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Marist Fraternities of « Brasil Centro-Sul »

25/05/2009: Brazil

Each year we have a Meeting of the Fraternities of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family (CChFM) of our « Brasil Centro-Sul » Province. This is a movement which brings together the people, whether they are working in Marist works or not, who wish to commit themselves to living their Christian life in the light of the spirituality inherited from Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

On 25 and 26 April, the fifth of these meetings was held at Curitiba. More than 100 persons coming from the 14 existing Fraternities took part. It must be noted that the participation of the children gave the meeting a happy and pleasant family atmosphere.

The Meeting, carefully prepared by the CEVM Team, focused on two very important themes. On Saturday 25, the day was consecrated to deepening the theme of PRAYER, one of the four pillars of the life of the Fraternities, the others being reflection, conviviality, and the apostolate. The animator of the first theme was Fr. Marcial Maçaneiro, of the congregation of the « Déonien » Fathers. It was a pleasant, profound, and profitable day, reaching its summit with the celebration of the Eucharist. The Mass finished with the « sending »: each Fraternity received a little chapel with statues of Our Good Mother and Saint Marcellin.

These little chapels, which will occupy a place of honour in the monthly meetings of the members of the Fraternities, will be a concrete sign reminding each of their reason for existing: to live the spirituality of Saint Marcellin in the school of our Good Mother. The evening of the 25th was spent in a memorably convivial way, with the participation of all, the children obviously included.

The activities on the morning of the 26th were directed towards a deeper familiarization with the coming General Chapter. Two main themes were touched on: the history of the General Chapters and the guidelines for the XXI General Chapter, which will take place from 8 September to 10 October 2009. The reflection also concentrated on the concrete way in which the members of the Fraternities could take part in the lead up to the Chapter and in the General Chapter itself.

Note must be taken of the remarkable participation of Brothers Davide Pedri, Provincial, and Joaquim Sperandio, Vice-provincial. Their message accented the importance of the Fraternities of the Province, whether for carrying the charism beyond the Marist works, or whether as a favourable space for the promotion of vocations.

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