Notre Dame University, FremantleFor many years Fremantle Circle has been supportive of the youth in the area with awards. In October Samuel Sanginiti, who graduated from Christian Brother College (CBC) in Fremantle, was awarded the Fremantle Circle sponsored Catenian Association service award for 2018 in recognition of his commitment to the sacramental life of CBC and to the Catholic Church in its teachings.

Then in December the Fremantle Circle physiotherapy award for 2018 was presented to Anna Henderson at the Academic Awards Ceremony held at the Tannock Hall of Education, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus. Fremantle Vice President, Alex Banovich, made the presentation.





Working lunch

Graham Mahony, Lou Daily (Dianella Circle) and Kevin Hefron While enjoying a meal together in December 2018, Graham Mahony and Kevin Hefron took the opportunity to seek the valuable advice of St Vincent de Paul member and Dianella Circle brother, Lou Daily. On behalf of his own Catholic Parish in the Fremantle district, Graham is investigating the possibility of establishing a Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

graham mahonyGraham Mahony, Lou Daily (Dianella Circle) and Kevin HefronLou joined the Morley/Dianella Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society in April 2013 and just 18 months later was appointed Regional President of the Swan Region in November 2014. This region stretches from Dianella through to Midland and eastward to Kalamunda and Lesmurdie, encompassing 13 Conferences. During his four-year term as Regional President, two new Conferences were established in Ellenbrook and Guildford. Lou was also a member of State Council, Chair of the Members and Conference Committee and Chair of the Swan Regional Committee.

Lou said that an important part of the Regional President's role is to encourage the good work of the Vinnies, promote recruitment and expansion and to manage the budget.

"During my time in office," Lou said, "while recruiting new members for the St Vincent de Paul Society I was also able to recruit some gents to the Catenian Association including George Walls who was the Swan Regional President prior to me and is now a brother of Dianella Circle."

"This strategy of promoting recruitment to both organisations should be a priority for all our circles," he said.

Outstanding service

margaretandjedMargaret and Ged Kerrigan pictured with circle President, Graham MahonyThe untiring contribution made by Fremantle Brother Ged Kerrigan and his wife, Margaret was acknowledged at the circles meeting and ladies night on 21 February 2019. In presenting the circles "Achievement Award", President Graham Mahony said that Ged's commitment and promotion of the circle and the Catenian Association over a significant period of time has been outstanding and he was a worthy recipient of the award.

Graham said that Ged and Margaret continue to put their whole-hearted effort into the circle and Association despite periods of poor health and their hard work has been much appreciated.



Breaking the membership drought

Dedication, hard work and perseverance have been rewarded with the recruitment of two new members, Robert Williams and Peter McCutheon both installed at the Fremantle Circle's meeting on 21 February 2019. It has been a challenging time with a steadily reducing membership base over the past few years, but the outlook is positive with interest in joining also expressed by several other Catholic men in local parishes.

robert williamsLeft to right: Robert Williams, Graham Mahony (President), Peter McCutheon and Kevin Hefron (Provincial President)Robert (Bob) Williams was born in Albany in Western Australia in 1945. At the time of his birth his father, John was a pilot with the RAAFA and his mother, Doreen was living with her parents in Albany. His mother's great grandfather settled in Albany after migrating from Devon in England in 1836.

Robert attended St Peter's Convent in Bedford, CBC Perth, St John's Institution in Kuala Lumpur, St Xavier's Institution in Penang, CBC Kalgoorlie and Trinity College in Perth. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in mathematics and economics from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and subsequently obtained a Graduate Diploma in Computing from the Western Australian Institute of Technology, a Master of Information Systems degree from Curtin University and Doctor of Philosophy in automated essay grading from Curtin University.

Robert lived with his family in Malaya from 1956 to 1958 while his father was working as Education Officer under the Colombo Plan. He was there in 1957 when Malaya became independent of the United Kingdom in the event known as Merdeka and this is celebrated every year in Malaysia on 31 August.

