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Mission Assembly- Nairobi 2014

Saturday, 21 September, began with prayer in the chapel around Fr Champagnat. Then Br Emili  explained the programme for Saturday and Monday: days for listening to information about  various topics relating to the General Government and the Institute.

First, Br Joe Mc Kee V.G. explained the situation at the General House, including the “Villa Eur” hotel, the former building of the International College. Three different bodies had been asked to make an analysis of the situation there and present a report, dealing with the obstacles, possible uses, type of payment and valuation. Given the current economic situation, sale is out of the question. For the moment, it continues with professional support, and it has been decided to confide management to a firm and change “Villa EUR” from a “holiday” inn to a  hotel. This will help improve the administration, while continuing to study and seek ways to solve the problem of the General House.

Secondly, the Econome General, Br Víctor Preciado presented the model of financing the General Government. He spoke about its historical development, the processes developed and the difficulties which had surfaced along the way. The matter will be presented with more detail at the meeting of Provincial Economes in October in Rome.

Thirdly, Br Ernesto Sánchez C.G. explained the stages involved in the revision of the  Constitutions and Statutes, and the setting up of a commission to launch a process of animation throughout the Institute, which will begin work in November.

Fourthly, Br Emili Turú spoke about the Bicentenary of the Institute and its programming. He gave information about the criteria, the 3 years of preparation with a theme per year, and how to integrate this with the dates and events of the Institute and the Church.

Fifthly, the director of the Secretariat of the Laity, Br Javier Espinosa, spoke about the lay experience and the ways for the future, in particular the matter of the different forms of adherence, either to the charism or to the Institute. Br Jeffrey Crowe, Provincial of Australia, followed with a model of laity and brothers setting up a public association with civil and canonical implications.

Sixthly, the director of FMSI - Geneva, Br Jim Jolley, dealt with the topic of child protection, which is being carried out at institute level in the various provinces, its policies and plans of actions. He indicated it had made great advances in general, but it is necessary to continue taking concrete steps.

Seventhly, Br Josep Maria Soteras C.G. spoke about the “kosmos” programme which had been established in the General Secretariat and for all the Province Secretariats for the Brothers’ data, and the “archivum” programme for the documents required by the Institute at the   general level. He spoke of the next stages in their implementation and asked for the support and co-operation of the provincials in the use of these systems by their secretaries.

The afternoon was left free. At the Eucharist, the homily was replaced by the reading in English and Spanish of part of the interview given by Pope Francis, in which he connected his person with the Gospel of the day, the call of Matthew. 

Mission Assembly- Nairobi 2014

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