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Meeting of leaders of the Marist Provinces of Brasil

14/04/2005: Brazil

The leaders of the three Brazilian Provinces and of the District of Amazônia met at Porto Alegre from the 13th to the 18th March with the view of creating an interprovincial organisation. The rules of this organisation had been fixed in October 2004 and needed to be studied. The interprovincial and Provincial Secretariats’ organigramme was updated through the insistence of the sharing of responsibilities: a Brother co-ordinator of Consecrated Life, a Lay co-ordinator of Mission and a Lay co-ordinator of Management.
Regarding the physical structure, the interprovincial Office will be situated in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, in a place yet to be determined. At this meeting, the participants decided on the commissions to be developed and the first actions to be taken in order to confront the Marist challenges in this country.

As well as focussing on the areas of management, mission and consecrated life, various topics were discussed including an official Marist symbol and the visit of the Superior General, Brother Seán Sammon, to the Provinces and District of Brazil in 2006. We also attempted to evaluate the steps taken since the restructuring of the Provinces. The actions and forms of management will be discussed and compared at a future meeting during which the participation of all those responsible for the administration of the Brazilian Provinces will be very important.
The spirit and the results of the meeting were summarised by the words of the Provincial of the Province of Rio Grande do Sul, Brother Roque Salet: “I see the path taken up to the present with joy and hope. The continuation of the process is moving from a union on paper to a union in spirit, union of hearts and union of ideas. Of what use are the physical, economic and financial structures if there is no commitment in spirit and soul? The central question is life. We need to continue in unity, by respecting the differences, by being Champagnat today and in uniting our strength, our projects and our ideas.”

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