In 1967 Robert joined the Bureau of Census and Statistics in Canberra as a Computer Programmer-in-Training. He has over 40 years experience in the information systems industry as a programmer, systems analyst, researcher and university lecturer at Curtin University. His experience includes systems analysis and design and programming on a variety of mainframe, mini and personal computers and a variety of operating systems and programming languages. Robert has worked with mathematical, statistical, bridge and road engineering, financial and educational systems including automated essay grading systems. He has published 24 single and co-authored articles on system users' personalities and satisfaction decision support systems automated essay-grading systems.

Robert is a co-owner of Blue Wren Software Pty Ltd, a software company that specialises in automated essay grading systems. The company has successfully graded over ten thousand short answer psychology essays for the University of Maryland in the USA.

In his final year at UWA Robert experienced the first symptoms of the schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and the bi-polar disorder. He has successfully managed the illness with various antipsychotic medications and, in spite of the illness, has had a successful and fulfilling career.

Robert is a keen advocate for the mentally ill and has helped them through his parish church outreach program. He is currently the chairperson of the Committee of Management of Catholic Outreach established in 1990 in the Perth Archdiocese to promote, develop and implement parish based pastoral care programs.

Catholic Outreach directs its efforts towards assisting parish and regional based care projects, facilitates interaction with professional services provided by established agencies in the Archdiocese and assists in the total Christian development of parishioners by enabling them to discover and carry out charitable endeavours.

The vision of Catholic Outreach is to develop within all parishes support networks that will enable its members to offer charitable care as requested within the parish or local community.

In 1983 Robert married teacher, Theresa Pauley, formerly of Wickepin and they have a daughter, Claire. Claire followed in the footsteps of her father and obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture with distinction at UWA. She is married to Neil Bastian, a high school mathematics teacher and they have three sons.

Peter McCutheon was born in Perth in 1943 and attended St Francis Xavier in East Perth for primary school and completed secondary school at Christian Brothers High School also in East Perth. Leaving school he joined the Public Service and received his tertiary training in various government departments.

Peter has been a very active parishioner at St Columba Church in South Perth.

He is very interested in sport, particularly cricket and Australian Rules football. He supported the East Perth Cricket Club and later played for North Perth in the Western Australian Cricket Association competition. As a football supporter Peter supports St Kilda in the AFL and East Perth in the Western Australian Football League.

Peter was enticed to become involved in the Catenian Association by Patricia Hanrahan, who is a parishioner at St Columba Catholic Church.

He is looking to get friendship and commitment to life from being involved in Fremantle Circle and wants to become involved in the circle activities, committing his own friendship and firm belief in his faith.


Special visitor from the UK

bob northBob North (centre) pictured with Joondalup President, Barry Webb and John FrostBob North was a welcome visitor at Joondalup circle's meeting in February 2019. Bob was spending a few weeks in Perth visiting family members and took the opportunity to spend a very pleasant evening at Cambrai. Bob is a long-term member of the Catenian Association, West Norfolk Circle, in England.

He was the guest of Joondalup Brother, John Frost who lives close to Bob's family in Kingsley.





Welcome addition to Joondalup Circle

A large number of Joondalup brothers were in attendance at the circle's February 2019 to welcome the installation of Les Croxford who lives in Karrinyup with his wife, Bernadette.

Les was born in Albany where he attended primary and secondary school. His first job after leaving school in 1964 was with the Commonwealth Bank in Mount Barker, but this only lasted a few months before he was appointed Cadet Engineer (Engineer-in-training) to the Town Engineer with the Town of Albany.

He worked there until 1967 when he resigned to attend the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) as a full-time engineering student.

john monkhouseLeft to right: John Monkhouse (sponsor), David Grieve (installed earlier during the year), Les Croxford, Rolf Bank (sponsor) and John Hollywood (Membership Officer)After two years with the City of South Perth while completing his final two units of his engineering degree at night school, his first job after graduating as a professional engineer in 1971 was with the City of Fremantle where he was appointed City Engineer in 1977 and remained in that position until 1987.

Les then joined a mining contractor working in the Perth branch office as a Contracts Administrator, a position he held until 1993 when he returned to the City of South Perth and remained there until his retirement in 2018.

