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08/03/2012: General House

The Province of “Brasil Centro-Sul” has a new Provincial since December 2011. Br Joaquim Sperandio took office during the Chapter held in Curitiba. Br Ben Consigli has just been confirmed by his confreres for a new term as Provincial of the United States, which will begin on the occasion of the Chapter to be held in June.

 

Brother Joaquim Sperandio

JoaquimBr Joaquim Sperandio was born on 7 March 1949 in the State of  Santa Catarina in the city of  Rio do Sul, SC.

He became a Marist junior in 1961. His formation as  junior/postulant, novice and scholastic, took place respectively in the houses of: São Bento do Sul, SC; Passo Fundo, RS, and Santa Maria, RS. He made first profession in 1968 and perpetual profession in 1973.

In addition to a degree in Physical Education obtained in Joinville, SC, he has a degree in Methodology of Teaching from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

Br Joaquim has always been distinguished for happiness and joviality, which have certainly helped him as a formator and co-ordinator of vocations ministry. He inherits from his family the religious spirit, tenacity in work and a healthy optimism. As a lover of sports, he did studies in this area. To further these interests, the Province gave him the opportunity to study in Rome, a wise decision confirmed by his subsequent responsibilities.

Up to 1976 he taught in various Marist colleges in the then Province of Santa Catarina. From 1976 to 2008 he carried out the work of formator in various houses and levels. At various times he was the vocations co-ordinator of the Province. For 12 years he acted as provincial councillor. In 2009 he was elected vice-provincial and took charge of co-ordinating the Province’s Consecrated Life and Laity Sector. On 3 December 2011, he assumed the charge of Provincial Superior, replacing Br Davide Pedri for a first term.

 

Brother Ben Consigli

BenBorn on November 25, 1962, in Elmhurst, New York, USA, Ben graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, a Marist Brothers’ secondary school, in Queens, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Humanities from Queens College of the City University of New York, a Master of Arts degree in History from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Saint John’s University in New York. During his twenty five years as a Marist Brother, Ben has served as a secondary school teacher and administrator in various Marist schools in New York, New Jersey and Texas.
Ben has served as a Provincial Councilor for the former Esopus Province from 1998-2001, and for the American Province from 2003 to 2009.  He has also served as a member of the Province Finance Team from 2001-2009. With the restructuring of the two American Provinces in 2003, Ben was elected as an Assistant Provincial whose areas of responsibility focused on the Province’s school ministries and school board formation. In 2005, Ben was appointed as Director of Marist Education, a position he held until he was elected as the second Provincial of the Province of the United States.  A 2009 delegate to the XXI General Chapter, Ben began his first mandate as Provincial in 2009. 

During these past three years, Ben and his Council focused on responding to the Calls of the 21st General Chapter, in particular to the areas of

a.      Attracting new Marists (both lay and consecrated members);
b.     Calling the Province to a new “ministry of presence” among poor children and young people; and
c.      Renewing community life.

To meet these calls, the Province has increased its evangelization efforts in the areas of adult formation for its lay colleagues and Brothers through the Sharing Our Call programs and the Marist Leadership Institute, and a concerted outreach to its Marist youth and young adults. The Province’s on-line young adult communities have taken root, and its Marist Young Adult blog has engaged many young people who wish to live their lives as Marists. 

The Provincial Council also began a strategic planning process for the property in Esopus, New York.  This “Plan for Esopus” hopes to make this valuable province resource a place where “a Marist approach to ministry, formation, and service work together to evangelize young people and adults”. The property houses the Novitiate, a youth-centered Retreat House, a summer camp for special needs children, and the Province’s youth and adult evangelization and formation programs.

The Province has also appointed two Vocation Directors to work with two different age cohorts---secondary school/university age students as well as post university young adults. The aim of this effort is to respond to Marcellin’s call: “We need Brothers!”  The Province website is also aimed at “attracting new Marists.”

In its efforts to renew community life, the Province has created “intentional/hospitality” communities in New York, Florida, and Texas with the hope of “widening the tent” of Marist community.  A new insertion community in the poor area of the Bronx, NY, is planned for September 2012.  To help enrich community life, the Province’s on-going formation team has created workshops to support local community leadership.  Topics of these workshops have included animating prayer, facilitating community meetings, and healthy aging.

Ben begins his second mandate at the beginning of the Province’s fourth Provincial Chapter which is to be held from 21-24 June 2012.

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