Teams were introduced to Australia in 1960 by Stephanie and Max Charlesworth who had been introduced to Teams while in Belgium in the 1950s and had taken part in “Teams by Correspondence” in New Zealand in later years. The Charlesworth’s Story.
In 1969 the Leading Team in Paris decided, that because the Movement had grown steadily in Australia with Teams being established in Brisbane while Adelaide and the ACT were just beginning, that the Movement is Australia would be an independent Sector.
The Teams Movement continued to steadily grow and in the mid-90’s adopted the name ‘Teams – A Married Couples Movement’. The Australasian Super-Region was formed incorporating the Teams of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Hong Kong. The Philippines established a Team in 1999 and is part of the Australasian Super-Region.
There are 5 Regions in Australia, Qld/NSW, ACT/NSW, Victoria East, Victoria West and South Australia. There are Isolated Teams in Tasmania, Darwin, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia. Hong Kong and the Philippines – these Isolated Teams are Liaised by Teams from the Australian Regions.
For many couples, Teams have now provided 20 to 30 years experience and development in married spirituality and personal development. Invigorated by the Teams experience they have shown themselves a tremendous resource to the Parishes and the Church in general.
Beginnings: the most important dates in the history of the Teams of Our Lady
It began in St Augustine’s Church Paris, in 1939. Four young married couples aspired to live their new love in the light of their Christian faith. They asked Father Caffarel to guide their search. “Let us join together on a voyage of discovery”, he replied. The name Equipes Notre Dame was adopted in France, to place the Team under the patronage of Our Lady.
The very first meeting took place in Paris on the 25th of February 1939. It was to be followed by more meetings, just as exciting. Gradually, the privileged place of marriage in God’s plan unfolded before the eyes of these young couples: a living image of the love that unites Christ to his Church. At the same time, they experienced community life in which is fulfilled Christ’s promise to be present (Mt 18 :20). And so, their lives progressed in three directions: union with God, union between husband and wife and between couples, openness to others.
Other teams were formed during the second world war. The depth and breadth of their reflection increased.
At the end of this phase, the revue “l’Anneau d’Or” (The Gold Ring) first appeared : it was to make known to numerous couples throughout the world the experience of the little groups and the spirituality which they were developing.
In English speaking countries the movement became known as “Teams of Our Lady”.
Come the end of the war, the groups of couples multiplied. The need for unity and structures, laid down in a “Rule” began to be felt. It led to the drawing up of the “Charter of the Teams of Our Lady”.
Despite its dated wording, this document is still valuable today in that it presents the essential objectives of team members: the wish to live their Christian marriage and deepen their faith with the help of a team.
To this end, the Charter proposed a number of proven means: conjugal and family prayer; regular dialogue in the sight of God as a couple; monthly team meeting to pray and share together; a personal rule of life; a spiritual retreat.
The Teams of Our Lady, now based on the Charter, grew rapidly in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Then they crossed the language barriers and the oceans.
They started in:
- Brazil and Luxembourg in 1950;
- Mauritius and Senegal in 1953;
- Spain and Canada in 1955
- England in 1956
- Portugal in 1957
- Germany and the United States of America in 1958
- Austria and Italy in 1959
- Australia and Columbia in 1961;
- Madagascar and Vietnam in 1962;
- Lebanon and Ireland in 1963;
- Japan, French-speaking Africa in 1968
- India in 1969
The expansion of the Teams of Our Lady beyond France faced the Movement with two options either to become a federation of national movements or to be a single international movement. After reflection, the second option was adopted.
But life does not stop. The Second Vatican Council and the profound transformations of the world and of the Church were a challenge for the Teams of Our Lady. The opportunity for a review and a new start came with a Gathering in Rome in 1970. There, two thousand couples, from twenty three countries, lived five days of fraternal love and had an exceptional spiritual experience. On that occasion, Pope Paul VI solemnly confirmed, in a beautiful address, the fundamental intuition which had been at the start of the first teams : namely that human love is a path to holiness: the couple, privileged image of its Creator, bound by the sacrament of marriage, is the “gentle smiling face of the Church”; from this stems its own vocation and specific witness to the world.
In June 1973, a new phase began for the Teams of Our Lady: Their founder, Father Caffarel decided to retire and to make room for a younger team to allow the launching of “a great effort of prayer; of reflection and of transformation to be pursued with a fierce determination to discover the will of God for the Movement and its mission, in faithfulness to the original intuition and with an understanding of the needs of the times”.
