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A course on Marist patrimony, in English

28/08/2008: General House - Photo gallery

June saw the closure of the Course on Marist patrimony , which had lasted for six months, organized in Rome for the English-speaking Brothers. With a Eucharistic service, which demonstrated the cultural diversity of the Institute and its internationality, Brother Seán Sammon, the Superior General and Brothers Michel Green and Aureliano Brambila who directed the course, presented the diplomas to the new researchers of Marist patrimony.

The course came about, in the first place, with the purpose of promoting a new group of Marists to study in depth the spiritual patrimony of the Institute, so that these Brothers in turn can help others to deepen their knowledge of Marist history and spirituality, in different places around the world. Secondly, to undertake new researches which will enrich the body of existing research. And, finally, to identify new researchers who can take the place of the previous generation of writers, animators and researchers.

The group consisted of 22 Brothers from 18 countries and 16 different Marist provinces. The age-range of the participants was very wide; the youngest was 27 years old and the oldest was 75. Among them there were two Brothers with temporary vows who, at the end of the course began the month retreat in preparation for their perpetual profession. All of this diversity has come together through the Marist charism.

The methodology used during 19 weeks was a mixture of conferences and personal research. 17 lecturers took part in the conferences: Brothers Kieran Fenn (Sacred Scripture), Neville Solomon (French Context), Edward Clisby (Passive letters of Champagnat and the lesser testimonies), Pau Fornells (Lay Marists), Alain Delorme (First Brothers), Peter Rodney (Water from the Rock), Carlos Martínez (Marist Educational Mission), Dominick Pujia (Marist Solidarity), Giovanni Bigotto (Marist Saints), Ernesto Sánchez (Vocational Pastoral), Pedro Herreros (Rules of 1837) and André Lanfrey (Origins and evolution of Marist spirituality). Taking part on behalf of the Marist Family were P. Alois Greiler (Society of Mary), and Sisters Vivienne Golstein (The Marist Sisters), and Margaret Ryan (The Marist Missionary Sisters).

The personal research started from common sources for all the participants in the course, such as the Marist origins and the Founders letters. On concluding the course all the participants presented a work of personal research on a chosen topic. During the course, the Brothers were able to make a pilgrimage to the Marist places where they spent two weeks.

The evaluation of the course has been very satisfactory in all its aspects, highlighting in a particular way the facilities that can be offered by the General House especially for access to the files of the Institute. Little by little the Brothers have joyfully returned to their places of origin, happy to have been able to take part in this excellent initiative.

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