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A week to familiarise themselves with the work of the General Administration

14/07/2008: General House

Periodically the Brothers of the General Council organize a meeting with the Brother Provincials who are taking up their first mandate, to share with them the different aspects of the Institute and the processes of government. With this in mind a gathering took place in Rome, from the 21st to the 28th June 2008, attended by the Brother Provincials Sunanda Alwis (South Asia), Manuel de León (East Asia), Thomas Randrianantenaina (Madagascar), Hipólito Pérez Gómez (Central America), Antonio Peralta (Santa María de los Andes).

During their stay in Rome, the Brother Provincials have been in contact with those responsible for the various services of the General Administration to learn how these are operated. BIS demonstrated the procedures and methods of working in the field of solidarity, highlighting the initiative of being present in Geneva to promote children’s rights. Brother Pau Fornells instructed the new Brother Provincials in the panoramic work being developed by the Bureau of the Laity.

The Commission of Religious Life, on the other hand, presented them with the perspectives of initial formation, spirituality and community life and some achievements of the Year of Spirituality. Brother Juan Miguel Anaya, Procurator General before the Holy See, spoke to them about the indispensable canonical principles for a Provincial, the necessary procedures to be carried out for the admission to the temporary vows, the perpetual vows or those of stability and the canonical solutions for special situations.

Jean Ronzon, Brother Secretary General, shared with the new Brother Provincials the procedures to be followed by the secretaries of each province or district in carrying out the administrative tasks, the filing of documents, etc. The implications of the Ad gentes Project” for the Institute and the long term perspectives that this presents were also a reflection shared with the new Provincials. Then the Mission Commission shared with the new team of Brother Provincials the work being done by the Commission to energize administration and mission.

The Commission for the evangelical use of goods highlighted the philosophy of the General Administration mainly in relationship to this topic and the scope of the recently created Bureau for the evangelical use of goods. This information was supplemented by the Econome General’s contributions with regard to the finances of the Institute. Brother Ernesto Sánchez shared, in his turn, the work that his bureau carries out for the promotion of vocations. The Director of Communications informed the new Brother Provincials of the publications written on paper or in digital format that they send to all the houses of the Institute, considering the number of editions and their costs. Brother Giovanni Bigotto explained everything concerning the promotion of the causes of the saints.

Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, reflected with the new Brother Provincials on the pastoral attention that a Brother Provincial or a District Superior must offer to his Brothers. Added to the intensity of the programme, the temperature in Rome was very high, but this was not an obstacle to taking advantage of the rest of the weekend to visit the city.

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