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In search of a future for Marist Europe

 

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Extended General Council of Marist Europe (4/5)

22/03/2011: France - Photo gallery

The prayer opening the third day had as theme: « You are salt and light ». Salt taken directly on the lips to experience what the Marist charism should imply for the continent. And to speak with the Lord about it at the moment of defining the options for the future.

The Brothers meeting at the Hermitage were invited to be aware of the feelings they had faced with the task of dreaming of the future of the Marist work on their native continent, and to share them with one or two of their neighbours. In the general sharing, there was mention of feeling a certain resistance and dismay at setting out towards an uncertain  horizon; the present moment was seen as a matter of chance; there was the desire to continue nourishing the life already there; but the fear was also expressed of taking decisions which were not sufficiently considered and which would have consequences. The assembly felt the urgency of not letting the train pass by. ‘If you do something, it is possible that you may be mistaken, but if you do nothing you will certainly be mistaken.’ The risk may come from putting into practice only two of the three invitations of the Chapter: move, change place, but without personal conversion.

After this introduction, the participants were set to imagining future courses or options. Once the sharing was over, the possible choices were given to a small group to summarise. The morning’s work concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist before dinner.

The afternoon began with Marial prayer, with the future of Marist Europe entrusted into Mary’s hands. She goes ahead of us and with her « we feel impelled by God to set out for a new land which facilitates the birth of a new age for the Marist charism. »

Then a sheet was distributed with the summary of future options coming from the tables. The material was ordered in five subject groups: 1. The networks of Marist communities in Europe. 2. Joint formation. 3. Ministry with children and youth. 4. The Marist European Conference and its dynamisation. 5. Marist life and the marginalised. Each of these blocks was given a numeric value by the participants. During the break, the information gathered was examined and the results passed on to the Provincial Councils. These results will help direct the subsequent work of the Councils and the Marist European Conference.

Br. Maurice Berquet, Provincial of the Hermitage and president of the Marist European Conference, presented five graphic proposals of a logo which will identify the institutional image of Marist Europe so a choice might be made.

The Councils then met to reflect on the options for the future worked out during the day and to give their opinion on the logo project.

Evening fell on the Hermitage. Low clouds hid all but a few timid rays of the setting sun. The seeds of the future Marist Europe are in train of germinating in the hearts of the Brothers. They are encouraged by the boldness and steadfastness of  Champagnat who, in this very place, took a long, hard look at all the dioceses of the world.

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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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Alain Delorme
Translator
Antonio Aragón
Translator
Jack González
Translator
Salomon Neville
Translator
Antonio Estaún
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