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Rule of Life of the Marist Brothers

Download the provisional electronic edition: English | Español

In September 2019, after studying the final draft prepared by the commission and making some changes, the General Council approved the text in English and Spanish. This is what we are presenting to the Institute today, 7 October 2019.

For the moment, we are distributing a digital version. Over the coming months, we will have the French and Portuguese translations and so we will be able to present officially the final version in the four languages on January 2, 2020. The text will include some more notes and quotations that are not yet included.


Towards the conclusion of a process

We are close to the conclusion of the process begun in 2013. The commission in charge of revising the Constitutions submitted to the XXII General Chapter the proposal to have two texts that would officially represent the Marist charism for the specific vocation of the Brother. On October 5, 2017, in Rionegro, the Chapter approved the proposal, offering the Institute two texts, the Constitutions (with their statutes) and the Rule of Life.

The Rule of Life was approved unanimously on the last day of the Chapter, as a chapter document, leaving the General Council the task of preparing the final draft. For this work, the suggestions of the capitulants and the work of an editorial commission have been taken into account, giving form and unity to a document already approved in structure and content. The Constitutions represent an established document, of a canonical character, which defines the religious life of the Brothers within the Church and approved by the Holy See. On the other hand, the Rule of Life is a capitular document, more flexible, capable of adapting to the times, with a less formal language, although it also forms part of the proper law of the Institute. It is made up of three chapters: the first addresses the vocation of the brother, the second of fraternity and the third of mission.

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