During his time with the City of South Perth, Les held various engineering management roles from Operations Manager, Executive Manager Works Division, Manager Construction and Maintenance to Manager Engineering Infrastructure.

Although he first met Bernadette in 1967 through a mutual friend while she was at the Secondary Teachers College, Nedlands Campus and Les was at WAIT, they did not meet again until their first date on 14 February 1970; the start of a beautiful friendship.

By then Bernadette was teaching and Les was still completing night school.

Les and Bernadette were engaged in September 1971 and married on 20 December of the same year at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarborough. They flew to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang for their honeymoon.

Les and Bernadette have four children, three boys and one girl. The boys completed year 3 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School before transferring to Newman College and their daughter completed all her schooling in the Newman College system, comprising Brigidine, Marist and Siena Colleges.

Les and Bernadette have three granddaughters and one grandson. After living in a two-bedroom apartment in the first couple of years of their marriage, Les and Bernadette purchased a basic tenyear- old three-bedroom house in Karrinyup.

As their family grew the home was modified, a swimming pool was added together with an outdoor entertainment area. While the house served its purpose it was always a "house made of many add-ons" so with the face of their Karrinyup street rapidly changing they decided to demolish the 40-plus year home and start afresh with a new home on their original block and that is now where they still live.

Les became a Catholic in 1991. Prior to that time he had been a member of the Our Lady of Good Counsel School Board holding various roles including Treasurer and Chair. He also served as a member of the Newman College Senior School Board and also the Siena College Board. On amalgamation of the two colleges in the mid nineties he was elected to the inaugural Newman Secondary College Board. Les and Bernadette are both readers at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and Les serves as a Special Minister.

Les admits to being an Australian Rules football "tragic" having followed WAFL teams Swan Districts and Perth and VFL teams Essendon and North Melbourne. With the introduction of the West Coast Eagles he started to attend all Eagles home games with his daughter up to the teams first grand final win in 1992 after which they became members of the club and still are. His oldest son followed the Fremantle Dockers since inception and he and Bernadette became members of that club in 1996. With their sons transfer to the country the two of them shared a membership until 2017 and now Bernadette and Les are members of the Dockers.

Les attended several meetings of Joondalup Circle as a guest before committing to membership and looks forward to the fellowship offered with like-minded Catholic men.

Remembering deceased brothers

father basingaFather Basiaga talking after Mass to David Chatel (centre) and John MonkhouseA strong turnout of brothers and wives attended the Joondalup Circle President's Mass at St Andrew's Catholic Church on Sunday 17 March 2019 in remembrance of the circle's deceased brothers. Salvatorian Priest, Father Dariusz Basiaga celebrated the Mass for Derrick Flynn, Jim Rea, Gerry Forster, Dennis Reid, Gene Vance and David Young.

the ladiesThe ladies table, Left to right: Sheila McBride, Maree Johnston, Jocelyn Doak, Marlene Monkhouse, Merle Reid, Dot Colgan, Christine Bank and Elizabeth WebbMembership Officer, John Hollywood addressed parishioners at the Mass, which was well attended with a very large congregation. The St Andrew's Church is located in the immediate vicinity of the Joondalup Circle meeting place at Cambrai and, with its large, expanding parish should become the prime source of new Joondalup Circle members.

Father Basiaga is a strong supporter of the Catenian Association, providing a good opportunity to promote the Joondalup Circle, which should be taken full advantage of. Members and wives took the opportunity to meet briefly with parishioners at morning tea after the Mass before adjourning to the home of President, Barry Webb and his wife Elizabeth in Craigie for a delightful "brunch".

Barbecue chatter

cookingupafeastCooking up a feast, left to right: David Grieve, Mick Doak, Pat Winton and John MonkhouseSimple is often best. In the past few years Joondalup Circle, under the leadership of Social Coordinator John Monkhouse, has adopted an approach of offering a regular number of informal social functions to members, partners and guests; an initiative that has been rewarded with very positive results.

salad serviceSalad service, left to right: Maree Johnston, Dot Colgan, Jocelyn Doak and Elizabeth WebbOne such function held over the last two years is a Friday evening barbecue at the home of John Frost. John is hindered somewhat by a prosthetic leg, although it doesn't prevent him from attending meetings and most social events. Living alone, he always maintains that the "Catenians are my extended family", and welcomes the chance of hosting a barbecue where everyone has the opportunity to move freely about chatting and enjoying wonderful fellowship.

