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The General Council invites 2 brothers and 10 laypeople to the Chapter

03/04/2009: General House

“The Brother Superior General and his Council may invite various people to the Chapter, their number not exceeding 15% of the total number of Brother capitulants. In dialogue with the Preparatory Commission, the Brother Superior General and his Council will define the nature and time period of the participation of the persons invited. The right to vote in Chapter decisions remains reserved to capitulants.” (Statutes of the General Chapter, 12).

The General Council, during its last plenary session, made the decision to invite 12 people to the XXI General Chapter: 2 brothers y 10 laypeople, in accordance with the authority given to it by the Statutes of the General Chapter.

Two brothers have been invited due to their current function in the Institute: Br. Víctor Preciado (Econome General) and Br. Michael de Waas (Superior of the Ad Gentes sector in Asia). The brothers have been invited for the entire period of the General Chapter.

The 10 laypeople have been invited for a period of two weeks (beginning on the 8th of September), so that among themselves, they can respond to the following objectives:
 To study in depth, together with the Brother capitulants, the major areas in which the laypeople are most implicated, especially Mission and Laity.
 To help the members of the XXI General Chapter to continue addressing the themes that were proposed in the last General Chapter and in whose completion the laypeople have been greatly involved: the document on the formation of the Marist laity, the joint formation of brothers and laity; the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family…
 To contribute to the reflection and the experience of the Marist International Mission Assembly from the perspective of the laity, and to study in depth, together with the Brother capitulants, the lines of action proposed in the final phase of the assembly in Mendes 2007.
 To listen to laypeople who are representatives of significant groups in the Institute, at the same time expressing the diversity that exists among them.

In the selection of the laypeople the Council has taken into account, besides the above-mentioned objectives, the criterion of proportional representation, similar to what was used for the election of the Brother delegates to the Chapter.

The invited laypeople are: Ms. Agnes Reyes (Philippines), Ms. Angela Sestrini (L’Hermitage), Mr. Arturo Morales (Mediterránea), Mr. Chema Pérez Soba (Ibérica), Ms. Dilma Alves (Brasil Centro-Norte), Ms. Erica Pegorer (Melbourne), Mr. Fernando Larrambebere (Cruz del Sur), Ms. Irma Zamarripa (México Occidental), Ms. Linda Corbeil (Canada), Mr. Rufus Chimezie Ozoh (Nigeria).

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