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The Brothers of the General House receive the new edition



Brother Emili Turú, Superior General, presents the new edition of the Constitutions and Statutes

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The brothers of the General Council and the General Administration took part in a simple ceremony together during which the Superior General presented to them the new edition of the Constitutions and Statutes. This took place during the Eucharist on the 26th of February  2011 in the chapel of the General Administration community. After communion, before presenting the work, Brother Emili addressed a few words to the brothers, encouraging them to receive this document as a project of community life for the whole Institute which would help us on the way towards celebrating the second centenary of the foundation of the Institute (2017).

Copies of the new edition, in the four languages of the Institute, were placed in the centre of the chapel at the foot of a statue of Saint Marcellin, against which there was a copy of the first edition of the Rule presented to the brothers in 1837. This sign was intended to show the communion of the whole journey of holiness made by the Institute from its origins up to our time. Thousands of Marist brothers have lived their religious and apostolic lives under the guidance of this Rule of life which has been adapted to the requirements of the times.

Together with the copy of the Constitutions, Brother Emili presented each brother with a holy card representing Mary at Pentecost surrounded by many persons. This icon shows Mary occupying the central place in the Cenacle, among the apostles, placing in relief her central role in the origin and animation of the Church. In this way, Brother Emili wanted to insist on one of his favourite themes: that the brothers take Mary as reference point in their attitudes with respect to the Church, in order to build a Church like the one founded by Mary on her faith and surrender to the Lord.

The new edition presented to the brothers brings together the various changes made at different times by the last three General Chapters (1993, 2001and 2009).  It also presents them in a unified way to the whole Institute, in format, graphic lay out, harmonisation of the translations and numbering of each of the articles or respective Statutes.

The pages containing the normative proper law of the Institute are complemented by the Spiritual Testament of Marcellin Champagnat, in accord with the practice since the 1844 edition, followed by an extensive analytical index to facilitate the finding of themes in the text.

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