Social Justice and Marist Diary 2016

We acknowledge the important service of the Australian Catholic Social Service Council ( ) and the excellent work of Sr Helen Kearins RSC in preparing the Social Justice elements of this resource .
Marist dates are included from Fr Alois Greiler's Chronology of the Life of Fr Jean-Claude Colin.

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Social Justice and Marist Diary for January

This month's anniversaries include Pope Gregory XVI's entrustment the Oceania missions to the Society of Mary (Jan 10, 1836) / establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy established in Canberra (Jan 26, 1972)

1 Mary, Mother of God
World Day of Prayer for Peace. Theme:  'Blessed are the peacemakers'
1901: Foundation of Commonwealth of Australia
1994: Native Title Act commence operation
3 The Epiphany of Jesus
1977: First loans by Grameen Bank, founded by Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh
10 Baptism of the Lord
1836: Oceania mission confided to the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) by Pope Gregory XVI.
1946: First UN General Assembly opens with 51 nations represented
15 1842: Mary MacKillop born in Fitzroy, Victoria
1929: Martin Luther king Jr born in Atlanta USA
17 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
24 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feast of St Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalism
25 1959: Pope John XXIII announces his intention to convoke the Second Vatican Council
26 Australia Day / Survival Day
1972: Aboriginal Tent Embassy established in Canberra
27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
31 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Social Justice and Marist Diary for February 2016

This month's anniversaries include Year of the Monkey beginning Feb 08, and release of Nelson Mandela (Feb 11, 1990)

1 World Interfaith Harmony Week begins
2 The Presentation of the Lord
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
World Wetlands Day
5 1996: Cape York Peninsula Heads of Agreement signed
6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Waitangi Day, Aotearoa New Zealand
7 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1796: Birth of Marie-Françoise Perroton, foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary

St Josephine Bakhita
Chinese New Year

10 Ash Wednesday
11 World Day of Prayer for the Sick
1990: Nelson Mandela released from prison
12 1965: The Freedom Ride commenced in Australia
2005: Sr Dorothy Stang murdered in Brazil
13 2008: Apology to Stolen Generations by Australian Government
14 First Sunday of Lent
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 Second Sunday of Lent
International Mother Language Day
28 Third Sunday of Lent
1873: Approval of Society of Mary's constitutions
Social Justice and Marist Diary for March 2016
1 International Death Penalty Abolition Day
Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day
1999: International Treaty to Ban Landmines becomes effective
4 World day of Prayer: Theme - 'Receive Children, Receive Me'
1979: Pope John Paul II's encyclical Redemptor Hominis
5 1970: International Treaty in Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
6 Fourth Sunday of Lent
Clean up Australia Day
8 International Women's Day
9 1822: Pope Pius VII writes encouraging establishment of the Society of Mary
11 2011: Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, devastated by earthquake and tsunami, killing 18,500 people, destroying the nuclear plant and causing widespread contamination
12 1913: Founding of Canberra as Australia's Capital
13 Fifth Sunday of Lent
15 World Consumer Rights Day
17 St Patrick
19 St Joseph, husband of Mary
1866: Beginning of Sisters of St Joseph at Penola, SA
2003: US and allies invade Iraq
20 Palm Sunday
21 International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
World Down Syndrome Day
World Poetry Day
World Forestry Day
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination begins
National Harmony Day (Australia)
22 World Water Day

World Meteorological Day


Holy Thursday
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
World Tuberculosis Day (WHO)
1980: Assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero

25 Good Friday
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing (UN) Staff Members
1877: Death of Caroline Chisholm
26 Holy Saturday
1967: Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum Progressio ('On the Progress of Peoples')
1975: Biological Weapons Convention enters into force
27 Easter Sunday
29 Neighbour Day (Australia)
Social Justice and Marist Diary
for April 2016

