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Marist Economes in Brazil

09/04/2005: Brazil

More than twenty-three brothers and laypeople, representing the Finance Offices of three Marist Provinces in Brazil and the Administration Offices related to the Provinces and the District of Amazônia, gathered for the Meeting of Marist Finance Departments of Brazil in Porto Alegre. The main objective of the meeting was to analyse the administrative and financial management of each region and to look for solutions and common projects.
The subjects discussed included: philanthropy, the System of Social Assistance, school insurance, commercial partners for the financing and licensing of software, social equality and the policy of rebates in school fees. One of the concerns of the participants is continuing the work of reorganisation of the new Provinces.
For the Provincial Econome of the Marist Province of Brasil Centro-Sul, Brother Délcio Balestrin, “We need to look to integrate our work throughout the country. It is easier to realise common projects when there is strength in common. It is the way to unify our procedures and to find unity within the Province itself. We need strategies to render Marist education viable and to confront an education that is purely commercial. Many only aim for profit, but Marist schools look to the integral formation of citizens.”
The Provincial Econome of the Marist Province of Rio Grande do Sul, Brother Lauro Hochscheidt, hopes that “at the national level of Brasil, the Administration Offices can become aware of the existing reality in the administrative and financial domains, in order to find common solutions that may have great value for the Marist mission in the country.”
“The sharing of experiences and the attempt to walk together will give weight to Marist unity”, claims Brother Joaquim Oliveira, the Provincial Econome of the Marist Province of Brasil Centro-Norte.
For the Marists of the District of Amazônia, the realities they must face are a little different to the others. In the words of Brother Gentil Meneguzzi, the District Econome, “Our presence here is important in order to know what the situation is in Brazil and to try to find solutions for ours.”

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