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A brief look at the biography of Brother Moisés Alonso Pérez

15/10/2015: Spain

The new provincial of Ibérica recently appointed says the creation of a Christian Marist community as a reference in each educational work will be one of his focuses in his new post. 

“An interesting challenge is to continue shaping what we have been promoting for some time: the creation of a Christian Marist community as a reference in each educational work to ensure the survival of the Marist charism in the works,” said Brother Moisés Alonso, who is currently superior of the community of Alcalá de Henares.

“A community of brothers and lay people who feel Marist and want the Marist charism to survive in that work, even in the case that one day there may not be a community of brothers linked to it,” he added in an interview with the general house press office on Oct. 8.

According to the Brother, “this is a challenge and a hope right now” and said that the Marists “have many people who believe in it, so I hope it comes true one day.”

On the topic of vocations of brothers, Br Moisés reiterated that we should “offer young people our simple testimony of Brothers, that they see us happy and excited about our mission with children and youth and invite those who know us and feel called to join us to this project of life.”

The superior general announced the new position of Br Moisés in a letter dated Oct. 7, in which he thanked the previous provincial, Brother Ambrosio Alonso for his “devotion and dedication to serving the Ibérica province during these last six years.”

Br Moisés will take up office during the fifth Chapter of the province, which will take place at the end of December.

 

Biography

Br Moisés was born in Amaya, in Spain, where he lived until entering the juniorate in Villalba. He completed his initial formation in Sigüenza, Córdoba and Alcalá de Henares.

For seven years, he was a formator in the juniorates of Villalba and Toledo, with a brief interruption to attend university in Madrid where he studied theology and history. 

He was entrusted with forming part of the provincial mission team, which he has labelled as “rich years in community and pastoral experience, accompanying university students and collaborating in the formation of animators”.

He formed part of the provincial council and after two years in a community of insertion in the neighborhood of Entrevías in Madrid, was sent to the Chamberí school where he worked as a teacher and later as a principal.

He spent two summers as a volunteer in Central America and recalls the months in which he was involved in recycling in Cochabamba as “strong moments that revived my life and mission as a Marist brother.” 

He is currently superior of the community of Alcalá de Henares, where he mainly works as coordinator of the council of educational works of the Province. 

The council is the body responsible for the animation and management of all educational works of the Province, alongside four teams. 

They work in educational and pastoral coordination; human resources; youth, vocational and social ministry; economic management.

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