In February 1975, the Teams of Our Lady were recognised by Rome as an “International Catholic Association” (Letter of Cardinal Roy, president of the Council of the Laity).
The first task of the new Leading Team was to provide an up-to-date interpretation of the Charter in a brief and compact document entitled: “What is a Team of Our Lady?” which now constitutes a reference document for the teams of the whole world.
A new gathering in Rome, in September 1976, confirmed the spiritual and apostolic direction of the Movement. In his address, Pope Paul VI said to the Teams: “Remain what you chose to be since the beginning…, authentic schools of spirituality for couples…”. And he added in conclusion: “May this pilgrimage… help you to implant in all countries the essential values of marriage and to give rise to families that live by them.”
It was following this gathering that the Teams of our Lady for Young People came into being.
From 1982 onwards
The Leading Team reflected at length on the evolution of the structures of the Movement in order to respond to its growing intemationalisation. This led it to reaffirm its characteristic as a single international Movement, and to create, at the end of 1985, an International Leading Team that works in close collaboration and in a spirit of collegiality with the Leading Couples of the various countries (Structure of the Movement p.11-12).
Lourdes (France) 1988 7th International Gathering
Forty years after the introduction of the Charter, the Movement found itself at a decisive turning point in its history. Trying “to discern in greater depth what God expects of the Teams of Our Lady in the years to come’ and, in order ‘to avoid a loss of breath, the force of habit and even getting into a rut”, they invited the Movement “to take a ‘Second Breath’, as all athletes recognise to be indispensable for any sustained effort.
Such a renewal cannot come about without an effort to face the truth, to remain loyal to the original spirit, to be attentive to the needs of the people of God as we approach the second millennium of Christianity and to exercise creativity in responding ever better to these needs”.
“This document is a starting point, a stage on the way, a text of reference and a call to creativity made to the teams of all countries”.
1992 : Decree of Recognition
Following the official approach made by the Movement on the 18th of April 1984, Cardinal Pironio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, signed, on the feast of Easter 1992, the decree recognising the Teams of Our Lady as a “Private Association of the Faithful” and the approval of its Statutes, in accordance with the new Code of Canon Law.
This is in fact the third official approval of the Teams of Our Lady by the Church, the first being that by Cardinal Feltin, Archbishop of Paris, (letter of the 25th of March 1960), the second that of Cardinal Roy, President of the Council of the laity, at Rome (letter of the 18th of February 1975), the Teams of Our Lady being then recognised as an “International Catholic Association”.
Fatima (Portugal) 1994: 8th International Gathering
Approximately 5100 members of the Teams of Our Lady, couples and priests spiritual counsellors, from forty different countries of the five continents all met at Fatima. It was the eighth international gathering following those which have taken place every 6 years after the very first held in Lourdes in 1954.
Since the Church has adopted the U.N. proposal that 1994 should be the “Year of the family”, the Teams of Our Lady – a Church movement – wished to associate themselves with this objective by centring their reflection on the theme: “Being a family today in the Church and in the world”. They did so in accordance with their own charisma as a movement of married spirituality, based on the couple that is the “heart” of the family.
Biographical Notes of Fr. Henri Caffarel, our Founder
- 1903 (30 July): Born at Lyons
- 1912-21: Educated by the Marist Fathers
- 1921-24: Studied Law and worked with his father. During that time he collaborated with Fr. Roulet to re-launch the ACJF ( French Youth Catholic Action). The idea of the priesthood became gradually more firm in his mind.
- 1927-30: Studied theology in Paris
- 1931-36: Joined the General Secretariat of the Y.C.W./Catholic Action
- 1939 (25 Feb): First meeting of a group of couples ( Our Lady of All Joys) at the home of Pierre and Rozenn de Montjamont. There were four couples with Fr. Caffarel. Called up into the army.
- 1940: War service. Reported missing for a time, he returned in July. Appointed curate at the parish of St. Augustine. He continued to look after the groups of couples.
- 1945: Cardinal Suhard releases him from his ministry at St. Augustine’s in order that he may devote himself fully to the groups of couples. Founded L’Anneau d’Or The November 45 issue contained the famous editorial “A little known duty” (the Sit-down). Launched a photocopied bulletin Our Lady’s groups of Couples
- 1947: Drafted the Charter for the groups of couples. These groups took the name Equipes Notre Dame. Launching of the Monthly Letter of the Teams of Our Lady.
- 1954: First meeting of the Teams in Lourdes. Fr. Caffarel consecrated the Movement to Our Lady.
