Life Project - In Fraternity

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This document originates from a process of updating the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family (CMMF) after a journey that began in 1985 when it was launched by the 18th General Chapter of the Marist Brothers. Therefore, the document stems from and aims at a life experience. The CMMF has been and still is a real and valuable support for many people who wish to grow, deepen, and bond with the Marist charism.

The document you hold in your hands portrays the identity of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family, indicating the horizon towards which we want to move.

REGARDIn thinking about the Movement’s journey until now, we recognise multiple signs of life reflected in its great diversity and creativity. However, we also feel the urgency of responding in a deeper, more committed and better-organized way to the calls of the Church, the challenges of the world and the new and dynamic vision of the Institute.

Brother Charles Howard (Superior General from 1985 to 1993) already invited us to carry out this task in his letter presenting the CMMF Life Project in 1990: “The ‘final’ document will be a living word coming from your own hearts, from your own faith, from your own experience, from your living of Champagnat’s spirituality. We see this modest document as the first step in a process, which you will complete in the years ahead”.

The Movement was born in response to the desire of many laypeople to live their Christian vocation within the Marist charism. The witness of their lives has contributed to its growth and development. They are the raison d’ être of the Movement.