Formation is not only essential to our identity as Catholic schools with a life giving link to the Edmund Rice charism but is also crucial to our own personal growth and development.
The Good Seed Will Grow – a Formation Framework for Edmund Rice Communities in Oceania provides the guide for planning, designing and reviewing the diverse range of formative experiences offered by Edmund Rice Education Australia. In the spirit of this Framework, the aim of these experiences is to provide opportunities for EREA staff in schools and offices ‘to engage with, interpret and integrate our sacred story, in order to continually bring that story to life’
The following offerings make up the formative experiences designed for all EREA staff across the nation. They are also suitable for school Board personnel, staff from Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania and members of other Edmund Rice communities. A Call to Mission, A Call to Leadership and A Call to Transformation are offered at least once in each EREA Region every year, while A Vision for Liberation is offered twice at a national level.
EREA organises and supports a number of Immersion and Partnership programs for leaders and staff that promote a faith-based response to global solidarity and a commitment to reconciliation, including programs to Indigenous communities, India, Africa and South America.
A pilgrimage is a great opportunity to walk with people and hear some of their stories. Many stories have been handed down about the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. These stories help to shape our identity as women and men who follow in Edmund’s footsteps. They reveal what we hold to be important and open a window on the Gospel of Jesus that inspired Edmund to open his whole heart to the poor and place his energies with those on the margins of society.
EREA is proud to support the development of current and potential school leaders by providing a range of opportunities for personal and professional growth, including national and regional networks of school leaders; annual conferences; support for post graduate study; research projects; immersion and formation experiences; sabbatical / renewal opportunities; and Senior Leaders Induction.
In addition to these, EREA facilitates participation in the following leadership programs: