Lebanon: Fratelli Project in Rmeileh
Saint Anna Rosa Gattorno
1818: Gabriel Rivat (Brother François) entered the Novitiate in La Valla
1949: the first Marist brothers arrived in Hong Kong
At the beginning of 2006, every Brother in the Institute received a personalized letter from Bro. Sean Sammon, SG, asking the Brother to pray and consider offering himself to a new mission in Asia. Bro. Sean is hoping that between 150 – 200 Brothers will volunteer themselves.
From Bro. Sean’s letter, we read: At the heart of the new mission ad gentes project is this dream: to mission over the next four years 150 or more brothers to new apostolic works throughout the countries of Asia and also to send a smaller number to those restructured provinces that have not yet achieved the necessary levels of vitality and viability that are needed if a future is to be theirs.
This proposal is also in keeping with the current calls of the Church and the signs of our times. For example, the late Pope John Paul II writing in his post-Synod document Vita Consecrata was optimistic about religious life and its future. He offered this challenging insight: You do not have only a glorious story to remember and recount, but a great story to build! Look to the future…” By undertaking this new initiative, we are doing just that. (See full text of the letter on this site).
As of this writing, over 130 Brothers have volunteered for the Mission Ad Gentes initiative, which speaks of the generosity of our Brothers and their openness to a request from the Superior General.
We hope and pray that this Project will join with many other efforts and initiatives in the Institute to bring about a revitalization of its life and mission. The generous answer of many Brothers and the support and prayer of those who cannot physically volunteer in the Project are very positive and hopeful signs for the future.