UN World Autism Awareness Day
2005: Death of Pope John Paul II

3 Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday

The Annunciation
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

6 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
1842: Jean-Claude Colin receives news of Peter Chanel's martyrdom; starts work on Beatification Cause same day
7 World Health Day
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide
8 National Youth Week begins
10 Third Sunday of Easter
11 1963: Pope John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in Terris
12 1845: First Marist priests arrive in Australia
International Day of Human Space Flight
15 1991: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission Final Report signed
17 Fourth Sunday of Easter
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
1816: Massacre of Aboriginal people at Appin, NSW
18 World Heritage Day
1842: First General Congregation of Society of Mary begins at Puylata, Lyon, France
1955: Death of Albert Einstein
22 International Mother Earth Day
23 World Book and Copyright Day
24 Fifth Sunday of Easter
1945: First United Nations Conference opens with 45 nations attending
25 Anzac Day
26 1986: Nuclear plant accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine, causing thousands of deaths and widespread contamination in Europe
1998: Bishop Gerardi murdered in Guatemala
27 2014: Popes John XXIII and John Paul II canonised
28 1841: St Peter Chanel, pioneer Marist missionary and first martyr of Oceania, martyred in
Futuna, Western Pacific
29 1836: Approbation of Society of Mary (Marist Fathers)
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
30 International Jazz Day
Social Justice and Marist Diary
for May 2016

May 18 / 29

1 Sixth Sunday of Easter
St Joseph the Worker

International Workers Day
1991: Pope John Paul II's encyclical Centesimus Annus, on the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum
3 World Press Freedom Day
4 Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Memorial Day
5 Blessed Edmund Rice
6 1992: Introduction of mandatory detention for asylum seekers in Australia
7 Fair Trade fortnight begins
8 The Ascension
Mothers' Day
World Communications Day
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
1945: War ends in Europe
1970: First Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in Australian cities
9 1854: General Chapter of the Society of Mary accepts the resignation of Jean-Claude Colin
10 1994: Nelson Mandela's Inaugural Address as President of South Africa
12 International Nurses' Day
13 International Conscientious Objectors Day
14 World Fair Trade Day
1971: Pope Paul VI's Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action)
15 Pentecost Sunday
Jubilee Sunday
UN International Day of Families
1891: Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum (on Capital and Labour)
1931: Pope Pius XI's encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (on Reconstruction of the Social Order)
1961: Pope John XXIII's encyclical Mater et Magistra (on Christianity and Social Progress)
16 World Debt Day

World Telecommunications and Information Society Day
2005: Death of Fr Ted Kennedy

18 1837: Jean-Claude Colin signs contract for first general house in Lyon (Puylata)
20 1879: Birth of Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers
2002: Timor-Leste Constitution came into force with Xanana Gusmao as first President
21 World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 Trinity Sunday
International Day for Biological Diversity
23 International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Mary Help of Christians, Patron of Australia
1948: Foundation of World Council of Churches
2015: Pope Francis' encyclical 'Laudato Si'

25 Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non Self-Governing Territories begins
26 National Sorry Day
1997: Bringing Them Home Report tabled in Parliament
27 National Reconciliation Week begins
Week of Prayer for Reconciliation begins
1967: Referendum changes articles in the Australian Constitution that discriminates against Indigenous people
28 1842: Jean-Claude Colin leaves for Rome via Marseilles with Victor Poupinel
29 Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ)
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
1992: Torres Strait Islander flag launched
31 World No Tobacco Day

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for June 2016

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1 Global Day of Parents
3 1886: Catholic and Anglican Martyrs of Uganda
1992: High Court hands down decision in Mabo Case
4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
1989: Tiananmen Square Massacre
5 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Environment Day
6 1840: Death of St Marcellin Champagnat
7 Ramadan begins
8 World Oceans Day
10 1838: Myall Creek Massacre
1935: Alcoholics Anonymous established in New York
11 1971: Neville Bonner first Aboriginal Australian to hold a seat in Federal Parliament
1975: Australia ratifies the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
12 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
1988: Barunga Statement presented to Prime Minister Bob Hawke by Aboriginal leaders
15 World Elder Abuse Day
1842: Jean-Claude Colin has audience with Pope Gregory XVI
1847: Jean-Claude Colin has audience with Pope Pius IX
17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
19 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
National Refugee Week begins
1945: Birth of Aung San Suu Kyi
1969: Arbitration Commission affirms principle of equal pay for women performing equal work
20 World Refugee Day

1989: Destruction of the Berlin Wall

23 UN Public Service Day
International Widows' Day
1854: Jean-Claude Colin leaves for Rome with Fr Yardin
24 The Nativity of John the Baptist
25 Day of the Seafarer
26 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
29 Saints Peter and Paul
30 1858: Death of Jeanne-Marie Chavoin, foundress of the Marist Sisters
1945: Introduction of unemployment benefits in Australia

