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Meeting with representatives of the Press

04/09/2005: Sri Lanka

At a press conference held at the Provincial House of the Marist Brothers in Negombo, Brother Luis Sobrado, the Vicar General of the Religious Congregation of the Marist Brothers, briefed the journalists about the Conference. Five of the earlier conferences of the congregation have been held in Rome and one in Brazil. Asked why the venue for the VII General Conference is Sri Lanka, Brother Luis said, that 51,500 Marist Brothers and lay collaborators work in 77 countries, serving 497,300 children and young people in the field of education. It is only 7% of those human resources who work in Asia. When two-thirds of young people live in Asia, it is only fair that the Marist Brothers should focus their attention on young people here, as young people have a right to an holistic education. While dwelling on the matters related to the leadership in the congregation, the conference will attempt to explore the possibilities of assisting Asia in its work of education with young people.

The conference will be held in Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo from the 5th to the 30th September. The participants will include Brother Seán Sammon, the Superior General, his Council based in Rome and Brothers Provincial coming from forty-four countries. All together there will be fifty-nine persons participating in the conference using the four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Another press conference is scheduled during this international assembly with Brother Superior General.

Brother Michael De Waas, the Provincial of the Province of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and Brother Joseph Peiris, the coordinator of the Press conference, also participated in the meeting.

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