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Meetings of age groups

08/06/2005: Argentina

In the Province of Cruz del Sur, reflection meetings and shared prayer sessions are being held for brothers who belong to various age groups. This is part of the Plan for the Revitalisation of Brothers and Communities.
Brothers in the age range above 75 came together in the San José villa in Luján, Argentina, on the 23rd and 24th April. Accompanying them during these days was a Jesuit priest, Father Ignacio Pérez del Viso, who contributed to the topic of Our reality as consecrated people today. Doctor Lilián Díaz spoke about health issues relevant to this stage of life including nutritional needs, physical activity and times for rest. Alicia Lloveras spoke from a psychological viewpoint of having a meaningful life at this age. Later, Brother Demetrio Espinosa, Provincial, gave a report on the Province and the Institute.
The times for personal prayer, recreation and personal sharing were accompanied by the Divine Office, the Holy Rosary and the Eucharist. There were thirty brothers who met to share and enjoy this stage of their Marist life.

There is no doubt that responsibilities continue to be present in the various stages of life in that we continue working for the Kingdom even though we feel fatigue more easily and more keenly.
The brothers in the age range from 65 to 75 met at the Provincial House in Buenos Aires on the 7th and 8th May. Fifteen brothers gathered and followed similar dynamics to that of the meeting of the more elderly brothers. They focussed more on areas of responsibility in ministry in helping roles in administrative tasks and pastoral care.
Once again, Doctor Lilián Díaz and Alicia Lloveras spoke about the medical and psychological topics relevant to this stage of life, emphasising relational needs and an awareness of abilities and limitations. Brother Agustín Martínez gave a report on the Provincial Administration and Brother Demetrio spoke about the present reality of the Province nearly two years since restructuring took place. There was also plenty of time for socialising, praying, reminiscing over meals and the Eucharist.

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