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First meeting of the Organizing Committee of the IMYM

02/12/2011: Brazil
IMYM | 17-21 July 2013

 Brasil awaits you with open arms, just like Christ the Redeemer blessing all the young people coming here to take part in the World Youth Day - Rio 2013, gathered under the motto already announced by Pope Benedict XVI : « Go, then, and make disciples of all the  nations » (Mt 28:19). As announced in the ’Osservatore Romano, the WYD Rio 2013 will be held from 23 to 28 July. The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro and the National Conference of the Bishops of Brasil (CNBB) are working tirelessly on the organisation of this important event for the Church.

The Higher Council of the Marist Union of  Brasil (UMBRASIL) has welcomed the proposal of the Secretariat for Mission to hold an International Marist Youth Meeting in Brasil, in 2013, and has elected an Organizing Committee to prepare for this important event for youth and for the Marist Institute.

The Organizing Committee of the IMYM 2013 held its first meeting on 7 and 8 November, at the base of UMBRASIL, in Brasilia, to plan the event based on IMYM 2011 (Buitrago, Spain). The teams consists of Br João Carlos do Prado – Director of the International Secretariat for Mission, Br Valdícer Civa Fachi – Executive Secretary of UMBRASIL, João Carlos de Paula – Adviser on Mission  of UMBRASIL, Br Luiz André Pereira –representing the Commission « Evangelisation of the Americas », as well as  representatives of the Provinces: ‘Rio Grande do Sul’ – Br Devis Alexandre Fischer and Jair Rodrigues Dutra ; ‘Centro-Sul’ – Br João Batista Pereira, Marilúcia Resende and Bruno Manoel Socher ; ‘Centro-Norte’ – Br Iranilson Correia de Lima, Br Pedro Jadir de Araújo Melo, Br Marciano de Brito Silva, Michel Fábio Francisco Nantes and João Ribeiro Bastos Cunha.

The youth, Brothers and laity present at Buitrago shared their enriching experience during the meeting. They ardently hope that the next IMYM revives the dreams and calls of the Marist youth expressed in the letter, and also in the Institute’s recently published document Evangelizers in the midst of youth.

The next IMYM will be held from 17 to 22 July 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, the week before the WYD. Numerous youth branches will come to share their lives, their experiences with regard to the evangelization of youth, and to continue to prolonger the dream of Marcellin Champagnat. We know that our hearts remain burning, on the road to theNew Land, just like those of the disciples of Emmaus.

The next meeting of the Organizing Committee of the IMYM will take place in Rio de Janeiro, from 14 to 17 February 2012, with the participation of guests from America Central, Europe and Australia.

We already welcome with open arms all the pilgrims committed to following Jesus, guided by the first disciple, Mary, and inspired by the charism of Champagnat. Welcome to all!

IMYM | 17-21 July 2013

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