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Sub-commission of Brothers for America

12/09/2012: Peru

The Sub-commission of Brothers for America, part of the organizational model of the Conferencia Interamericana de Provinciales (CIAP), met in Lima, Peru from August 6th to 10th. The group is composed of Brothers Carlos Vélez Cacho (Province of América Central), Carlos Saúl Corzo (Province of Norandina), Oscar Montenegro (Province of Santa María de los Andes), Raúl Schönfeld (Province of Cruz del Sur), James Pinheiro dos Santos (Province of Brasil Centro Norte), Antônio Quintiliano (Province of Brasil Centro Sul) and Gerard Bachand (Canada). Brother César Rojas Carvajal, Director of the Institute’s Secretariat of Brothers Today, facilitated the meeting.

First of all we would like to express our gratitude for the confidence that has been placed in each one of us. We see a big challenge in this mission that has been entrusted to us, a mission filled with hope and expectation as we endeavor to respond to the challenges that the world is sending those of us who are living the consecrated life today.  

Before becoming a group or team with a job to do, we want to be a community of brothers that looks to the future with hope and fraternal unity. We have begun to draft our strategic plan, which will serve as our compass along the path we have undertaken, helping us find those focal points of Marist Life in America, like signposts enabling us to mine treasures from the past. It’s been a wonderful experience to see and confirm the testimony and fidelity of the many brothers who are making it possible for our Marist charism to become incarnate in our everyday lives.

Having reflected and in turn prayed, we believe that as we set out on the Marist road in America, the specific task of the Brothers’ Sub-commission is to examine and propose themes and activities that will energize vocation ministry and initial and ongoing formation, as well as promote new ways to be brothers today.

We greatly appreciate and are counting on the enthusiasm of all the brothers in this part of the world and on the tremendous riches of the brothers and students in our houses of formation.

With deep gratitude we joyfully welcome the words that Brother Emili Turú has addressed to us, reminding us that: “With Mary, who ‘sets out in haste,’ we feel called to live lives of service and to bring Jesus to others… Just like the Apostles at Pentecost, we build community around Mary. Our religious and lay communities are places where we develop our human and spiritual qualities, and they evangelize by witnessing to fraternal love. Faithful to our family spirit, as brothers and sisters we welcome every person unconditionally. From Mary, our Good Mother, we learn to practice tenderness and compassion.”

With gratitude, appreciation and readiness to serve,
Sub-commission of Brothers for America

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