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Extended General Council of Marist Europe (3/5)

21/03/2011: France - Photo gallery

The second day’s work began with a personal reading of the « Letter of the XXI General  Chapter». In little groups of three or four, the participants considered the wealth of  intuitions and propositions contained in the document on the subject of the Marist presence in Europe. This document touches on « numerous dimensions » and is a help to confronting « the personal and group conscience, as also the way in which we are perceived by society and the Church. »

Marist Europe has to face up today to the « progressive ageing of the Brothers, the decline of vocations and a much reduced presence of the Brothers in the schools and works. »

Br. Joe Mc Kee, in his initial address, situated the Marist presence in Europe within a framework of structures of animation and government which have appeared in our days: Provincials’ Conferences, Mission Assembly, European Marist Conference, vocations meetings, etc. In a rapid survey he outlined the road that the five Provinces have travelled together. He finished with the question: « So there we are. Where do we have to go? »

To help centre the reflection and exchange, Br. Joe cited some successful initiatives from other regions of the Institute: Arco Norte, Brasil, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Br. Vicar General concluded by emphasizing that « energy, vitality and viability will come to Europe if we journey together. »

Two words captured the attention of the participants during his stimulating address: death and life. The « ars moriendi » is the way of facing up to the normal process of things which of themselves move to their end and die. Life has an end. To provide accompaniment in this phase to help bring something to closure in a healthy way is an art in itself. On the other hand, unheard of possibilities open up thanks to the perspectives provided by faith: to face up to the future with « audacity and hope » and not to focus too much on the burden of  structures but on living presences.

After this exposition of the situation of Marist Europe, the Brothers spent a long time  considering in concrete terms the « newness of the land » which the General Chapter requests. In this time of sharing on the « new land to which we are summoned to set ourselves on the move collectively in Europe », the Brothers exchanged many intuitions about the road that Marist future in Europe should take.

From the secretaries at each of the tables came expressions such as: Brothers, this is the  moment of Europe! 10 years ago, what is now in our hands, was not possible. The leaders are the first who have to be convinced. Are we concerned that the Marist charism does not die out in Europe?

Some tables insisted on the need for « providing us with the collective instruments for advancing, creating and dreaming together. We have to make together a credible reading of the situation in Europe. Not knowing where we are going places us in an attitude of humility. We must be present and visible among European youth. Is a common European youth ministry project possible? Can one think of a common and new project of a community of Brothers for youth, at the international level, where lay people are also present? The defence of childrens’ rights is one road to explore.

One of the tables made a synthesis of the attitudes the Brothers can adopt in facing the future of consecrated life in Europe: « Those who have decided to die. Those who do not want to die, even if they cannot see the future. And those who choose to look for new ways for the life. »

Afterwards, the Brothers went to Marlhes to celebrate Mass in the chapel of Le Rosey and share supper with the Brothers of the nearest communities.

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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


Participants
 
General Council
Marist Marist Marist Marist
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
Marist Marist Marist Marist  
Maurice
Berquet
Miquel
Cubeles
Pere
Ferré
Xavi
Giné
 
         
Ibérica
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Ambrosio
Alonso Díez
Alberto
Oribe
Alfonso
Fernández García
Carlos
Martín
Ernesto
Tendero
Marist Marist Marist    
Moisés
Alonso
José
Abel Muñoz
Samuel
Holguín
   
         
Mediterránea
Marist Marist Marist Marist Marist
Antonio Gimé-
nez de Bagüés
Aureliano
García
Damiano
Forlani
Fernando
Alés
Juan Carlos
Fuertes
Marist Marist      
Juan Ignacio
Poyatos
Onorino
Rota
     
         
West-Central Europe
Marist Marist Marist    
Brendan
Geary
Maurice
Taildeman
Robert
Thunus
   
         
         
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Antonio Aragón
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Jack González
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Salomon Neville
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Antonio Estaún
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