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A formation centre in Pakistan for aspirants and postulants

02/11/2005: Pakistan

With the help of contributions from donors throughout the whole world a centre of formation has been set up in Pakistan for candidates for Marist religious life.
Pakistan is a predominately Muslim country (97%) with laws that discriminate against religious minorities. Christians make up 2% of the population.
In an environment where being a Catholic Christian is enough to keep one from getting an education, the Marist Brothers are attracting young men, ages 22 and older, who want to be religious brothers in a community whose mission is educating children and young people, especially those most neglected. This new formation centre will provide a more appropriate atmosphere to nurture Pakistani vocations and assist them in building their spiritual knowledge and academic skills before entering the next phases of formation.

The brothers in Sri Lanka and Pakistan see this formation centre as an essential component in the sector’s ability to prepare young Pakistani men, many of whom need additional time for study before entering the more demanding postulancy phase of the formation program and later the novitiate in Sri Lanka. A formation centre in Pakistan for aspirants and postulants has the added advantage of forming young men within their culture and impresses upon them the need keep the vision of Saint Marcellin alive for Pakistan. According to the brothers, Pakistani Marist Brothers are essential for the future of the Marist mission in Pakistan.

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