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National Meeting of Marist Formators of Brazil

09/09/2008: Brazil

From August 30 until September 3, 2008, the National Meeting of Marist Formators took place at the Marist Juniorate in Porto Alegre – RS. Attending the meeting were 39 Brothers, lay men and lay women from the three Provinces and from the District. The main objectives of the meeting were the continuous formation of the formators, the strengthening of our inter provincialism and sharing the wealth and challenges of the formation processes of Marist Brazil.

The meeting consisted of Brothers formators and vocation animators, as well as two lay women: Heloísa Afonso (CEM-BH) and Adalgisa Oliveira (PUC-PR), and a lay man: Sergio Schons (PMRS). The three Provincials of Marist Brazil and the General Councillor responsible for formation in the Institute, Brother Antonio Ramalho, were also present at the meeting.

The daily programme was prepared, respectively, by each of the Provinces, the Marist District of Amazonia and the Marist Union of Brazil (UMBRASIL), responsible for the overall coordination of the meeting. The meeting was opened, on the evening of 30/09, by UMBRASIL, with a letter from Brother. Claudino Falchetto, co-ordinator of the Superior Council of UMBRASIL, and with some words from Brother Dionísio Rodrigues, Vice-provincial of the Marist Province of Rio Grande do Sul, and Brother Antonio Ramalho, General Councillor. During the days that followed there was discussion on the realities of the formation processes of the Provinces and of the District, a reflection was made on post-modernism and its consequences for initial formation, with the help of Professor Adalgisa Oliveira; Brother Antonio Ramalho presented the reality of initial formation in the Institute and some plans of action were developed for the future.

At the end there was a period, for reflection by Provinces, on how to apply, in each reality, what we had experienced with regard to initial formation in Brazil.

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