Oceania Super Region
Oceania is one of ten Super Regions in the International Teams Movement. Within Oceania are the five Australian Regions of Queensland, ACT/NSW, VicEast, VicWest, SA/NT/WA and the isolated Sectors of New Zealand, the Philippines and Timor Leste.
The Oceania Team is composed of all Regional Couples in Australia who take on the role for 4 years. The Team meets twice a year in different Regions and has responsibility for contributing to the planning and development of the Super-Region. Oceania is an Incorporated Association and holds an AGM annually at the Oceania Team meeting. All Teams members are advised of the date of the meeting and invited to attend.
Oceania Responsible Couple
Chris and John Dighton who are based in Adelaide and commenced their five-year term in January 2017.
“We have been members of a team for many years and have valued the support and love of the other five couples in celebrating many life milestones. We have had a few different roles in the Movement over the years and we come to this new role with our commitment to the importance and value of Teams in our communities. Sharing our story in a small group of couples who make a commitment to meet every month for a meal, listen to each other and support our faith journey is a truly enriching experience”.
Oceania Spiritual Counsellor
Fr. Gary Walker who is based in Brisbane and commenced in the role in 2019.
QLD Regional Couple
Meuris & Claude Gonsalves migrated to Australia & have called Australia home since 1989. Claude is a marine engineer by profession & Meuris, a psychologist & both retired. We are deeply rooted in the Catholic Faith & have 2 children & 2 grand children, so we are not really retired !!
Besides some of our time devoted to the care of our grandchildren, we are both actively involved in the local parish, & other church related activities.
We joined Teams in 2011 & have had a very strong influence through the values & teachings of the Movement & have been motivated through the rich experience of sharing & exchange of ideas at various levels of the organisation. We attended 2 International Conferences & found them both very enriching. Our keen interest in music found ourselves in the choirs at both gatherings which was a very challenging & fruitful experience
Besides music, gardening is taken pretty seriously between us & being a handyman, Claude often surprises & seldom disappoints.
We are deeply honoured to take on the role of regional couple from this year & are well aware of the challenges of our times. However it is in & with His Grace we move ahead.
VicWest Regional Couple
Jane and Phil Bretherton
SA/NT/WA Regional Couple
Petra Ball and Terry McDevitt
VicEast Regional Couple
Cath and Bob Dixon
ACT/NSW Regional Couple
Genevieve and Tim Power
Helen and David Gill
We have been married for 32 years and have 2 children Stephanie (24) and Grace (22). We met when we were both studying Accounting in Bendigo in the early 1980’s and now work together in our own Taxation practice.
We moved to Wodonga in North East Victoria (part of the Vic West region) back in 1986 and joined Teams in 1994.
Teams has been such an important and special part of our married life. Over the journey we have been so fortunate to “share”, pray and enjoy great discussions with so many wonderful couples. We have found that we learnt so much by listening to other couples in our Team and the wider movement and how they have dealt with the various challenges that life throws up from time to time.
David and Helen Gill
Penny and Peter Cahalan
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Friends of Fr. Caffarel
Vee and Rene Pols
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Anne and Kevin Taylor
We have been married for 37 years, have 5 amazing children and have been blessed with 5 beautiful grandchildren, the youngest being Rosie who was born on March 7 2020 and is featured in our photo. We have lived in Traralgon for the past 7 years, before that we lived in Rosedale for 32 years.
We have been members of Teams since 1988 and see it as a real gift in our lives. Our own Team (Traralgon/Rosedale) has become like a family to us as we have shared the highs and lows of our lives together. We have met the most wonderful people through our involvement in Teams and continue to be inspired by their friendship, example and commitment to their faith, marriage and family. Taking time out each month to focus on our faith journey and our marriage, has deepened our commitment to each other and to our God and is something we try not to take for granted.
Oceania Outreach Liaison Couples
Sue and Adrian Fordham
We have been in Teams in Canberra since 1984 and, on behalf of the Oceania Regional Team, the Liaison Couple for the Philippines since 2003.
Liaison for us is an important part of Team life and a great way of contributing to the Team life of other members. Since 2003 we have been fortunate for the opportunity on two occasions to visit the Teams in Cebu, where Teams in the Philippines is concentrated. During both these fortnight-long formation visits, the mutual benefits associated with liaison were always at the forefront. We were able to inform Cebuano Team members about the range of activities that characterised Team life in Australia – such as our annual Charter Mass, Formation activities, Sector retreats, the role of ‘home-grown’ liturgy in Team meetings and approaches to annual planning.
We ourselves have gained so much from our liaison responsibilities. Over this time, as our friendships have deepened with members of the Cebu Sector so too has our understanding of family, social and work life in the Philippines and the Filipino culture. In many ways we ourselves have benefited more from our opportunity to liaise with the Cebu Sector and remain indebted to all Cebu Team members.
We would thoroughly encourage other couples to accept liaison responsibilities with Teams in both isolated regions and elsewhere in Australia. It is an exciting and valuable experience, and an essential part of Team life.
Penny and Peter Cahalan
Sue and Bren Milsom