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Extended General Council of Marist Europe (2)

18/03/2011: France - Photo gallery

The meeting began with the methodologies referred to previously on 13 March 2011, after breakfast. Br. Emilì Turu, Superior General, welcomed everyone and explained the reasons for the absence of Brs, Michael Schmalzl, Víctor Preciado, Councillor General, owing to urgent surgery in Rome, and P.J. McGowan, who had left to attend the funeral of his recently deceased mother.

The Superior General indicated that the meeting was an initiative of the previous General Council which had been assumed by the General Chapter. In the documents emerging from the chapter hall, mention was twice made of the Extended General Council as a « means by which the General Council in plenary meets the Councils of a Region to accompany and animate the leadership of the Provinces… to learn about the actual situation of the Region and to exercise co-responsibility in the animation and government of the Institute. »

Br. Emili insisted on the fact that it was necessary to try to attain the objectives as an exercise of discernment, that is to say that « between two goods, one should choose the better » by « the attentive listening » to what God is saying to us through the brother. He recalled that the « Letter from Europe » which the Region had sent to the Chapter was rich in content and merited further study. He also indicated that it would be good to open up the assembly and listen to other voices which had something to say.

Gathered around the tables, the Brothers shared what was going on at present in each Province and indicated three hopes for the years ahead.

The work finished, the Brothers proceeded to the dining room, where they were joined by the Brothers of the communities of La Valla and Fonsala.

After the Marial prayer which marked the beginning of the afternoon’s work, the hopes arrived at by the groups in the morning were shared in common: « to dream together », to better know Marist Europe, define clearly the Marist mission for Europe, consolidate the lay movement, come close to European young people with their perspectives on them, assure the follow-up to the conclusions emanating from the meeting, etc.

Another notable moment of sharing at the tables consisted in a reflection on the following question: What do the Provinces consecrate their best efforts on? The conclusions showed that the Provinces put their best efforts into making up the communities, the formation of the laity, accompaniment of sick and aged Brothers, the leadership of the animation of the Regions at the centre of a same Province, in attending to processes already underway, the improvement of the Province and care of persons, etc.

At the end of this, Br. Emili Turú took a moment to inspire the afternoon reflection on hope. Starting with a text of Tonino Bello where Mary is asked to « walk beside us in an age of transition », he invited the Brothers not to fall into the extremes of nostalgia or despair. To prove oneself a man of hope, this must be translated into « a work for a future that no one would know how to guarantee us ». Brother Emilì affirmed that a new Church is possible. « We, Marists of Europe, we can contribute to the birth of a new Church. » The Superior General underlined the numerous times when the XXI General Chapter spoke about newness: new age, new land, new way of being… The basic invitation was a call to ‘being prophets’: « We are born for being prophetic, for being on the frontiers… Can we do this by ourselves? » he asked, by way of conclusion. Then he invited all present to spend a long time in personal reflection here at the Hermitage, where the Institute was born, in order to seek the response God is asking from us today.

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Read more:

  1. March 12th: Those responsible for Marist Europe give the region a push
  2. March 13th: Prophets of hope
  3. March 14th: Marist Europe today - Realities and challenges
  4. March 15th: In search of a future for Marist Europe
  5. March 16th: Closure of the Meeting of the Extended General Council around the reliquary of Champagnat

 

Photos: L'hermitage 1 | L'Hermitage 2 | March 13th | March 14th | March 15th | Group


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General Council
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Antonio
Ramalho
Emili
Turú
Ernesto
Sánchez Barba
Eugène
Kabanguka
John Klein
Marist Marist Marist    
Josep María
Soteras
Joe
Mc Kee
Michael
De Waas
   
         
Compostela
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Antonio
Leal
Eduardo
Montenegro
Máximo
Blanco
Nicolás
García
Oscar
Martín Vicario
Marist Marist      
Raúl
Figuera
Tomás
Briongos
     
         
L'Hermitage
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
André
Deculty
Gabriel
Villa-Real
Jean Pierre
Destombes
Jean
Ronzon
Jaume
Parés
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Maurice
Berquet
Miquel
Cubeles
Pere
Ferré
Xavi
Giné
 
         
Ibérica
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Ambrosio
Alonso Díez
Alberto
Oribe
Alfonso
Fernández García
Carlos
Martín
Ernesto
Tendero
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Moisés
Alonso
José
Abel Muñoz
Samuel
Holguín
   
         
Mediterránea
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Antonio Gimé-
nez de Bagüés
Aureliano
García
Damiano
Forlani
Fernando
Alés
Juan Carlos
Fuertes
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Juan Ignacio
Poyatos
Onorino
Rota
     
         
West-Central Europe
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Brendan
Geary
Maurice
Taildeman
Robert
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