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First meeting of the members of the future community of N. D. de l’ Hermitage

14/03/2008: General House - Photo gallery

From 2nd to 8th March 2008 a meeting took place in Rome, in the General House, of a group of people who have been invited to be part of the animation Community of the Hermitage, when the work of construction and remodelling is finished. This group of twelve people consists of eight Brothers, four from the Province of LHermitage: Benito Arbués (Spain), George Palandre (France), Dominique Pivert (France), Jean Pierre Destombes (France); four from different Provinces of the Marist world: Alan De Castro (Philippines), Diogène Musine (Rwanda), Miro Reckziegel (Brazil) and Neville Solomon (Australia), and four lay persons: Annie Girka (France) a teacher in one of the Marist schools of La Tutelle and a member of the animation team of fraternities and Marist formation of the laity of the Province of LHermitage in France; Claudia Rojas (Colombia), sister of two Marist Brothers, a dentist and member of the animation team of the lay Marists of the Province of Norandina and a married couple, Ernesto and Norma Spagnoli (Argentine) who form part of the animation team of fraternities of the Province of Cruz del Sur.

This first meeting was dedicated to getting to know each other on a personal level. To achieve this they held meetings to share their experiences and their personal feelings, talking about their lives and their links to the Marist charism. In the course of a second session they went on to look at the philosophy behind the “Hermitage Project . This was achieved by reviewing the last 30 years of the community of N. D. de l’ Hermitage, through a process of reflection carried out with regard to the Hermitage Project finally reaching an agreement on the Administrative Plan and concluding with the study of Brother Seán’s letter, Let us claim the spirit of the Hermitage to try to understand the implications for the mission and life of this community. And finally they analyzed the mission ahead of them, the roles that each one will play in the community, and other practical aspects such as contracts, agreements, protocols or community spaces.

This meeting was facilitated by Brothers Luis Sobrado García (Vicar General), Josep María Soteras (Spain) and Albert André (Belgium).

The members of the future community are aware of the demands of a Marist community at the service of the mission and of young people and adults in search of spirituality. It will demand of them an attitude and practice of welcome placed at the service of formation in Marist spirituality. For that reason, the preparation of the members of the future community has only just begun. The learning of languages, particularly French, a patrimony session and another to look in depth at methods and dynamics of personal accompaniment are part of the immediate programme. In the months that precede the commencement of the operation of the new community, all the members will have to explore possible dynamics and study more deeply the meaning and the practical implications of being a welcoming community in the style of Mary and Saint Marcellin that must provide personal accompaniment through diverse spiritual journeys. Some of the members are still in the discernment phase and have not yet given a definitive yes. At the moment, several ways have been established to ensure regular communication among themselves. The next meeting will take place from 8th to 13th December 2008, in Rome or in France.

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