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General Conference – Moday, 9 September

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General Conference 2013

From the time of morning prayer, the assembly was directed by Brs Michael De Waas and  Xavier Barceló, superior of the Hermitage community. The focus was on practical questions to assist the successful progress of the Conference. After the recess, those who wished to do so, had an excellent guided tour, in language groups, of the House of the Hermitage, with explanations from one of the members of the community. It was an experience of the presence of Marcellin and the first brothers in this house.

The afternoon began with Marial prayer and then Br Emili Turú spoke about the significance of the General Conference, starting from our Constitutions. He recalled the main calls of the General Chapter and the reasons behind these calls. During these three weeks, in the house of  Mary, all are called to live co-responsibility towards the Institute: based on its internacionality, in an attitude of discernment, recognize fears and resistences, but also sources of energy, in order to construct together possible scenarios for the future. He also outlined the distribution of the three weeks according to the three 3 icons: the first week the icon of the Hermitage, building community; the second the icon of La Valla, our origins and how Marcellin gave a concrete response to the call he felt, inviting us to do the same today; the third week the icon of Fourvière: towards “new lands” and what that involves.

Then Br Joe Mc Kee, Vicar General, spelt out the first week more clearly: to situate ourselves before the Institute, before our own Province or District, but also before the world, the youth of today, in order to respond like Marcellin, seeing the signs of the dawn.

In order for each one to situate himself at the beginning of the General Conference, Br Joe asked three challenging questions: how do I find myself now, my feelings at this moment, and if I have brought “excess” baggage. There followed time for personal reflection, sharing in pairs, in groups and lastly with all.

The day concluded with the Eucharist… where each participant took a part of the “jigsaw puzzle” of Saint Marcellin, symbolizing being “Champagnat” today and part of a dream we can realize only together.

General Conference 2013

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