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A meeting of young brothers from Brasil Centro-Sul

21/05/2005: Brazil

The annual meeting of the young brothers of the Province of Brasil Centro-Sul took place from the 21st to the 24th April. It had particular significance this year, being the Marist Vocation Year. Forty-two brothers participated: ranging from those in their second year of temporary profession to those in their second year of perpetual profession. Brother Provincial, Brother Vice-Provincial, responsible for initial formation, and a brother who co-ordinated the activities joined them for this meeting.
The co-ordinating team had programmed times for brotherly sharing for their confrères: activities aimed at extending each participant personally, life sharing, celebrations, reflections and a deepening of personal commitment.
The meeting took place in three places in Paraná: the gathering, welcome, preparation and orientation took place at Curitiba. On the second day, the games and extension activities occurred at Tijucas do Sul. During the two final days at Guaratuba, the brothers concentrated on the contents of Brother Seán Sammon’s letter, ‘Rekindling the fire’, written on the occasion of the launching of the Marist Vocation Year. The study of the letter was accompanied by life sharing and the search for practical ways of living and incarnating the suggestions given by the Superior General, and a reflection on each participant’s challenges in life that had been shared the evening before. The small group work was followed by a plenary session.
A team of five brothers co-ordinated the meeting so as to have an equal share of sporting activities, times for prayer and reflection, and moments for fraternisation and informal gatherings. The aspect that was particularly remarkable was the creativity shown by each participant during the cultural and artistic activities, the games and the social times; this greatly added to the success of the event. All the participants recognised the value of such an experience and the importance of encouraging each other in brotherhood through meetings of young brothers.

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