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We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.
We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.
- Published: Saturday, 09 October 2010 10:49
NEW BOOK BY JIM LITTLETON MSC
With his series of booklets on different aspects of Australian MSC history, Jim Littleton has provided readers with background and details about a variety of ministries and missions, Tasmania, New Zealand, Thursday Island, Military Chaplains... His book on Croydon Monastery is larger and longer than the previous books. It covers a period of over fifty years, from the mid 1930s to 1991 when monastery and grounds were sold to the archdiocese of Melbourne.
In its heyday in the later 1950s, there were over 60 students at one time at Croydon. When the student body transferred to Navarre House in Sydney’s Drummoyne, in 1985, there were only three students. Since the sale of the monastery, it has become the parish centre for the Croydon and previous East Ringwood parishes.
Jim has described the book as memoirs rather than history. While he has combed through archives and presented interesting examples, from the plans for the MSCs to move to Melbourne to the details of the negotiations for the sale, he has drawn on stories and memories which give the flavour of the times. The book offers the opportunity for readers to appreciate the huge transitions from the styles of formation in the 1940s and 1950s to the upheavals of the 1960s and the different ways in which formation adapted to the changing church in terms of personal responsibility for students, spiritual and psychological growth and pastoral experience and assessment in the aftermath of the renewal of the Second Vatican Council.
The added value to the book is the extensive range of photographs of Croydon and the people who lived and worked there.