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Br. Davide Pedri elected as Provincial

26/08/2008: General House

On July 28 of this year, Brother Seán Sammon and his Council elected Bro. Davide Petri as Provincial of the Marist province of Brazil Centro-Sul, for a preliminary three years. Bro. Davide was born in 1937, in the municipality of Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, BRAZIL. Following on his years of initial and pedagogic formation, he graduated in Natural History in the Catholic Papal University of Paraná (PUCPR). He was headmaster in important schools: Archidiocesano and Nuestra Señora de la Gloria, in São Paulo; The Marist School of Primary Education (Maristinha) and the Marist School of Secondary Education (Maristão), Brasilia. For many years he was a member of the “Junta Rectora” of the Editorial FTD. He held the position of Provincial Superior in the old Marist Province of São Paulo, for two three-year periods, from 1983 to 1989. Since the restructuring of the Province, in 2002, he has been a member of the Provincial Council, and currently he is the coordinator of the Executive Group of the Schools’ Network (DERC).

From another perspective, Bro. Davide Pedri is known as a person of many qualities and of great coherence within his Marist calling. His simplicity is noted in his way of life. He relates spontaneously with people, whatever their age, status or social class. He welcomes everyone with a big, generous heart and is filled with kindness.

He has a special capacity for creating a relaxed atmosphere of family and fraternity. He spreads happiness around him with numerous anecdotes and amusing incidents from his life. He possesses great social sensitivity and never flags in his efforts to provide appropriate answers to the needs of the current times and of todays society. He makes every effort to encourage those committed to the mission, brothers and lay people, and prepares his interventions or structures to further the charism.

His life demonstrates a commitment which he has adopted with seriousness and serenity. Available to all, he makes of his existence a humble and generous offering to the loving designs of the Father. With a Marian attitude and following the example of Abraham, he prepares to assume a new mission and to be fertile in the third age, being the Irmão Davi known to us all.

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