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With the pilgrim Mary we accompany Marist life in America



II InterAmerican Conference of Provincials (CIAP)

22/09/2011: Argentina - Photo gallery

The II InterAmerican Conference of Provincials (CIAP) was held from 4 to 9 September in the Villa San José of the city of Luján, (Argentina), 60 km from Buenos Aires. The Villa San José and the Marist College are a short distance from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Luján.

The programme was based on the following objectives: To give close study to the challenges of animation in harmony with the calls of theXXI General Chapter; to grow  in communion of life and projects among theadministrative units of America; to shed light on and evaluate their proper mission of animation. And, finally, to celebrate two years from the beginning of the21st General Chapter (8 September 2009).

The meeting began with the sharing of experiences of animation inspired by the words of Br Emili Turú, Superior General. He began his talk by affirming that “this is a time to support one another and to talk about matters we do not have opportunity to discuss in daily life” in order to “help one another understand better the time we are living through in religious life”. He recalled that “the Chapter challenged us to go to new lands. And to go as emigrants. To journey into the unknown”, since, “nothing great, nothing new and creative can be given birth by those who are incapable of living here below as exiles”. This is an opportunity to “refine the sensibility so as to capture the germs of life which emerge from the collective, from the whole of Marist life”. He concluded his address by declaring: “Tomorrow, the future, will hold your eyes”, recording the title of a book.

The 5th was devoted to considering the challenges posed for religious life in the region and the evangelization of children and young people. Fr José María Arnáiz, Marianist, anthropologist and theologian, helped the participants “to discover the signs of life that the Spirit is causing to emerge in Marist life today”.

On the following days, the work of the meeting took a different turn in being directed towards the co-ordination of the region with the programming the General Council has realized through theSecretariats of Brothers today, Laity, and Mission. Advances are to be made in extending to the Arco Norte region the preparation for perpetual profession experience carried out this year between the regions of Cono Sur and Brasil,  beginning a close study of the feasibility of having regional houses of formation, especially for the scholasticate, continuing with the Spirituality Network and the Cepam courses, organizing a Vocations Ministry meeting at the American level, supporting the  Seminar on the identity of the religious brother to take place in Manaos, from 22 to 24 March  2012 and taking part in it. There will be follow up to the second Meeting of Formation of Directors and the creation of the Management subcommittee. CIAP also approved the InterAmerican Solidarity Document as a reference document for the administrative units of America.

Brother Josep Maria Soteras then exposed some lines of animation of the General Council. In concrete terms, the presence of the liaison Councillors in the Provinces and the next meeting of the Enlarged General Council.

CIAP II approved 12 proposals of action for the coming years.  The main ones are the following: the CIAP meeting every four years and the creation of a permanent CIAP Council, composed of three brothers. The co-ordinators of each Region are members of the Council and decide who is the annual co-ordinator of the Council and CIAP.


They finished by publishing this short message:


Heirs of Saint Marcellin,

Marist brothers and laity of America,

Transformed in the experience of God,

Sensible to the needs of our peoples and

strengthened in fraternal communion,
together for a better education for more poor children and young people:

·         in being close to them,

·         in leading them to Jesus Christ,

·         by ways ofsolidarity,

·         by promoting and defending their rights.

With Mary the pilgrim, in haste!


Before concluding the work, there was a session of open dialogue for the sharing of information on matters of interest.

Those taking part in CIAP II were 11 Provincials: Bernard BEAUDIN (Canada), Ben CONSIGLI (U.S.A.), Hipólito PÉREZ (América Central), Ricardo REYNOSO (México Central), Eduardo NAVARRO DE LA TORRE (México Occidental), Libardo GARZÓN (Norandina), Inácio ETGES (Rio Grande do Sul), Wellington MEDEIROS (Brasil Centro Norte), Davide PEDRI (Brasil Centro Sul), Antonio PERALTA (Santa María de los Andes), and Horacio BUSTOS KESSLER (Cruz del Sur); 2 District Superiors: SebastiãoFERRARINI (Amazonia),  and José María CUSTODI (Paraguay); 3 members of the General Council: Emili TURÚ ROFES, Josep Maria SOTERAS and Eugéne KABANGUKA; and 3 Directors of Secretariats: Javier ESPINOSA (Laity), César ROJAS (Brothers today), and João Carlos DO PRADO (Mission).

The Co-ordinating Team of CIAP was composed of Brothers Antonio Peralta, Mariano Varona, José María Custodi and Horacio Bustos.

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