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Fourth Working Session

18/08/2008: General House

From July 21 to 26 the XXI General Chapter’s Preparatory Committee gathered for its fourth Rome meeting. For the first time, all committee members were present.

The first step was for the full committee to hear about the activities conducted by its regional coordinators, who themselves are members of the Preparatory Committee. The coordinators had brought together the facilitators from the Administrative Units, in order (a) to explain the way to put into action the plan established for getting all the Brothers involved, and (b) to learn their points of view, their suggestions and their proposals.

The actualization of the plan emphasizes the important role which the facilitators play in each Administrative Unit. It was very gratifying to see the efforts which many of the facilitators are making to organize meetings, to enter fully into their role and take advantage of the helps which facilitate the meetings held in each community. The helps are by way of various proposals for effecting (a) a re-examination of the pathway which the Institute has been following and (b) proposals for future plans.

The first document, “On the Road to the XXI General Chapter,” has already reached almost all the Administrative Units. The document is being distributed to the Brothers in each community, to the Brothers’ close collaborators and to each of the Fraternities of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family. The document is an invitation to generate a prayerful, reflective atmosphere in which all will be able to express individually their concerns and plans for the future of the Institute.

At its meeting the Committee determined the manner in which each Administrative Unit will create a synthesis of all the materials received so that the outcomes can be put to practical use. One foresees that the communities would dedicate a reflection period to the task during the months of August and September, so that in the early days of October a synthesis, drawn from the Administrative Units, can be established and sent to Rome at the end of the month as the final product of the processes.

The Committee ended up its work by looking for practical matters related to the Chapter. For example, the arrangements which have to be made so as to have a Chapter Hall in optimum condition, preparing a method best suited to the Chapter work in order to develop a sense of dialogue among the delegates, the possibility of the capitulants’ having a papal audience, the support staff which will be needed for all the services necessary during the Chapter, etc.

Among the preparatory steps which have been confided to the Committee, the “preliminary consultation” is the first. If anyone needs more copies of the brochure, additional copies may be requested from Brother Teodoro Grageda: teogda@hotmail.com.

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