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XIV Provincial Chapter of México Occidental

10/01/2007: Mexico

The 22nd December 2006 marked the opening of our XIV Provincial Chapter, with seventy-three brothers, capitulants and observers, and ten lay observers who accompanied us during the entire Chapter in order to install Brother Victor Preciado as Provincial of México Occi-dental for a second mandate. We would like to highlight the presence of Brother Antonio Ra-malho, General Councillor, throughout the works of the Chapter.

The morning of the first day was consecrated to the presentation and to the study of the Activ-ity Report for the three year period 2003-2006. The reactions to the report of the Provincial were, in general, of approval and gratitude for the work realised by many people during the three years of management by Brother Victor and his Council. The invitation was extended to all to distribute the tasks of the Province, sharing the responsibility of the animation of the Province with that of the Provincial and of his Council.
During the afternoon of Friday 22nd, the work was centred on the analysis of priorities fixed by the preceding Provincial Chapter, in the aim of determining their utilisation for the new period of Provincial animation. A second task was to suggest a new priority to the Provincial and to his Council.

The first part of the morning of Saturday 23rd was consecrated to presenting the analysis of the priorities undertaken by the teams. All the teams approved the continuity of the four pri-orities fixed by the XIII Provincial Chapter, which are:
1. To revitalise our Communities so that they be spaces of fraternity, simplicity and evangelical life, in the service of the mission.
2. Human, spiritual, professional and doctrinal resourcing of the brothers for the ex-perience of their consecration.
3. To assure together, brothers and laypeople, the educational and evangelising quality of our works, with a clear social orientation (solidarity).
4. To renew our vocations ministry.

Finally, after a time of dialogue and voting by the capitulants, a fifth priority was defined: To make visible our preference for the poor by our presence and our commitment to them.
The afternoon of Friday 22nd, during the Eucharistic Celebration, presided over by the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval, we finished the re-installation ceremony of Brother Victor Preciado as Provincial of México Occidental. After communion, a group of representatives from different sectors of the Province accompanied Brother Victor Preciado to the altar. Two Marist Brothers (one of the oldest and the youngest of the Province), a child, a young person and a lay collaborator read the letter in which Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, appointed Brother Victor as Provincial for another three year period.

Brother Antonio Ramalho, representative of the Brother Superior General, gave Brother Vic-tor an image of the Good Mother brought from Haiti, representing the gift that the Marist congregation has made of this mission of the Caribbean to our Province.
After the Eucharistic Celebration, a festive dinner was celebrated, animated by the choir school of the Marist University of Guadalajara, composed by students from Marist colleges.
The second day of the works of the XIV Provincial Chapter proceeded to the election of the new Provincial Councillors who are Javier López Godina, Manuel Franco, Luis Enrique Rod-riguez, Enrique Escobar, Oscar Becerra and Oscar Domínguez.

The last task carried out during this time was the definition of the study subjects for the sec-ond period of sessions of the XIV Provincial Chapter: “the participation of laypeople in the Provincial Chapter” and “the updating of the norms of the Province.”
The XIV Provincial Chapter included the participation of ten lay collaborators from our works: José Luis Ochoa Hernández (Instituto Valladolid de Morelia, Michoacán), Eduardo López Martínez (Instituto México, Tijuana, B.C.), Pedro Orozco Torres (Colegio Cristóbal Columbus Primaria de Tepic, Nayarit), Margarita Bonilla Garay (Marist Animation Centre, (CAM) Guadalajara, Jalisco), Gerardo Ortiz Martínez (Instituto México de Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua), Julio Enrique Segovia Sosa (Centro U. Montejo de Mérida, Yucatan), Luis Humberto Medrano M (Escuela Franco Guadalupe, de Monterrey, N.L.), Sergio Estrada Navarro (Colegio Morelos de Tepatitlán, Jalisco), Ramón Salcido Ruiz (Universidad Marista de Guadalajara, Jalisco) They were present during the chapter sessions as observers with the right of judging in the general commission and the parliamentary method and in the working in teams. Their presence and participation enriched the work of the Chapter, making the shared mission in our Province little by little a reality.

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