- 1959: A thousand couples in Rome. Fr. Caffarel traces the history of the Movement and looks to the future: what is to be done about ageing teams? Launching of the groups “Night Watchmen” (taking turns to have quiet prayer at night).
- 1970: Fourth gathering of the teams in Rome. Conference by Fr. Caffarel on the “Teams of Our Lady in the face of atheism” in which he added Reading the Word of God, Quiet Prayer and Ascesis (ways to self-mastery) to the “obligations” of the Teams. Launches A Correspondence Course on Quiet Prayer
- 1973: On return from a visit to the USA Fr. Caffarel launched prayer groups on the lines of the Charismatic Renewal and founded a bulletin for these groups The Upper Room.
During a meeting of sector couples, Fr. Caffarel said goodbye to the Teams, urging them to look to the future “in faithfulness to the graces of origin and in the understanding of the needs of the time”. From then on he devoted himself to the House of Prayer at Troussures where he led many “Weeks of Prayer” and to all that relates to the “Editions du Feu Nouveau”, the Bulletin on Quiet Prayer the Cor-respondence Courses on Quiet Prayer.
1996 Died on Wednesday 18th September.
Teams-A Married Couples Movement
Teams – For Married Spirituality
Teams people may have noticed a tendency to refer to the movement in these terms (or, often, simply as “Teams”) rather than as “Teams of Our Lady”. Some may even have wondered whether this was by accident or design. Of those who have noticed the tendency at all, some may have felt a twinge of nostalgia and some a sense of relief, while some may have suffered a sense of hurt, a feeling that Our Lady was somehow being given the cold shoulder.
But at any rate it is time to explain: the change has not been accidental. It has become clear that the old title presented a number of problems. The most obvious of these was that it was leading to a widespread misunderstanding that Teams was essentially a body devoted to Marian devotion. Frequently the movement was being invited to Marian congresses, while it was not always clear that our essential mission was to married couples-and, of course, to survivors, to those whose spouses have died, but who, naturally, remain very much a part of Teams. Often, too, younger people “turned off” when “The Teams of Our Lady” were mentioned, without waiting to hear what we were about.
In any case, the English title itself arose from a misunderstanding, since “Notre-Dame” in the French title does not refer to the Mother of God, but to the church in Paris with which the first Team was associated.
Various titles have been used in various countries and languages, and have been leading to some confusion. It has now been decided by the Leading Team that all national groups should use a two-line title, the first line being the French “Equipes Notre-Dame”, and the second being decided at the local level. (The second line will not necessarily be the same in all English-speaking countries.)
Any change brings regrets to some, perhaps to many. To those who suffer, it may help to remember that the Magnificat remains the central Teams prayer.
History of the Teams Movement outreach to the Philippines
Equipe Notre Dame, better known in Australia as the Teams Movement, was established in the Philippines 13 years ago. On 6th October, 2008 in Canberra following the Oceania Gathering, the current Sector couple Muyen and Edlin de los Reyes and Leleth Sorono, who together with her husband Troy were the first Sector couple, met with Vee and Rene Pols Oceania super-regional couple; Fr Andrew Fewings Oceania Spiritual Counsellor, Jan and Peter Ralton ERI Zone Liaison couple, Sue and Adrian Fordham Oceania Liaison couple to the Philippines, Faye and Kevin Noonan ACT/NSW Regional Couple. This meeting provided a unique opportunity to record the history of the Teams movement in the Philippines.
This meeting also considered how the resources of the Oceania Super-Region can be best utilised to:
- Nurture and support the members of the Teams in Cebu to reach out to form new Teams for the Sector.
- Consider a plan of action for outreach of the Teams Movement to other areas within the Philippines.
The Oceania Regional Team are considering the recommendations made at this meeting and together with the Philippines Sector couple, the Oceania liaison couple to the sector and the ERI liaison couple, a plan of action is being developed to support the Sector in Cebu and promote further outreach in the Philippines.
The Early Years of Teams in the Philippines
The Piarist order of priests (Escolapios) established a Community in Cebu City, in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the island of Cebu where they built and staffed an education centre which is attended by many children from poorer families in the area.
A Spanish Piarist priest, Fr Jose Burgues, arrived in the community. He was the Superior of the Order in Japan and the Philippines, and the Master of Novices. He joined Teams in 1988 as spiritual counsellor of an existing Team in France for six years and had started two other Teams, one in France and the other in Spain (which he accompanied for four years). It was his vision to introduce the Teams Movement into the parish as a strategy to educate and support parents to improve their marriage relationship and their relationships with their children.
