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Religious life – Personal and Communitarian Ways of Renewal



Formative Experiences in Italy

09/12/2008: Italy

On October 18 and 19th, two formative experiences that had been offered to interested Brothers of Italy, got underway at the Generalate. There the participants were warmly received by the Brothers with authentic family spirit. There too we found all the necessary facilities for conducting the experience.

The experiences are called “itineraries,” and the first, entitled “Religious life – personal and communitarian path to renewal,” was led by Br. Onorino on the morning of October 19th. The second one, entitled “Human growth and Spirituality” was conducted by Marina Stremfelj from the Aletti center in Rome, and was held on two days: all day on Saturday, the 18th, and then on the morning of Sunday the 19th.

When both groups had finished their sessions, they celebrated the Eucharist together in the Chapel “of the Superiors” which is rich in Marist memories and symbols. Br. Emili Turú, General Counselor, was there too. His presence helped us to feel united to the Marist world and assured us that the hearts of our Superiors are one with the hearts of all the Brothers. After Mass we shared the meal with the Brothers of the General House, an occasion that helped us experience in a real way the richness of our brotherhood.

The path has been opened; the objectives have been outlined; the time for each Bother’s personal work has been established by the program. Thank you, Onorino, and thanks, Marina, for your help, and for the wonderful way in which you supported and guided us throughout the first sessions. We will meet again within a few months after having worked and reflected on the documents you will send us. We hope that we will be able to do so with great enthusiasm based on the new background of ideas and experiences we have and will want to share.

We also wish to thank the Community Life and Spirituality Commission, and in particular Br. Roberto Moraglia for preparing the meeting. We also want to thank all the Brothers at the Generalate, and all the Brothers on the General Administration, because we really felt at home among you.

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