On Friday 15 March 2019 over 20 brothers and wives shared an evening with John at his home where the food and drink was good and the friendship even better.

Thanks to John Frost for opening his house, John and Marlene Monkhouse for their superb organisation and, of course, the "salad ladies".


Relaxing on the banks of the Swan River

swanThere's probably no better way to start of the New Year, than a relaxing afternoon on the banks of the Swan River.

For the past few years' members of Liwara Circle have done just that; holding its first social event for the calendar year with a January sundowner under he shady trees at Matilda Bay in Crawley near the University of Western Australia.

Although it was a hot Sunday afternoon and many Liwara members were away on holidays, there was a good turnout of brothers and wives with a few visitors from other circles.


City of Mandurah

Birthday celebrations in Sydney

geoff pendergastGeoff Prendergast at the top of the Sydney Harbour BridgeGeoff Prendergast at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Geoff Prendergast took his wife, Deanna to Sydney in January to celebrate her birthday, also taking the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the Australia Day public holiday. This is the fourth time Geoff has climbed the bridge, the other times in 2003, 2008 and 2013. Deanna completed the climb with him in 2008 and said she had a terrific time, but once was enough.

However Geoff continues to be drawn by the magnificent views of the city and waterways with its mass of ships, ferries and naval vessels.

"It was tough this time," he admits. "The climb was made in the middle of a very hot 38 degree day with one lady having to be stretchered down suffering from dehydration."

"Climbers are not allowed to carry water or cameras," Geoff explained, "but there are a few stops along the way and at the top of the bridge where you cross over to start the descent you have your photo taken. '

"And, after the climb I celebrated with five beers at a nearby hotel," he said.

During their stay in Sydney they celebrated Deanna's birthday with dinner in the famous glass room at the Hilton Hotel. They also did a lunch cruise on the harbour, a Big Red hop-on-hop-off tour and a visit to Bondi Beach without getting their feet wet.

Celebrating 50 years of happy marriage

mike kayMike and Kaye Seeber receive a Papal Blessing from St Damien’s Parish Priest, Father Vincent CompleMike and Kaye Seeber receive a Papal Blessing from St Damien's Parish Priest, Father Vincent Comple City of Mandurah Brother Mike Seeber and his wife Kaye celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 9 February 2019 with Mass at St Damien of Molokai Catholic Church at Dawesville where they were happy to receive a Papal Blessing and renewed their wedding vows before Parish Priest Father Vincent Comple, family and friends.

Mike and Kaye were married at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Palmyra on 7 February 1969 celebrated by Parish Priest, Father MacGillacuddy.

They met in 1964 at the Australian Taxation Department (now the ATO) where they both worked. They became engaged in a leap year on 29 February 1968, which Mike points out is Sadie Hawkin's Day; the day in American folk lore that single girls can pursue eligible men. In any case, due to their chosen date to become engaged, during their 50 years of marriage, Mike and Kaye have celebrated far more wedding anniversaries than engagement anniversaries.

After their wedding they lived in a flat at Maylands overlooking the upper reaches of the Swan River, later moving into a duplex in Melville. In early 1972 Mike and Kaye moved into their first house in Melville Glades (now Bullcreek) with the arrival of a son. In all they have been blessed with three sons, Paul, Matthew and Jason and have four grandchildren; two boys and twin girls.

In 1975 Mike was transferred in his work to the Tax Department head office in Canberra where he worked with a team set up to undertake the modernisation of the IT hardware and systems of the ATO.

After 12 months of interesting work and enjoying weekend trips to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria it was time to return home to Perth. Mike resumed with the ATO and Kaye to a new business venture, purchasing a small share registry business which maintained the records and share transactions for clients of stockbroking companies.

