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9th Annual General Meeting of UMBRASIL

13/04/2013: Brazil

The Marist Union of Brazil (UMBRASIL) held its 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 14 and 15, 2013, at the Israel Pinheiro Convention Center in Brasilia. It was attended by 30 representatives from the Provinces of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil Centro-Sul, Brasil Centro-Norte, and the District of Amazonia.

The President of the Superior Council of UMBRASIL was elected during the meeting, as well as the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee. The Activity Report and the Consolidated Balance Sheet of 2012 were presented, in addition to the proposed Plan of Activities for 2013.

Brother Valdícer Civa Fachi, Executive Secretary of UMBRASIL, presented a proposal to develop a new strategic plan for UMBRASIL and the Marists in Brazil, which will be drawn up collectively with the participation of the Provinces and the District, through their representatives in different organisms of UMBRASIL, assisted by an external consulting firm.

A number of activities were also discussed, such as the following: International Marist Youth Gathering (IMYG 2013/CHANGE); World Youth Day; ExpoCatolica 2013; Vocational Fair; Teaching Materials Project; Futurum Website; 2nd Marist International Mission Assembly; 1st Marist Institutional Representation Gathering; 1st Inter-American Forum of the Mission Committee and Subcommittees; 5th Marist Mission and Management Meeting; International FMSI/BICE Seminar; Meeting of the Consecrated Life and Laity Committees; and 1st Marist Fundraising Meeting.

Before the Assembly, the Provincial Councils gathered for a day of sharing and formation around the theme of “We are many members, yet one body” (1 Cor 12:12), with the aim of making the mission and functioning of UMBRASIL known to its associates, in view of promoting unity among Marists in Brazil and of ensuring the flow of information, participation and shared decision-making.

Brother João do Prado, representing the General Council, spoke via Skype about “The bicentennial of the Institute: from Champagnat to the new perspectives for the Marist mission”. Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, Secretary General of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, held a speech entitled “Called to Live in Unity”, which included biblical, ecclesiastical, social and religious life dimensions.

The Provincial Councils also had the opportunity to know the history of the collaboration between Marist Provinces in Brazil, and went through an induction process to become acquainted with the mission, vision, organizational model, and ruling documents of the UMBRASIL. Throughout the meeting, each Province and District had the opportunity to present, although briefly, its organizational model and priorities.


Constitution of the superior administrative bodies of UMBRASIL

High Council

Bro. Joaquim Sperandio – President
Bro. Antônio Benedito de Oliveira
Bro. Ataíde José de Lima
Bro. Claudiano Tiecher
Bro. Deivis Alexandre Fischer
Bro. Délcio Afonso Balestrin
Bro. Inácio Nestor Etges
Bro. João Gutemberg
Bro. José Wagner Rodrigues da Cruz
Bro. Wellington Mousinho de Medeiros

Board of Directors

Diretor‐Presidente: Bro. José Wagner Rodrigues da Cruz
Diretor‐Secretário: Bro. Claudiano Tiecher
Diretor‐Tesoureiro: Bro. Délcio Afonso Balestrin

Audit Committee


Bro. Humberto Gondim
Bro. Jorge Gaio
Bro. Lauro Francisco Hochscheidt

Alternate Councilors

Bro. José Nilton Dourado da Silva
Bro. Lino Afonso Jungbluth
Bro. Miro Leopoldo Reckziegel

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