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for July 2016

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1 1854: Jean-Claude Colin arrives in Rome for his fifth visit
2012: The Fair Work Amendment (TCF Industry) Act 2011 commenced, ensuring fair pay and conditions for outworkers in the garment industry
International Tartan Day (Australasia)
2 International Day of Cooperatives
3 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
NAIDOC Week begins

1935: Birth of Dalai Lama - awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1989

7 Eid-al-Fittr - Muslim breaking of the fast
1945: Blessed Peter To Rot - killed in Papua New Guinea, recognised as a martyr
10 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Apostleship of the Sea
1985: Sinking of Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland
11 World Population Day
12 1971: Aboriginal Flag first flown in Adelaide
14 1995: Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag proclaimed official flags of Australia
16 1945: First Atomic bomb detonated in New Mexico
17 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
18 1918: Birth of Nelson Mandela
20 1969: First moon landing accomplished by Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins
21 1846: Jean-Claude Colin leaves on his third visit to Rome
22 St Mary Magdalene
23 1816: 200th anniversary of the promise at Fourviere to form the Society of Mary
24 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bible Sunday
26 1833: Emancipation Bill approved, abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire
29 Schools Tree Day
30 World Day against Trafficking in Persons
International Day of Friendship
31 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
National Tree Day
National Missing Persons Week begins

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for August 2016


1 National Homeless Persons Week begins
2010: Convention on Cluster Munitions comes into effect
2 1965: First Indochinese refugees allowed to settle in Australia
4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day
6 1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
7 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
National Vocations Awareness Week begins
1790: Birth of Jean-Claude Colin
8 St Mary MacKillop
9 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
10 1873: Death of Marie Françoise Perroton, foundress of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM)
1936: Death of Fr Peter Piquet SM, missionary priest of St Patrick's, Sydney.
12 International Youth Day
14 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 Assumption of Mary
16 1975: Wave Hill Station, NT, returned to the Gurindji People
18 St Alberto Hurtado SJ
Vietnam Veterans Day
19 World Humanitarian Day
2007: Beginning of protests led by Buddhist monks in Burma
21 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
26 2001: MV Tampa rescues 433 asylum seekers from a sinking vessel. Australian Government sends troops to prevent disembarkation
27 1999: Death of Dom Helder Camara
28 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Refugee and Migrant Sunday
29 International Day Against Nuclear Tests
30 International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for September 2016



National Wattle Day
National Biodiversity Month (Australia)
1815: Sisters of Charity founded by Mary Aikenhead

2 1850: Marists arrive in London
1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament
3 1842: Fr Jean-Claude Colin returns from Rome, sick with malaria
1846: Fr Colin learns of Bishop Epalle's death
1846: Fr Colin begins vistation of the Marist community at Denicé
4 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fathers Day
5 National Child Protection Week
1866: Marist General Chapter asks Fr Colin to resume work on the Marist Constitutions
1997: Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
2013: The Conventon Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force
7 National Threatened Species Day
1936: Death in Hobart Zoo of the last Tasmanian tiger in captivity
2013: Nova Peris became the first indigenous woman elected to Federal Parliament
8 International Literacy Day
1842: Fr Colin receives Fr Douarre's vows and advises him of his appointment as bishop
1850: Pope Pius X approves the Third Order of Mary
9 1845: Second general congregation of Society of Mary begins at Puylata, in Lyon
10 World Suicide Prevention Day
11 Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Child Protection Sunday
2001: Terrorist attacks on World Trade Centre, New York, and on Washington DC
12 Solemnity of Holy Name of Mary, patronal feast of Society of Mary
1977: Death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Bilko
13 2007: UN General Assembly adopts Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
1981: Pope John Paul II's encyclical Laborem Exercens ('On Human Work')
15 UN International Day of Democracy
1847: Bishop Collomb and Marists arrive at Woodlark Island
16 International Day for Prevention of the Ozone Layer
18 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1961: Death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold
20 1938: Foundation of Australian Province of Marist Fathers
21 International Day of Peace
23 1959: Australian Consumers Association launched
24 1836: First Marist professions and election of Jean-Claude Colin as first Superior General
1856: Pope Pius X opens Beatification Cause for Peter Chanel
25 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Social Justice Sunday
World Maritime Day

1866: Death of Fr Jean-Claude Courveille at Solesmes
26 International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
27 Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul
1988: Aung San Suu Kyi forms Burma's National League for Democracy
28 1983: Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison WA, prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
30 1975: Australia's Racial Discrimination Act proclaimed

