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Formation community in Laumanasa

20/05/2013: Solomon Islands

We have closed our formation community in Wewak in 2012. We have moved from Wewak, which used to cater for our first year aspirants and postulants, but now in Laumanasa, Solomon Islands. This means that, this year, we have the two years of initial formation in one house of formation.

The second year started in February and on March 17th the first year’s program began with the orientation week. The second year postulant is attending classes at the NAC and will be having his weekly accompaniment at Laumanasa.

During the first semester, the first years will be having all their classes at Laumanasa on Marist life and Spirituality and their weekly accompaniment. They will also be having some selected courses at the NAC in the second semester. There will be also an opportunity for the young men to have some apostolic Involvement every week and an intensive apostolic experience during the year at different Marist Communities.

We have nine young men with us. One second year postulant and eight aspirants. The aspirancy program will go on for

three months—March, April, and May. The young men who can live up to the Marist Charism will be accepted to postulancy in June.

Three Brothers form the Formation Team. Br Jean Marie is the community leader and formation director in charge of first years. Br Ken Lasin is the assistant formation director and he is in charge of the second year. He is also the community bursar. Br Clement is the Marist Vocation Promoter for the District.

Formation is a very important element in the life of the District and the Marist Institute. Therefore, we are all invited and called to the work of formation for those who are showing an interest in our way of life. Whether in schools, in youth ministries, in communities, we are called to encourage vocation through the witness of our life as a Marist Brother and as a Lay Marist.

Br. Jean Marie

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