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Visit of the General Council to Arco Norte

17/05/2005: Guatemala

Pentecost Sunday. The day began with the celebration of the Eucharist. The assembly sang “Come O Holy Spirit! I am open to your presence and you will change my heart.” The coincidence could not have been more opportune: the words, proposals, commitments, etc. expressed during these days could fly away with the wind, unless they had the presence and the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Brother Seán opened the work session sharing his reflection and vision of the region; he emphasised the enormous potential that exists in the region, as much in human resources as in materials, and he encouraged all to be audacious in their commitment and creative in their mission.
After a time of work in Provincial Council groups and in the general assembly, all present affirmed their desire for interprovincial collaboration in the different areas where they had previously been working and that they embrace the larger topics that affect Marist life and mission. It was also approved that, starting from the General Conference that will take place in Sri Lanka in September 2005, the Provincials will define more concrete ways to ensure that this collaboration continues.
Sunday lunch marked the end of the extended General Council meeting in the region of Arco Norte, a very vital region at the heart of the Institute, consisting of four Provinces that extend over nine countries (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador), besides the present communities in Honduras (dependent on the Province of Compostela), Haiti (dependent on the Province of Canada) and Cuba (General Council).
In this region, there are 7,458 people, brothers and laity, committed to the Marist mission serving about 92,000 children and young people. Hopefully this visit of the General Council represents a new impulse to continue in the service of the Church and of the society of these countries, faithful to Champagnat’s charism.

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