The Marists: Message from the Superior General and his Council To the Marist in Australia

During last days, record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. Some 27 people have so far been killed – including four firefighters – and an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks across Australia has burned.

Br. Peter Caroll, Provincial of Australia, in a message said:

“We are facing a major crisis across our continent. We have fires across 5 of our 6 States. Fortunately, none of our communities or schools have been affected. Frank Malloy our National Director has been helping friends fight fires and other Marists have also been involved in this. We are grateful for the thoughts and prayers of our global Marist Family.”

In solidarity with the Australian people, the Superior General and his Council send a message to the Marist in Australia.

JMJCh Jan 09 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Over the past several weeks, we, the members of the General Council, have been following closely the news of the bush fires that have ravaged so many parts of Australia.

With deep sadness, we have witnessed the terrible loss of human life—including people trying to protect their homes, farmers trying to save their livestock, firefighters and volunteers trying to protect their communities and neighbors—as well as the devastation to the bush and fauna of the surrounding areas that these fires have caused.

This tragedy has shaken us to the core and reminds us of the fragility of our planet, of our common home. We join our prayers with those of so many Marists around the world who stand with you in these difficult times.

May the God of all goodness open the heavens to quench the flames, heal the parched land, and comfort each of us, both now and in the future.

Br. Ernesto Sánchez, SG, and the General Council


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