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for October 2016



International Day for Older Persons
2005: Second Bali bombing: 20 people killed and more than 100 injured

2 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
International Day of Non-Violence
1869: Birth of Mahatma Ghandi
3 World Habitat Day
Rosh ha-Shanah (Jewish New Year)
4 St Francis of Assisi
World Space week begins
World Animal Welfare Day
1957: Launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union
5 World Teachers Day
9 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Post Day
10 World Mental Health Day
11 International Day of the Girl Child
1962: Opening Session of Vatican Council II
12 Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)
2002: First Bali bombing: 202 people killed and 240 injutred
13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
1836: Jean-Claude Colin writes his first circular letter as Superior-General (to parting missionaries)
15 International Day of Rural Women
16 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Mission Sunday
World Food Day
17 International Day for Eradication of Poverty
Anti-Poverty week begins
19 2001: Sinking of SIEV X
23 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 United Nations Day
World Development Information Day
Disarmament Week begins
1875: Jean-Claude Colin celebrates his last Mass (at La Neylière)
26 1985: Uluru returned to traditonal owners, the Anangu people
29 1824: Fr Etienne Declas arrives at Cerdon: 'Today the Society of Mary has begun'
30 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
31 1875: The dying Jean-Claude Colin makes his Confession and receives Viaticum

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for November 2016

1 All Saints Day
2 Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
4 Day of prayer for Anglican-Roman Catholic Reconciliation
5 2014: Sydney Peace Prize awarded to Julian Burnside AO QC
6 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
International Week for Science and Peace
8 1907: Justice Higgins hands down minimum wage judgment in Harvester case
9 Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
1989: Berlin Wall opened
10 World Science Day for Peace and Development
1995: Nine Nigerian environmentalists and human rights activists hanged
11 Remembrance (Armistice) Day, commemorating the end of World War I in 1918
1875: Fr Jean-Claude Colin receives the Last Rites, La Neylière, France
2014: European Space Agency's Rosetta mission placed its lander module, Philae, on a comet 510 million km from Earth
12 1991: Dili massacre, Timor-Leste: more than 271 people killed
13 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 World Diabetes Day
15 1875: Death of Fr Colin
16 International Day for Tolerance
1989: Six Jesuit priests and co-workers murdered in El Salvador
20 Christ the King
Universal Children's Day

World Philosophy Day
1959: UN adopts the Declaration of Rights of the Child
21 World Television Day
24 1964: Parliament passed the National Service Act
25 International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women
1981: Declaration of the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief
27 First Sunday of Advent
1875: Jean-Claude Colin's simple funeral, garden of La Neylière
1998: First Sydney Peace Prize awarded to Muhammad Yunus
29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
1980: Death of Dorothy Day, Founder of Catholic Worker Movement
30 1971: Synod of Bishops Statement Justice in the World

Social Justice and Marist Diary
for December 2016

1 World AIDS Day
2 International Day for Abolition of Slavery
3 UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
1874: Battle of the Eureka Stockade
4 Second Sunday of Advent
1846: Jean-Claude Colin arrives in Rome (his fourth visit) with Fr Dubreul
5 International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
Hanukkah ends
St Nicholas (Santa Claus)
7 UN International Civil Aviation Day
1965: Vatican II Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes
9 UN International Anti-Corruption Day
10 UN Human Rights Day
1948: Adoption of United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
1968: Death of Thomas Merton
1992: Redfern Speech by Prime Minister Paul Keating, at launch of International Year of the World's Indigenous People
11 Third Sunday of Advent
International Mountain Day
12 1831: Sisters of Mercy founded by Catherine McAuley
18 Fourth Sunday of Advent
International Migrants Day

1894: South Australia becomes the first state in Australia to give women the right to vote
19 UN International Day for South-South Cooperation
20 UN International Human Solidarity Day
21 1991: Dissolution of the USSR and the founding of Commonwealth of Independent States including Russia
1993: Native Title Bill passed by the Australian Senate
23 1901: Immigration Restriction Act (White Australia Policy) enacted
1996: Wik High Court decision
24 Christmas Eve
25 Christmas Day
28 Feast of the Holy Family
30 1987: Pope John Paul II's encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis
31 1946: Paid annual leave granted to workers in Australia