By 1993 they had had enough of the city hustle and bustle, so they retreated to country Mandurah where they enjoyed 11 years of life on a five-acre property. After some six years of commuting to the city, Mike retired in 1998 and Kaye sold her business soon afterwards and worked as the Parish Secretary of Our Lady's Assumption Catholic Parish in Mandurah for a few years before she, too retired.

Since retiring they have kept very busy with voluntary work; Mike with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Mandurah and Kaye with the Legion of Mary, YouthCARE and her latest project, which is a non-residential drop in centre for women in distress and domestic violence situations. The centre is called WA Mum's Cottage Inc.

Mike and Kaye say that they have been fortunate to enjoy some overseas travel in their retirement, their favourite place being the Devon/Dorset area in Southern England.

They now reside in the RAAFA Village at Erskine, a gated community where, incidentally, another six Catenian Brothers also live. Mike and Kaye are members of St Damien's Catholic Parish at Dawesville where Kaye is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

New brothers

presidentwayneLeft to right: President, Wayne Wright, new brothers, Bob Fitzgerald and Mick O’Brien, Membership Officer, Harry Langdon and Chairman for the 300th meeting, David BestThe City of Mandurah maintained its outstanding recent outstanding record in recruiting new members with the installation of two new brothers, Bob Fitzgerald and Mick O'Brien at the circle's 300th meeting held at the Peel Thunder Football Club on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Robert (Bob) Fitzgerald was born in Mount Gambier in South Australia and attended primary schools at Wudinna, Cummins, Yeelanna and Mt Burr all country towns in South Australia. He completed his secondary education at Sacred Heart College in Adelaide and tertiary/training at Caulfield Tech in Melbourne.

The early part of Bob's working career was in the army. He went to Army Apprentices School, Officer Cadet School, and Army Officer serving 22 years in the military. He then went into small business where he worked for the next 25 years.

Bob met Mary in Perth in 1962 and they were married at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Rockingham on 28 December 1964. Bob was a good mate of Mary's brother and they met while on leave from the army in June 1962. Bob and Mary have been blessed with six children and six delightful grandchildren.

Bob's hobbies in his retirement include working in the garden shed, gardening, his volunteer work with the St Vincent de Paul Society and barracking for the Adelaide Crows in the AFL.

"I knew nothing about the Catenians," Bob said, "until he and Mary struck up a conversation with Wayne Wright when they were quite new to the parish at Our Lady's Assumption Catholic Church in Mandurah. Wayne was very warm and friendly and encouraged Mary and I to come along to a dinner at the Peel Thunder Football Club where we were warmly welcomed."

"We very impressed by the fellowship that prevailed and wanted to be part of the Catenian family," he said.

City of Perth

Welcome addition to Provincial Council

provpreskevinProvincial President, Kevin Hefron (right) congratulates Ian Moncrieff after his induction to Provincial Council Provincial Secretary, Harry Muller is pictured in the backgroundProvincial President, Kevin Hefron (right) congratulates Ian Moncrieff after his induction to Provincial Council Provincial Secretary, Harry Muller is pictured in the background

Ian Moncrieff was inducted to Province 20 Provincial Council at its February meeting to represent the members of City of Perth Circle.

Ian joined the Catenian Association and City of Perth Circle in June 2000, serving as President in 2006/07 and 2014/15 and Vice President in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Although still feeling his way, Ian has already made valuable input to Provincial deliberations and looks forward to making a positive contribution to the advancement of the Association during his term of office.



Swan Valley

Christmas in the valley

robyn richardRobyn and RichardSwan Valley brothers and their wives celebrated Christmas with a party on 8 December 2018 at the beautiful Upper Swan property of Richard Taylor and Robyn Dinneen.

announcingAnnouncing their engagement at the Swan Valley Christmas party, Vince DeBono and Carol PoystonRobyn and Richard Special guests at the party were the Australian National President, Ralph Fitzpatrick and his wife, Liana and Provincial President, Kevin Hefron and his wife, Denise.

