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General Conference – 19 and 20 September

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General Conference 2013

Morning  prayer on 19 September took place in three different places according to language groups. Afterwards, Br Emili presented the participants at the Conference with the work to be done. He reminded them of the 6 areas decided on: the most vulnerable, global availability, international Marist communities, meaningful life, evangelization, and government. For the methodology, each group situated itself according to the 6 areas with their proposals of application and made comments, seeking consensus on each, confirming, rejecting, or noting serious reservations where necessary.

At the end of the day, the secretaries met to draw up a joint report which was presented to the whole conference by Br Luis Carlos Gutiérrez, of the Province of América Central. He indicated the unanimity of consensus on almost all the proposals and the reservations expressed by the groups.

Celebration of the Eucharist began in the old community room of the Hermitage (room of the  frescoes), the place where the brothers met with Fr Champagnat, where Br François was elected as Superior General…

The following day, 20 September, morning  prayer began in the exterior courtyard near the statue of Our Lady of Victories and in contact with the natural surroundings of the House of the Hermitage. In the first session, Br Emili recalled the three levels of the House of La Valla:  interior life, community and mission. There was a time for personal reflection on the report of the previous day, then the brothers met in groups according to the main regions of the world: Africa, America, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the General Administration. They had to respond to the following questions: What will be the implications for me/my Council/my Region? And: How can we support one another?  The afternoon was left for personal reflection.

General Conference 2013

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