The ERI (Leading Team) were aware of this outreach and Fr Jose had been in touch with Elaine and John Cogavin, the Zone Liaison couple for Asia and Oceania. Elaine and John asked Marguerita and Pat Goggin, the couple responsible for the (then) Australasian Super Region, to provide support.
In December, Marguerita and Pat wrote to Fr Jose and sent relevant booklets published by the Australasian Super Region – for the new Team couples, piloting guide, Responsible Couple Guide and Welcoming New Couples. They also suggested an Australian couple act as Liaison Couple during piloting and beyond.
Fr Jose agreed and Margaret and Denis Toohey from the South Australian Region accepted the liaison role. Fr Jose had gathered five young couples and, after an introductory meeting on 9 February, the first meeting of Cebu Team 1 was held on the 24 February in the home of Leleth and Troy Sorono. The couples and Fr Jose were close neighbours (all from the same street) and the meeting was conducted in English, the common – but not first – language for all. A sixth couple, Babie and Jimmy Suico, joined in at the second meeting.Fr Jose emailed Margaret and Denis Toohey immediately following each meeting with a report and his personal reflections. They, in turn, replied with supportive comments and sent (or arranged) newsletters and other material (including post-piloting study topics). During the piloting, Fr Jose expressed how much easier this piloting had been than previously. Whereas European couples had tended to question and seek to improve proposed methods, these Filipino couples had been more receptive – as well as more religious and more social. Personal prayer at meetings, tentative at first, had vastly improved. Fr Jose had helped the couples turn their everyday worries regarding health and job security into prayers of petition.
At the sixth piloted meeting on 27 July 2000, all six couples agreed to continue and elected Leleth and Troy Sorono as the first Responsible Couple. The Team decided that starting more Teams would be deferred until the couples became more ‘fluent’ in Teams life and better able to pilot. As Responsible Couple, Leleth and Troy assumed the role of liaising directly with Australia.
The Teams members extended an open invitation to other couples in their neighbourhood to join them at a Christmas party and information session about the Movement. Eight couples attended the party on 30 December. Meanwhile, there was also a growing awareness of quite a lot of couples in which the husband was a seaman, away for much of the year. While thanking Margaret and Denis Toohey for their support during the past year, Fr Jose also asked their views on a ‘Seafarers’ Team’ as well as asking for further piloting supplies. They emailed material they had been using to pilot three Teams – a reformat of the earlier booklets in electronic form (easily adaptable), other materials they had developed and their plan for growth.
Formation of New Teams
The first piloted meeting of Cebu Team 2 was held on 23 February in the home of Elma and Frederick Tan – the pilot couple who were members of Cebu Team 1. At the first meeting there were two couples and three wives plus Fr Jose and the pilot couple present. The language used was Visayan, with some parts in English. This Team became known as the ‘Seafarers’ Team’ because the husbands are away at sea for months at a time so the wives often attend the meetings without their husbands. Fr. Jose was the spiritual counsellor to Team 2 as well as Team 1.
Leleth and Troy Sorono attended the “Millgrove” formation program held on 8-11 June 2001 in Melbourne. They then travelled to Adelaide to stay with Margaret and Denis Toohey with whom they discussed and exchanged happenings and ideas first hand.
Cebu Team 3 had its first meeting on 4 August with six couples and the piloting couple, Babie and Jimmy Suico, present. Fr Miroslaw Wojda (or Fr. Mirek), a Polish Piarist priest, was the spiritual counsellor.
A special Mass on the 8th September was held to install the newly elected Responsible Couples for Cebu 1 and 2 and to formally accept the members of Cebu 2 to Teams. Members of the fledgling Cebu Team 3 were also invited.
Team Life in the Cebu Sector and Plans for Future Growth
Three teams were meeting regularly and an annual rhythm of activities was developing. This included a day of recollection during Advent and Lent, a family fun day in May, Mass to celebrate the Charter and change over of Responsible Couples in September and the Christmas party in December. Also, each team began taking in turn sponsoring a Sunday Mass each month at the Calasanz Cultural Centre of the Piarist Fathers. Study topics were researched by each individual Team.
In July, on their way to the International College meeting in Melbourne, Elaine and John Cogavin visited Cebu to offer pastoral support. They wanted to meet with Cardinal Vidal to personally present the Charter and Canonical Statutes of the Movement and to explore the possibility of a broader outreach within the Philippines. Unfortunately the Archbishop was not available at the time and instead they visited the Columbans Formation Centre.
