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Br Emili Visits 15 New Marists Ahead of Final Vows

22/04/2015: Bolivia

The Superior General travelled to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to encourage and lecture 15 Marists preparing for their perpetual vows.

“It was an excellent opportunity to listen to their worries and dreams as well as the difficulties in which they find themselves each day and how they battle to overcome them,” Br Emili Turú told the General House when he returned to Rome.

“It was a great joy to reflect and share thoughts alongside a group of young brothers full of energy, hope, enthusiasm and generosity for a week,” he added on April 15. 

During his April 5-11 trip, Br Emili explained what will be expected of them when they make their final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. 

He gave the group a workshop clarifying the Marist Institute’s vision for the future and the terms it uses, like “new face brother,” which was introduced in the last General Chapter. 

The new brothers, all from Latin America except for an Italian, are taking part in a preparation course for their vows which began on Feb. 21 and will end on June 19.

They are being guided by three Marist Brothers leading a programme that includes prayer, work and sport as well as workshops relating to sexuality and affectivity.

Br Emili labeled the group as “privileged protagonists” of the Institute’s future and said he wishes “they truly become what they are called to be, Little Brothers of Mary.”

“I hope they insert themselves into the stream of ecclesial renewal promoted by Pope Francis, who is inviting us to go out to the peripheries,” he stated. 

The Superior expects the new brothers to “always promote prophetic dialogue in our community life and mission” and hopes “they take care of themselves, giving themselves space and time for a balanced life to really be accomplices of the Spirit.”

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