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V Meeting of the Inter-American Network of MAS and XV Meeting of the Latin-American Network

27/04/2010: Argentina - Photo gallery

The Inter-American Network of MAS met in Lujan – Buenos Aires – (Argentine). Work began on Thursday 8/04 and finished on the evening of 15/04. Among those present were the various MAS delegates coming from the Administrative Units of Marist America, as well as Brothers and lay people from the following countries: Argentine, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Canada.

The meeting took place in the « Villa San José », an historic place which for the first 90 years of Marist presence in Argentine was the house of formation for many generations of South American and European Brothers. For about 20 years it has been a retreat house and meeting place for numerous groups of young people and adults, as well as a reception centre for pilgrims to the sanctuary of Luján.

The aim of the Inter-American Network of MAS meeting is to carry on formation in the field of Marist spirituality. In concrete, it is a matter of forming animators of spirituality who, in their turn, can pass on the formation they receive in their Provinces or Districts. The joint formation of Brothers and laity in the field of spirituality is an important project conducted by the Network and founded on the directions of the last General Chapters. It is important to specify that this year sees the development of the second part of the formation course for animators of Marist spirituality. The first part took place last year in April at Los Teques (Venezuela). Among the themes treated may be mentioned: apostolic prayer, unification of life, the Marial aspect of our spirituality, the organisation of MAS in the Provinces, the animator of MAS. The course is co-ordinated by Brothers Mariano Varona (Santa María de los Andes), José Miguel Caballero (Norandina) and Horacio Bustos (Cruz del Sur).

The participants were: For Santa María de les Andes, Brothers Mariano Varona, Patricio Pino and Luis Cornejo Silva, and the lay people Raúl Amaya, Eliana Rojas, Mónica Aguirre, Patricia Peña and Ricardo Miño. For Brasil Centro-Sul, Brothers Joaquim Sperandio and José Aderlan Nascimento, and the layman João Luis Fedel Goncalves. For Rio Grande do Sul, Brother Leandro Paiz and layman Gustavo Balbinot. For Brasil Centro Norte, Brothers Joaci Pinheiro de Sousa and Rafael Ferreira Junior, and the laywoman Heloisa Afonso de Almeida Sousa. For Umbrasil, Brother Lodovino Jorge Marín. For Norandina, Brothers Crescenciano González, José Miguel Caballero, Ismar Portilla Benavides and Francisco Javier Pérez, and the laywomen Mercy Sedamanos and Teresa Hernández Arteaga. For America Central, Brothers Carlos Monroy and Manolo Vallejo, and layman Francisco Porres. For Mexico Occidental, Brother Carlos G. Perales. For Mexico Central, Brother Rodrigo Espinosa. For Canada, Brother Réal Sauvageau and layman Alain Barrette. For the United States of America, Brother John A. Allen. For Cruz del Sur and the District of Paraguay, Brothers Horacio Bustos, Ángel Duples and Juan Torrelles, and the laypeople Pilar Caggiao, Guillermo Monteverde, Marcela Rodríguez, Gracilea D’Eletto, Mónica Linares, María José Doffi and Zunilda Silva.

On the last day of the meeting, the participants decided on the date and place of the next meeting of the Inter-American Network for 2011, and the objectives and goals for the next years.

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