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Marist mission assembly in the Sydney Province

28/04/2009: Australia

“Together in Mission, daring in hope” – not just words, but the felt experience of the 100 Marists (brothers and lay) who gathered together on Sunday evening for an historic gathering in the life and history of the Sydney Province.

Never before have Brothers and Lay Marists gathered in roughly equal numbers to deliberate and make recommendations together regarding the future of Marist Life and Mission for the Sydney Province.

In the Provincial’s opening address the delegates were challenged to respond to what he termed probably an urgent task of finding new ways of being and doing together, Brothers and Lay, so that there will be Marists in all our ministries into the future.

The role of the Provincial and Council in implementing the recommendations was recognised and comes through in the Statement and Recommendations confirmed by the Assembly.

The energy and hope in the group was tangible and frequently expressed and those assembled asked that a message be sent to the Brothers who were not present.

• There are many lay people who are passionate about formally belonging to the Marist enterprise. Although not professed religious there are people who want to be able to say that the Marist way of living the gospel and of ministering is their life too.

• We want to reassure each Brother that in addition to those who are seeking a formal way of belonging, there are many others who are just as passionate about living and ministering in the way of Mary and want to walk with you in whatever you are doing.

• Those assembled wanted to strongly acknowledge all that has happened to date. The work you have done and the way you have done it is what has attracted so many people to this way of living the gospel. The work continues to thrive in new and exciting ways.

• The local forums that met and helped to shape the agenda for this Assembly are an important way for implementing and nourishing the co-responsibility for Marist life and mission that is now being put into effect. We look forward to these groups continuing and hopefully flourishing. Your presence at these gatherings is greatly valued. Just being there gives us so much.

• Our thanks to those communities and families in Sydney that hosted and cared for the delegates and a special thanks to the boys of St Gregory’s College for their presence and singing at the opening liturgy.

We leave here buoyed by the experience of being together and meeting together on such a significant area. The statement and recommendations that accompany this message are the guide for us as we develop this co-responsibility for Marist life and mission so as to meet the current and emerging needs of our young people.

Our thanks to you all,
Mission Assembly Participants.

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