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Manaus, March 25-27, 2012



First Meeting of Marist Brothers in Panamazonia

27/04/2012: Brazil

The First Meeting of Marist Brothers in the Amazon took place from March 25 to 27th in Manaus, Brazil. The following took part in the event: Brothers Javier Espinosa (Secretary of the Laity, Rome), Damian Raul Provens (Cruz del Sur), Carlos Saul Corzo (Norandina), Reinaldo Becerra, Isidro Azpleta, Fernando Pino, Juan Manuel Garcia and Hugo Bernola (Santa Maria de los Andes), Alejandro Gonzalez (Mexico Occidental), Jose Sanchez (Mexico Central), Antonio Quintiliano, Valdicer Civa Fachi (Umbrasil), Alvanei Finamor (Brasil Centro-Sur), Vinicius Tenedini, Romidio Siveris (Brasil Rio Grande do Sur), Adalberto Batista Amaral (Brasil Centro-Norte), Leido Jesus Matias, Demetrio Herman, Sadi Cella, Luiz Gerhardt, Joao Gutemberg Sampaio, Sebastiao A. Ferrarini, Valdir Raymundo Gobatto (Brasil D.M. Amazonia) and Sister Izabel Galvao (Marist Sister, Brasil-Ji-Parama).

This meeting had as its theme: “Marists in the Amazon: “Inculturated Mission in Favor of Life”, and its statedobjective was to share the life and common Marist mission throughout the greater  river basin of the Amazon, seeking ways of integration and mutual support.

The meeting began as a day with Nature. We had the opportunity and privilege of navigating through the Amazon toward the meeting of the waters (the union of the Rio Negro – Black River and Rio Salomon – Salomon River) contemplating how nature is so extraordinarily generous with water, vegetation, air and rain.

The first day of work and reflection was centered entirely on information and the search for data that would help us fulfill our objective.

The second day of work centered on prayer, reflection, and discernment and sharing of the calls we felt for our Marist mission in the Amazon Region.


  • We dreamed of communities that learned to live with the eco-system, being prophets of the ecology.
  • We dreamed about restructured, international, inter-provincial, inter-congregational and intercultural communities.
  • We dreamed of Brothers who love each other and love Jesus Christ, the poor and nature.
  • We dreamed of strengthening the Marist communities that are already in the Amazon.
  • We dreamed of the defense of life, the defense of the rights of children, as a Marist Educational Projects.
  • We dreamed of a group of Marists formed and committed to issues of the Amazon.


  • We propose that in the next five years (2017 Marist Bicentennial) an inter-provincial or inter-congregational project may be created in the frontier regions of the Amazon, or even better, to transform a community in the Region into an inter-provincial or inter-congregational one.
  • We propose to intensify our vocation work in the Region in order to awaken more Marist Brother and Marist Lay vocations.
  • We propose the promotion of an intercultural community in harmony with the environment that would promote the culture and life of the indigenous people.
  • We propose to take advantage of our Marist education in order to teach the care for life and for nature.
  • We propose that Umbrasil be able to create a political advocacy movement to protect the interests of the most abandoned in the Amazon region.
  • We propose that the Amazon region be incorporated in the missionary project “ad gentes”of the Congregation.

The evaluation of the meeting was very satisfactory, as much for its simplicity, fraternity, reflection as for the dreams for the future of Marist life in the Amazon Region. We beg that God and our Good Mother bless our good desires and give fruit to our desires to be faithful Marists.

Manaus, March 27, 2012

Brother Isidro Azpleta, Chile

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