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Inter-provincial renewal course in Rawdon

07/08/2015: Canada

On July 19 a summer session was begun in Rawdon, Canada, called Inter-Provincial Renewal Course (CIR).  The course was organized for Brothers from 40 to 60 years of age.  The six Administrative Units of the Province Arco North participated in the initiative with the presence of 24 Marists.  The nine days session was divided into three blocks of three days each. The themes discussed were: Fraternity, Affectivity and consecrated Celibacy, and the shared Mission between Brothers and Laity. 

This meeting has been conceived or thought of as a time of personal and community conversion, the objective of which, so as to say, is the joint search for the healing of the “wounds” which affect us at the level of the heart, the body and the spirit.  The group of Brothers was accompanied by experts or specialists of the different themes proposed. 

Every two years, the Provincials of the six Administrative Units of the Province Arco North, offer the CIR program to the Brothers of the Region. The participants of this year come from the following countries: Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador (Norandina); Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador (Central America); Mexico (Central and Western); United States and Canada. 

This inter-provincial retreat was possible thanks to the three Brothers who have assumed the responsibility of the coordination: Ismar Portillo (Norandina), Miguel Santos (Mexico Western) and Bernard Beaudin (Canada).

This team was helped, supported by Canadian Brothers and Laity responsible for the logistics:  Gérard Bachand, Jacques Bélisle, Réal Cloutier, Marius Fournier, Chantal Cayer, Jonathan Drouin and André Grimard.

The theme, “A new way of being a Brother today” has been the fundamental axis around which the sharing and reflection have been interwoven and taken place.

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Bernard Beaudin, fms

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