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Intercommunity meeting in El Salvador

05/07/2010: El Salvador

Hearts wide open for meeting the brothers, we arrived from the different communities, including San Miguel, the most distant. Rare were those unable to come. The joy of the fraternal encounter quickly won every heart.

The theme was simple – nothing new! – but profoundly significant in our lives. We took up the challenges of the XXI General Chapter, looking for their practical application in our everyday lives.

After watching a beautiful audiovisual and listening to Brother Provincial’s presentation, we had a time for personal reflection. Then the break, during which informal sharing continued,and finally work in small groups formed by brothers from different communities. This time allowed us to benefit from the reflections of others.

We then found ourselves in Plenary Assembly. On departure, the superiors of each community presented a symbol expressing the most important experience lived by the community. Curiously, several communities chose the same symbol: keys, thus expressing the desire for openness and hospitality to which many communities had been called.

There was also a general sharing of the reflections from each group, family news from Brother Hipólito, and also contributions from some brothers. Javier Villasur spoke about his experience within the Consultative Commission appointed by the new government on educational matters, about the existing concerns about school security, and about some important projects for the future. Roberto Linares presented a panorama of the Vocations Ministry which encouraged us not to slacken efforts with this provincial priority.

Armed with this baggage of challenges and experiences, we celebrated the eucharist in the community chapel. The chaplain knew how to animate it with flexibility and dignity. At the end of the Mass, the brothers of the Santa Ana community offered the other communities a little bag of coffee from that western region of the country.

The lunch – healthy, abundant and well seasoned – brought the meeting to an end, leaving us with a pleasant « Marist taste ».

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Br. Jorge Muñoz Contreras

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