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Province and District Secretaries meeting Asia-Pacific in Sydney from with the Secretary General

26/03/2008: Australia

The Province and District Secretaries from the Asia-Pacific Region gathered in Sydney from March 10th – 13th to meet with the Secretary General (Br Jean Ronzon) and to be briefed on The Manual for Province Secretaries and the revised Vademecum. Gathered were Jean Ronzon fms; Gelyn Ninofranco (East Asia); Bryan Davis fms (Melanesia); Justin Guthrie fms (Melbourne); Patrick Bignell fms (New Zealand); Kande Sudarshana (South Asia); and Anthony Robinson fms (Sydney).

For the first time the Institute has spelt out the role of the Province Secretary and put in place the Manual that outlines our role. We delighted in being able to network with each other, to share our experiences and to meet with the Secretary General regarding the details of the Manual.
There was great harmony in the group and we emerged from the meetings energised and ready to move forward. We have established a network that will help each of us into the future. There is no doubt that these meetings will result in a greater consistency with the documentation and procedures across the Asia-Pacific Region.

We took advantage of the occasion to write a letter to our Provincials. In that letter part of it read as follows:

At present the way in which Province Secretaries work varies significantly from place to place and in some aspects that will always be the case. Still, we are grateful that a vision for the role has been put in place.
We noted the apostolic dimension of the role and this lifts the position out of being ‘just a job’. There is also the emphasis on the Province Secretary being there to support the Provincial and his Council in their mission. This we are pleased to be able to do as it then frees you and the members of the Council for your other pastoral and missionary tasks.
Thanks for all you do and be assured of our support as you continue to lead the unfolding of the Marist mission in your Administrative Unit.


Thanks too, to the General Council for taking this initiative.

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