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Closure of the Meeting of the Extended General Council around the reliquary of Champagnat

23/03/2011: France

The meeting of the General Council with the Provincial Councils of the five Provinces of Europe was closed by the Superior General at a Mass which ended around the urn containing the remains of Saint Marcellin Champagnat. Each of the European Provincials received from Br Superior General the edition of the Constitutions requested by the XXI General Chapter and containing the changes approved by the last three General Chapters.

The day’s agenda included a session of information, the responsibility of the General Council, followed by an open forum. This period was opened by Br. Emili, who began by explaining the organisation of the General Administration and the activities carried out since the end of the Chapter. The rhythms of the activity of the General Council after a change of team of government are conditioned by situations that must be resolved little by little. At present, the objectives have been defined, some already realized, those responsible for achieving them named, and the calendar settled. This vast plan of animation and government will be made known soon. The Councillors together with Br. Emili then replied to the written questions of some of the participants. The first referred to the situation of the Mission Sector ad gentes in Asia. Br. Joe Mc Kee gave a summary but comprehensive report on the Marist presence in Asia. At present, there are 45 Brothers and 5 laity on the continent. With the completion of the first phase of the project – contact and establishment – the effort now is on consolidation of the works in each country. Br. Joe affirmed that, despite the difficulties encountered, the project is in train of bearing fruit.

Concerning the possible change of the headquarters of the General Administration, Br. Emili Turú declared that the commission charged with the study had already been appointed and that the work of evaluation had also begun.

Another question referred to the updating of the Constitutions requested by the General Chapter. Br. Eugène Kabanguka explained the process carried out and added that, at the end of the Mass, each Brother Provincial would receive a printed copy in which he could appreciate the results of the work achieved.

Br. Josep Maria Soteras explained the vicissitudes and solutions applied to Archivum as a means of managing the electronic archives of the Institute. This is a project which keeps on growing and in which several Provinces are involved.

Br. John Klein explained how they proceeded in drawing up some institutional policies with regard to defending the rights of children. A commission is responsible for drawing up a  draft of the documents to be sent to various agents, which will be sent to the Provincials shortly.

Br. Michael de Waas gave a brief presentation on the latest news about FMSI (Fondazione Marista per la Solidarietà Internazionale): The two offices, the one in Rome and the other in Geneva, each will have its own director and the President of the Fondazione will be a Councilor General, instead of a Brother appointed for this purpose.

Finally, Br. Emili explained the situation of the Brothers and their works in Haiti and stated that the new General Council included among its objectives continuing with the animation and management meetings begun by the preceding general government. This ended the question time. A short break was followed by the evaluation, first written, then oral, on the part of those who wished to say something about the meeting.

Br. Emili closed this Extended Council Meeting by recalling that Br. Sean, at the time of starting the work of renovating the Hermitage, had asked the Brothers to « reclaim the spirit of the Hermitage ». Around the urn of Marcellin, the Council advanced a step in this reclaiming, notable for the courage, openness, excellent spirit and good communication for sharing ideas and sentiments decisively expressed. The Brothers of Europe leave the Hermitage for the Provinces with the desire of blazing the trail together, open to listening to the Holy Spirit. « We will need to accompany the mourning for the deaths that we do not want and the lives in which we find it hard to believe », the superior general added. But « since we love our vocation, no effort will be too great for moving ahead. »

Br. Emili concluded with a story borrowed from the American Indians, such as those told by Eduardo Galeano. The potter of the tribe, who no longer had the ability to continue his work, passed on his wisdom to the young apprentice in his workshop in a solemn rite. He took his master work and gave it to the young potter starting out on his career; the latter broke it on the ground in his master’s presence. Immediately, he gathered up the thousand fragments and mixed them with the clay which he was going to use for his own work.

After the Eucharist, all the Brothers assembled around the reliquary of Saint Marcellin and the pile of copies of the 2010 edition of the Constitutions and Statutes beside it. The Superior General handed a copy to each of the Brother Provincials of Europe, while those taking part sang a new composition by Brothers Maurice Goutagny (words) and Miquel Cubeles (music), written for the occasion.

AVEC MARIE.

Dieu est venu dans ma maison,
C’était le jour d’Annonciation ;
Dieu m’a poussée hors de chez moi,
M’a fait partir, porter la joie.

Sur les chemins de la Judée,
Je suis allée pour annoncer ;
Femme debout sous le soleil,
Disciple du ressuscité.

AVEC MARIE, PARTEZ EN HÂTE
VERS UNE TERRE NOUVELLE !
AVEC MARIE, PARTEZ EN HÂTE
VERS UNE TERRE NOUVELLE !

Lai, lara la la, …

J’ai rencontré nombre d’enfants
Et dans leurs yeux beaucoup d’espoirs.
J’ai pris le temps de les aimer,         
Et de leur dire que Dieu les aime.

Dans la maison d’Élisabeth,
J’ai rencontré le Dieu vivant.
Entre nous deux, dans le service,
J’ai vu que Dieu était présent.

AVEC MARIE...

Mon cœur a débordé de joie
Pour chanter la vie et l’amour ;
Magnificat, alléluia !
Dieu nous visite chaque jour.

Comme mes frères, les prophètes,
J’ai fait la route du retour ;
Dieu est passé à Nazareth
Bâtir une Église nouvelle.

CON MARIA, SALID DEPRISA
HACIA UNA NUEVA TIERRA!
CON MARIA, SALID DEPRISA
HACIA UNA NUEVA TIERRA!

Lai, lara la la,… Lai, lara la la,...

____________________

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  2. March 13th: Prophets of hope
  3. March 14th: Marist Europe today - Realities and challenges
  4. March 15th: In search of a future for Marist Europe
  5. March 16th: Closure of the Meeting of the Extended General Council around the reliquary of Champagnat

 

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General Council
Marist Marist Marist Marist
Antonio
Ramalho
Emili
Turú
Ernesto
Sánchez Barba
Eugène
Kabanguka
John Klein
Marist Marist Marist    
Josep María
Soteras
Joe
Mc Kee
Michael
De Waas
   
         
Compostela
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Antonio
Leal
Eduardo
Montenegro
Máximo
Blanco
Nicolás
García
Oscar
Martín Vicario
Marist Marist      
Raúl
Figuera
Tomás
Briongos
     
         
L'Hermitage
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
André
Deculty
Gabriel
Villa-Real
Jean Pierre
Destombes
Jean
Ronzon
Jaume
Parés
Marist Marist Marist Marist  
Maurice
Berquet
Miquel
Cubeles
Pere
Ferré
Xavi
Giné
 
         
Ibérica
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Ambrosio
Alonso Díez
Alberto
Oribe
Alfonso
Fernández García
Carlos
Martín
Ernesto
Tendero
Marist Marist Marist    
Moisés
Alonso
José
Abel Muñoz
Samuel
Holguín
   
         
Mediterránea
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Antonio Gimé-
nez de Bagüés
Aureliano
García
Damiano
Forlani
Fernando
Alés
Juan Carlos
Fuertes
Marist Marist      
Juan Ignacio
Poyatos
Onorino
Rota
     
         
West-Central Europe
Marist Marist Marist    
Brendan
Geary
Maurice
Taildeman
Robert
Thunus
   
         
         
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Alain Delorme
Translator
Antonio Aragón
Translator
Jack González
Translator
Salomon Neville
Translator
Antonio Estaún
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