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Seminar on the identity and mission of the religious brother

09/10/2012: Italy

The first inter-congregational programme of religious brothers engaged in the mission of education was held in September at the General House of the De La Salle Brothers. A total of 48 brothers from eight congregations took part.

During the programme, a special day was set aside for each congregation to make a presentation on its founding and current intuitions. On Monday 17 September we celebrated « the Marist day » with Brother Émili Turù as animator and speaker. Our Superior General traced the broad outlines of the spirituality of the religious brother today, emphasizing the experience of God as the point of departure, and so insisting on the spiritual dimension of the brother’s life from his capacity to « see and read God » in the signs of the times. Obviously, a stop was necessary here : community prayer. While many Brothers grasp its importance, more or less, they tend to ease their conscience with a verbal and precipitate recitation of the Daily Office. Our prayer is apostolic and not monastic. It should reflect lived experience and this should be reflected in community prayer.

At the end of the afternoon, a Marist delegation consisting of César (Rome), Ador (Philippines), John (Samoa), Antonio (Brasil), Joachim (Nigeria), Juan Carlos (Spain), Ismar (Colombia), and Bernard (Canada) presented, in the form of a « Talkshow », the history of the Founder and the Institute. Then they spoke of the great challenges of the present and the various experiences becoming more common in fostering shared mission with laity and the search for new approaches in education for the integral formation of young people.

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