In January, Leleth and Troy Sorono were sponsored by the ERI to attend the first international meeting of Regional Couples which was held in Rome.
After the meeting in Rome, Leleth and Troy proceeded to Paris for a meeting with couples organised by the Team for which Fr. Jose had previously been the Spiritual Counsellor. At the meeting the French Team expressed support for the growth and development of Teams in Cebu by way of financial assistance and in whatever capacity appropriate.
Leleth and Troy Sorono, Muyen and Edlin De Los Reyes, other members from Teams 2 & 3 and Fr. Mirek had an audience with Cardinal Vidal at the Archbishop residence in Cebu City to discuss the future growth of Teams in Cebu. His response was positive at the time but as yet there has been no direct involvement of the Archdiocese in Teams.
Fr Jose had made contact with his French Team for the possibility of providing support for a Mission Project for the growth and expansion of Teams in Cebu and hopefully throughout the country. The French Team provided some financial support to assist with this project and for future formation and promotion of the Teams Movement. After discussions with Fr. Jose, Leleth accepted responsibility on a voluntary basis to undertake this project on the expansion of Cebu Teams, commencing in January 2004 as Leleth and Troy were expecting another baby towards the end of 2003.
In January, Leleth Sorono commenced her role as full-time Mission Project Coordinator. As is the Diocesan expectation in the Philippines, Leleth attended a series of “Pre Jordan seminars” for training in Missionary work prior to visiting parishes to promote Teams. Through attendance at these and other courses Lay Movements can gain some recognition and credibility with official Church structures. Parish and Diocesan structures depend on these Mission workers. Older established Movements such as “Bukas Loob sa Dios”, (‘Openness to the Lord”), and “Couples for Christ” are well known and already well accepted by the Church in the Philippines.
As a full-time Mission worker Leleth visited many parishes but this was difficult work and she was not always received positively. However, she did complete the required number of “initiation talks”. Leleth had also explored the possibility of introducing and establishing Teams in a Military Airbase in Lapulapu City, another city of Cebu. She gained the support of the Chaplain at the Military Airbase who was convinced and enthusiastic about having Teams inside the Airbase. A series of information campaigns and several meetings with the chaplains and some prospective couples were held. Unfortunately, the chaplain had to be away so the project was put on hold temporarily until his return. However, due to Leleth’s and Troy’s unexpected early visa grant for migration to Australia and since no one at the time was able to assume the role that Leleth had left off, the opportunity of establishing Teams at the Airbase could not proceed.
Leleth and Troy migrated to Australia and handed over the role of Sector Couple to Muyen and Edlin De Los Reyes. They also had a new baby. Some further attempts were made to establish a Team in the airbase in Lapulapu City but these were unsuccessful.
Following a re-structure of the Oceania Super-Region, the Philippines became part of the ACT/NSW Region. Sue and Adrian Fordham, the Regional Couple, took on the role of liaison couple.
Cebu Team 4 was established following Mission work done by Muyen and Edlin De Los Reyes. Their young son attended the Piarist childcare centre and they knocked on the doors of other families whose children attended the same centre. Muyen and Edlin piloted Cebu Team 4 and used Elaine and John Cogavin’s remote piloting materials. Initially Fr Jose was the spiritual counsellor for Cebu Team 4 until Bro. Dodong, a young Filipino Piarist seminarian, arrived from USA.
A Challenging Time for Teams in Cebu
A house fire destroyed the home of 1 couple in Team 4. When Teams in Ireland and Australia heard about this, money was raised to assist rebuilding the home. The house was rebuilt using both the Teams contributions and a contribution from the couple. This house, although only built to a basic level, is now larger than the homes of other members in Team 4 so is often used as the gathering place for Team 4 meetings. Excess Teams contributions have been retained and used for a variety of Teams events. These have included formation activities and attempts to encourage new members by inviting new families from the neighbourhood to join them at the annual Christmas party.
In addition, the Victorian Regional Teams Conference raised funds which were used to purchase books for the library that was being established for the local children in Centre 2 of the Piarist Community.
Following his own internet research into Lay Movements for married couples, Fr Bitoy, a Claretian priest, made contact with Elaine and John Cogavin. His interest in Teams came about when a few lay couples in the parish wanted to enrich their marriage life. In September, Elaine and John met with the Bishops of Zamboanga and Manila. With Fr Bitoy’s support a Team was formed in Zamboanga and Muyen and Edlin De Los Reyes attempted to pilot the Team from Cebu using Elaine and John Cogavin’s remote piloting materials.
