An induction program for people emerging and middle leaders in EREA schools and Oceania Ministries.

Why Into the Deep?

The call of Simon (Peter) and the first disciples in Luke’s Gospel provides insightful exploration of what it means to respond to the call to be a leader. What commences as a miracle story soon becomes a story of calling and honest self reflection. Not only must the one who is called to trust the one who calls them, they must also trust in their own ability if they are to set out ‘into the deep’ as disciple. Jesus informs his first disciples that they will be catching people “alive” and leading them to the fullness of life that is God’s vision of justice, peace and compassion for all creation: the Reign of God.

Program Objectives

To provide those who feel called to leadership within within EREA and the Oceania Province with the opportunity to integrate their leadership potential and development with an emerging understanding of charism and mission – both personally and collectively. Specifically, the program aims to offer:

  • a valued leadership experience that  deepens an appreciation and understanding of the mission of Edmund Rice Communities for today and a desire to contribute to this mission in their community and the wider network (of schools and/or ministries regionally, nationally, globally) from a leadership perspective
  • an opportunity to consider aspects of leadership from theological, spiritual and educational perspectives within the context of mission and charism for today
  • an enriching experience of networking and story-sharing that patterns the ways in which meaning is shared through participation in conversation and inquiry
  • an experience and exploration of what it means and what it could mean to be a part of the EREA and Oceania Province network to support and emerge into leadership within their individual area of influence relevant to the strategic directions of Oceania Province and EREA – to inquire into challenges, share successes, develop new initiatives and possibilities
  • an experience of being a learning community and an inquiry into what it might mean to continue as a learning community that supports and informs leadership for mission

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • a deeper understanding of the Life of Jesus and His mission to bring about a world of justice and peace – The Kingdom
  • a deeper understanding of the Charism of Edmund and his countercultural response to the signs of the times.
  • To develop, inquire and reflect upon their understanding of leadership within a Charism based organisation.
  • To explore the heart centred spirituality of Edmund and look at some spiritual practices to nurture their own spiritual journey 
  • to develop skills that support ongoing learning, self-understanding and ways of being for mission (reflective practice, conversation, dialogue, journaling etc)

Program Resources

Into the Deep - Sharing the Wisdom

Program Dates for 2018


27-28 Aug 2018
Mulgoa Retreat and Conference Centre


16-17 Aug 2018
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston


21-22 Aug 2018
Amberley Centre, Lower Plenty

Western (South Australia)

23-24 Aug 2018
ISC, Sevenhill

Western (Western Australia)

8-9 Aug 2018
SJOG Centre, Safety Bay