A warm welcome was extended to Swan Valley Brother, Peter Tuinder who has been unwell for some time and it was pleasing that he was able to attend. Members were also pleased that Wim Hultink was able to join them for the evening.

emmanuelEmmanuel Calleja and Garry WettonCircle members were also delighted to extend their congratulations to Vince DeBono and Carol Poyston who proudly and joyfully announced their engagement during the evening.

robynandroccoRoslyn and Rocco RechichiAfter a meal of superbly cooked meat, elaborate salads and sweets, festivities continued with singing of Christmas carols, ably led by Carol Walsh.





Celebrating 60 years of marriage

Congratulations are extended to Swan Valley Brother Jim Miolin and his wife, Jenny who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November 2018.

Jim and Jenny met at a very young age and married in November 1958. Ten months later son Steve was born followed closely by Michelle, Jane (deceased), Mark, Beth and Phil. They shared a phenomenal family life.

jimandjennyJim is the son of Steve and Ana Miolin who migrated from Croatia.

He was born in Guildford, Western Australia in 1935 and attended primary school at what was then called St Joseph's convent school in Bassendean. His secondary education took place at Christian Brothers College in Highgate.

Nineteen years of his working life was in the general insurance industry followed by about 21 years with the Catholic Social Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Perth. In between these jobs he spent a full season on a wheat and sheep farm.

After their marriage, Jim and Jenny became very involved in the Bassendean parish life, serving on the parish pastoral council. Jim served as President, on the liturgical committee and was one of three parish members working with the architects on the new church building that was completed in 1973. Jenny was President of the School Board and was also involved as Manager of the tuckshop and many other school activities including coaching the boys football, tennis and swimming. She was also a member of the inaugural Archdiocese Pastoral Council.

For some years Jim and Jenny were members of the Redemptorist team, assisting in preparations for parish missions.

Their active participation as members of the Catholic Social Apostolate (CSA) Family Groups and Parish Council Days of Reflection resulted in Jim being invited to apply for the role of the inaugural full-time Executive Officer of the CSA. He was appointed to this role by Archbishop Goody for an initial two years; then extended for an indefinite period. Invaluable support was given by chaplains Geoff Aldous (five years), Father Bill Foley (five years) and Father Barry Whitely (16 years) as well as support from Brian Moylan of the Christian Life Movement of Adelaide. Jenny and Jim job shared for an eight-year period during this time.

Although Christian Life groups was seen as the main objective of the CSA, the Parish Pastoral Council work was becoming so extensive that Archbishop Goody decided to appoint a separate body to take responsibility for this work. Archbishop Goody invited and formally installed a group of six members and launched the Archdiocesan Committee for the Formation of Parish Pastoral Councillors with Jim responsible for the secretarial work and coordination.

A Synod on the Laity was called to be held in Rome in 1987 and in preparation for this event; during 1986 five continental gatherings were planned around the world. Jim was one of the Western Australian members who met in Auckland in New Zealand with people of the Oceania Region. The Bishops met in Rome the following year to discuss the reports of the five continental meetings. Following on from this Synod, Pope John Paul II presented his Apostolic Letter "Christifedeles Laici" on the vocation and the mission of the lay faithful in the church.

In 1989 Jim was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL) requiring four one-week meetings in Rome over five years with other worldwide appointees.

For a few years Jim continued to run an occasional Parish Council Day of Reflection and spent two years meeting weekly with the seminarians working as a group Reflecting on the Relationship of Faith and Life in every aspect of their daily living. For a number of years he co-facilitated personal development and self awareness groups. He also had two years left with the PCL in Rome.

Until recently maintaining the family five-acre property, participating in all family events which arise with five children, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, extended family and friends and a series of other activities including numerous trips to Croatia have kept Jim and Jenny extremely busy.

Proud grandparents

paulandpatriciaPaul and Patricia Mavrick with their grandson, JamesPaul and Patricia Mavrick with their grandson, James Swan Valley Brother Paul Mavrick and his wife, Patricia have very good reasons to be extremely proud of their grandson, James Mavrick. At the 2018 La Salle College presentation night held at the Perth Convention Centre James was named Dux of the college.

His winning subjects were maths specialist, math methods, physics and chemistry. His ATAR mark was 99.65.

James follows a list of Mavricks, including his father Michael who have attended La Salle College. He has been accepted by the University of Western Australia to study medicine.


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