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Work session in Curitiba

07/08/2011: General House

The 21st General Chapter asked itself about a practical way of financing the expenses of the General Administration. In response to this question it recommended that the General Council appoint a team of experts in the field to devise a plan for financing the General Administration.

The General Council named the following to the commission: Brothers Roy Deita, Alberto Oribe, Nicholas Banda, Delcio Afonso Balestrin, Victor M. Preciado, and the laymen Juan Martin Cebrian and Rex Cambrey.

This commission had its second work session in the city of Curitiba, Brazil from the 9th to the 12th of May, 2011. Professor Marco Antônio Barbosa Cândido of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná was invited to assess and to accompany the work of the commission during this session. Professor Marco Antônio is also Executive Superintendent of the Parana Association of Culture, which acts as the mantenedora of the University. With his presence, his professional ability and his dedication to the Marist mission he lent strong support and involved a qualified team of people from the Association of Culture: Valdecir Cavalheiro (Finances), Maysa Andreusa Godoy Simoes (Marketing), and Marcos Augusto Hochuli Shmeil (Information Systems).

In the framework of the first recommendation of the 21st General Chapter, the commission was asked to develop a stable plan of financing the General Administration and Solidarity and the strengthening of the structure of the capital of the General Administration.

The objectives presented for this meeting were the following:

·           Culminarthe proposal of the new model of financing of the General Administration.

·           Determining how to transmit the new model to the administrative units.

·           To consider other matters of advice to the General Council.

·           To prepare the program to address the second Chapter recommendation regarding financing the administrative units. This will take place during the month of October in Malawi, Africa.

The work carried out in Curitiba was centered on the conclusions and the evaluation of the first meeting in September 2010; a study of the 2010 financial report and the 2011 General Administration budget; a financial analysis of the 2008-2009-2010 reports from the administrative units; and, finally, a study of the proposal of the new model, prepared previously by Professor Marco A. Barbosa Cândido and Brother Victor.

The financial analyses were developed and presented by Valdecir Cavalheiro, financial manager of the Parana Association of Culture in the Province of Brazil Central-South.  These analyses, individual and global, enriched with commentaries, will be shared with the General Council and with all the administrative units.

The proposal of the model was presented to the General Council in June of 2011. Brother Victor has sent a communiqué to the provincials to initiate the phase of the presentation to the administrative units, organized by the members of the teams in their own regions, during the months from September through December 2011.

The General Council stresses the great importance of this topic, because of the newness of its content in response to the calls of the 21st General Chapter, and especially because it will only be possible to accomplish it and to put it into practice with the responsible participation of all. In the regional sessions it is considered fundamental that the Econome participate as well as part of the governing team of each administrative unit. The preparation of the materials and the dynamics of presentation are directed to facilitate a rapid understanding of the model. At the same time, the opportunity will be offered to gather input that helps enrich the model by the participation of all. The team, once the input has been collected, will again present the proposal to the General Council in January of 2012. After this course of events we expect that the approved proposal can be put into practice in 2013.

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