During this time, Elaine and John, Fr Jose and Muyen and Edlin, requested a meeting with the local Bishop in Cebu City but they met with his Secretary. Her response was positive but required them undergoing a process to be officially recognised as active members of the Diocese before Teams could join the Diocesan ministries. The process of gaining recognition would have entailed Teams members rendering time in parishes and participating in seminars and community services which at this time would have been a great challenge for the members.
In January, a pastoral visit to Cebu was made by the liaison couple Sue and Adrian Fordham. Following consultation with the teams’ members they provided a Formation program modelled on the ERI Sector Pastoral Plan. This Formation, along with other meetings, was run over four days and was similar to the Millgrove and ACT/NSW Regional formation experiences. This visit was much appreciated and was an important stimulant to the four Teams in Cebu. During this visit, the first Filipino Piarist priest, Fr Aljun, was ordained in Cebu.
Fr Jose, who was responsible for the formation of seminarians, enviseaged that following ordination Fr Aljun would establish Teams in Luzon. Fr. Aljun was assigned to a parish in Daet, Camarines Norte, which is a province in Luzon in the northern part of the Philippines. Muyen and Edlin had some contact with Fr Aljun but it was not possible for him to establish Teams in his parish due to other pressures. Some outreach in Luzon may still be possible in the future.
In June, Fr Jose and Edlin visited the Team in Zamboanga to offer support because Fr Bitoy had been re-assigned to another country and was replaced by a priest who had no prior knowledge of the Teams Movement. Of particular concern to the new parish priest was that Team members met in the homes, a practice of which he did not approve.
Team 5 was piloted by Abe and Lyn Ramos of Team 3. The spiritual counsellor was Bro. Dennis who was not yet ordained at that time. At the end of 2006, Fr Jose was re-assigned to Florida USA and he commissioned Fr Dodong to continue as Spiritual Counsellor for the Cebu Sector Team and as the spiritual counsellor for Team 4. The new Superior of the Piarists, Fr Miguel, attended the annual Charter Mass but has limited experience with the Teams Movement.
When Fr. Jose was reassigned to Florida USA, Teams 1 and 2 no longer had a spiritual counsellor. Fr. Dodong was asked to assist as spiritual counsellor for both Team 1 and Team 2, although he was already spiritual counsellor for Team 4. The Piarist Fathers offered one of their conference rooms in the Calasanz Cultural Centre for Sector Team meetings and formation activities. However, the Sector Team seeks out other venues for the Cebu Teams recollection days.
In September, Fr Dodong, who was ordained on 3rd June 2006, attended the International Gathering of Teams in Lourdes and a Formation program, also held in Lourdes, which immediately followed the gathering. Muyen and Edlin also planned to attend the Lourdes gathering and Formation program afterwards but they were not granted a visa.
In May, Team 5 was disbanded because the members already belonged to other lay organisations and therefore it became too difficult to find time for regular meetings. Elaine and John visited the Teams in Cebu and set up a meeting with the Bishop of Manila and a Columban priest, who had been a spiritual counsellor of a Team in Ireland. The Bishop did not attend this meeting and the Columban priest has now been reassigned to another country.
Muyen and Edlin became aware that due to lack of interest, the Zamboangan Team were not meeting regularly and it was mutually agreed to cease the remote piloting program.
Muyen and Edlin initiated another recruiting drive amongst the families who attended the day centre run by the Piarist order. This has resulted in new couples being added to Teams 3 & 4.
Due to his busy schedule as director of the Calasanz Cultural Centre, Fr. Dodong attended meetings of Team 1 and 2 when possible. However he maintained his spiritual counsellor responsibilities for Team 4. Fr. Mirek continued in his role as the spiritual counsellor for Team 3.
Muyen and Edlin and the Sector Team, which is composed of members of Team 1 and the current Responsible Couples of the other teams, previously met once a month, but since 2006 meet approximately 4 times per year, shortly before each Sector activity.
In August, an Indian Piarist priest Fr Raju came to the Centre. The Team members are getting to know Fr Raju and he has attended an occasional meeting. With new Piarist priests in the formation house, Fr. Dodong invited Fr. Raju to be the spiritual counsellor for Team 1 and since Team 5 disbanded, Fr. Dennis became spiritual counsellor for Team 2.
In October, Muyen and Edlin attended the Oceania gathering in Canberra.