The following are abbreviated summaries of the local reports in the December 2014 issue of the Friends’ publication, AMICI (the Latin word for “friends”).MELBOURNE: SOUTH YARRAAs Friends of St. Augustine we celebrated his feast day (28th August) with fellow parishoners at St. Joseph's church and parish centre in South Yarra. As in previous years we joined with Friends from Kyabram in a Saturday Seminar. This was held on 29th November and we deeply appreciate the effort they made to travel to share this important Reflection Day.NORTHERN VICTORIA: KYABRAMRuth's cake for Augustine's sixteen-hundredeth birthday was a triumph! We were all engrossed in reading the quotes that decorated the perimeter of the cake! In our reflection on Interiority during the year, we examined Augustinian Fr Donald Burt's article 'Discovery of Self: The First Step in the Discovery of God.' One of the highlights of our year was the development of our prayer and awareness partnership with our Parish and School Timor Leste Committee. Members of that group, Helen and Mick Heard, came to our birthday party and related what they had accomplished during their 2014 Immersion Tour in Timor Leste. They installed the bell that was mentioned in the September edition of AMICI; it “symbolises the friendship between the community of St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, Fahiria, East Timor, and the Parishes of Saint Augustine's Kyabram and Tatura, Australia.” We will develop this partnership further in 2015.SYDNEY: NORTH HARBOURWe rounded out the year with a gathering titled "Passing on Our Faith" and extended an invitation to all in the Parish to attend. How we hand down our faith to our children and grandchildren is something we can all find challenging and often wonder how we can do better. Two ladies of our group generously and honestly shared their stories of growing up and then raising their children in a Catholic household. Fr Paul Maloney then helped us focus our minds by reminding us of our Baptismal promises, a beautiful way to end.A report from the Friends’ group in St Clair (Western Sydney) was not available at the time AMICI was publishedBRISBANE: COORPAROOThe gatherings of Friends at Coorparoo during 2014 have been well attended and offered worthwhile experiences of Augustine's spirituality especially as he wrote and preached about Interiority. The Friends’ National Formation Co-ordinator attended our May gathering. Many found the reflections on the beauty of God's creation from our own experiences were an effective way to move from the exterior to the interior and the awareness of each of us being made in the image and likeness of God. What a wonderful reinforcement of our inner values and an appreciation of God's presence within us in silent prayer. At the August gathering we incorporated a period of quietness as a practical way of putting words into experience, Chapter 24 of Benignus O'Rourke's book Finding Your Hidden Treasure was used as stimulus for the meditation. Friends have commented that they are looking forward to more prayerful experiences when we gather next year.FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND: MAREEBAAs mentioned in our last report the two evenings we held discussing Interiority were successful and well received. Our Chaplain Fr Paul Maloney, was in Mareeba for five weeks so we managed to have a spiritual evening where 16 Friends and parishioners, enjoyed listening to Fr Paul on St Augustine and prayer. The evening coincided with the Red Moon so we had a couple of breaks to see this phenomenon. Cleaning and painting the Augustinian and Sisters of Mercy gravesites at Cooktown cemetery, taking visiting priests to various locations, welcoming three new members to the group and one in the offing have all kept us busy.