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III General Assembly of the Champagnat Movement

21/11/2012: Brazil

« A path which discloses the future » : such was the motto of the III General Assembly of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family of the Province of « Brasil Centro-Norte », held in  Brazlândia/DF, from 2 to 4 November. Organised every three years, the Assembly is formed by the representatives of the fraternities of the Province, the provincial co-ordination team and the brother adviser. On this occasion, il there were 30 representatives from the 35 fraternities of the Province.

The Assembly is a special time for exercising lay responsibility, since it is the representatives of the fraternities who evaluate their progress over the past three years, define the objectives and priorities for the future of the Movement in the Province and choose the new co-ordination team and the substitutes.

During the Assembly,  proposals of modification were presented and voted on for the Plan of Formation of the Internal Regime of the CMMF, created  six years ago in view of  structuring the  Movement in the Province, thus filling in several gaps in the Life Project of the Champagnat Movement.

The Assembly was enriched by messages of support for the participants, sent by Brothers Antonio Ramalho, Javier Espinosa and Claudino Falchetto. Br James Pinheiro and Eder D’Artagnan spoke about the sections they co-ordinate – animation of vocations and Marist laity, respectively. Other Brothers were present at different times : José de Assis, Luís André, Paulo Martins, Romero Ferreira, José Augusto, José Machado and Wagner Cruz. Important to mention also the significant presence and support of Br Wellington Medeiros, Provincial.

The Assembly finished with some moving moments : the election of the new co-ordination team for the period 2013-2015, composed of Geraldo Siqueira (co-ordinator), Gonçalo Flamarion (adviser for formation and communication) and Raphael Gobbo (adviser for the secretariat and finances), and the taking of possession of the new provincial adviser for the CMMF, Br Adalberto Amaral, in the presence of Br Wellington Medeiros. The Assembly then paid homage to Br Salatiel Amaral for his 22 years of devotion and service to the Champagnat Movement as provincial adviser.

The event was a historic moment for the Movement in our Province, for those taking part had the  possibility of meeting to evaluate the path traversed and look towards the coming years ‘around the same table’. It was a rich moment lived by those primarily concerned, the lay people of the Movement, together with the Brothers, for the construction of a ‘path which discloses the future’.

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Co-ordination Team of the CMMF

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