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VI Meeting of the Inter-American Network of Marist Spirituality

25/05/2011: Brazil

From 28 April to 5 May, Curitiba hosted the VI Meeting of the Inter-American Network of Marist Spirituality. The participants numbered 32: brothers and laity from all the Regions of the Institute in the Americas. Each Province sent at least two representatives.

The meeting had as its main objectives:

  •  To revise, complete and approve the biennial Plan for 2011-2013, emphasizing in a special way the definition of the network’s identity and mission;
  • To evaluate the progress made by the provincial commissions in the work of  formation and animation of Marist apostolic spirituality in the Administrative Units;
  • To form the participants in drawing up spiritual itineraries for brothers and laity, in line with the call of the XXI General Chapter, in view of conversion, making use of reflection and accompaniment.

The dynamic employed by the Network in all its meetings is very particular; priority is given in all its activities to interaction and sharing among those taking part; faith and life often go together, and the situation is always seen as the space where God is revealing himself; experiences of solidarity with the poor become the subject of reflection and prayer; the formation proposed is consistent and the content well transmitted from the point of view of methodology; there is particular care given to family spirit, which makes the common life between brothers and laity so pleasant. These were the sentiments of the  participants at this sixth meeting.

At each meeting one sees that the presence of the Marist laity is becoming more and more important, in number and in quality of participation. There were at least ten lay persons at this meeting, and many others, of the organizing Province, Brasil Centro-Sul, were in the background, working for the success of all the activities programmed.

The General Administration from Rome was also present through Brothers Javier Espinosa (Bureau of Laity) and César Rojas (Bureau of Brothers Today). Both were able to become familiar with the experience of the Network and also to make known the projects they are co-ordinating at the level of the Institute to give impetus to the life and mission of brothers and lay Marists.

In Spanish, French or Portuguese, all the participants understood and made themselves understood during the meeting. In fact, when from « all the dioceses in the world » the founder calls his Marists for mission, the « official » language is always love, a language always understood by everyone!

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Br. Rafael Ferreira

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