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First meeting of the International Commission for the Secretariat Brothers Today

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The first meeting of the International Commission for the Secretariat Brothers Today met at the Generalate in Rome from July 4th – 10th. The 10 brothers serving on the commission are Bro. Hipolito Perez (Central America), Bro. James Pinheiro Dos Santos (Brazil), Bro. Juan Carlos Fuertes (Spain), Bro. Albert Nzabonaliba (Rwanda), Bro. Norbert Mwila (Zambia), Bro. Saul Placious (India), Bro. Peter Rodney (Australia), Bro. Jean Marie Batick (Melanesia), Bro. Tony Leon (Australia) and Bro. Dan O’Riordan (USA).  The Commission is led by Bro. Cesar Augusto Rojas (Columbia), Director of the Secretariat. General Councilors Ernesto Sanchez, Eugene Kabanguka and Josep M. Soteras also were active participants in the meeting.           

The meeting accomplished its initial stated objectives, which were:

* Firstly, for all participants to become aware and enjoy fraternity and the richness of our being brothers. In a short period of time, this richly diverse group of brothers enjoyed a fantastic International communal experience with animated prayers and liturgies, honest and meaningful sharing at meetings and the opportunity to join together for a pilgrimage day to Assisi.

* Secondly, through their collective and shared experiences they were able to identify current realities in the Institute in regards to the present situation of Vocations Ministry and Initial Formation.

* Thirdly, they had the opportunity for exchange and reflection with the General Council on these topics.

* Lastly, the Commission presented some convictions in regards to Vocation Ministry and Initial Formation to the Secretariat as well as some proposed concrete courses of action to the Secretariat.

During the concluding session of the Commission, Bro. Emili Turú, Superior General, offered his thanks to the Commission for their work as well some encouraging words for the journey ahead.

In January 2014, Br. Tony Leon will join Br. Cesar Augusto Rojas as a full time member of the Secretariat for Brothers Today. The International Commission will next meet in May 2014.

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