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Provincial Meeting of Community Animators

22/02/2012: Guatemala - Photo gallery

Under extremely good weather conditions and in the midst of splendid vegetation, the meeting of local superiors or community animators took place in the city of Guatemal from   10 to 12 February. Representatives of all 21 communities were present, except for that of   Cienfuegos, Cuba, which is taking part in the course at the Escorial.

The work sessions were presided over by Br Hipólito Pérez, Provincial of « América Central ». Both the methodology and the timetable were excellent. The day began at 6.30 with the Eucharist, sometimes in the house and sometimes in the neighbouring parish of   Mary Auxiliatrix. Prayer brought us together as well three times a day: morning, midday and evening. Everything prepared, nothing left to the improvisation of the moment. After supper, we had time for fraternal exchanges, card games and the projection of excellent films.

Work sessions occupied about five hours a day. We began with the presentation of each community’s situation, expressed anonymously on four pieces of round paper, in different colours. There were placed in succession the strong points, weak points, opportunities and   aspects to be strengthened. Then there was a reflection on an article by Jean Vanier, centred on animation; this was an exercise of looking at oneself: strong points, weak points, dominant sentiments in what concerns the animator’s mission at the present time. Our attention was also brought to another article by Antonio Guerrero, « Interior Restructuring »: how to situate oneself and act in this world of ours. But the text that interested us most was an article of Enrique Martínez Lozano on « Religious change as a chance for spiritual awakening ». This topic raised many questions without easy answers.

Reflection on the second to last day focused on our community life, placing a special accent on the practice of the « little virtues » according to Fr Champagnat, which are, without a doubt, the pillars of family life in community. It was Br Rodrigo Cuesta who helped us most on this subject. We also approached a triennial plan of formation for community animators. Even if the topic was not exhausted, the most important lines of conduct were laid down. Brothers Darlos Vélez and Daniel Martín explained the general lines of the new model for ministry and vocations ministry.

One interesting moment of the meeting was the little presentation by Br Gilber Barillas, currently in Thailand. He talked about the Brothers who are in the mission « ad gentes » and about the organisation of this experience. He seemed to us full of enthusiasm and optimism. We wish him well in continuing on this course and fulfilling his life by his generous gift in view of the Kingdom.

According to a well established custom with us, the Br Provincial had the last words. He satisfied our wish to have the latest provincial news. He also contributed to making our cases a little heavier with the distribution of materials for the communities…

One last word to express our lively gratitude to the persons who contributed to making our stay an agreeable and full one.

Br Felipe Vegas

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