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Arco Norte and Brasil-Cono Sur will become America’s two Marist regions



Conference of provincials of Americas wants more unity

25/09/2015: Brazil - Photo gallery

A conference of provincials from the entire American continent recently held in Curitiba has proposed to have the Institute categorized in two regions in America, Arco Norte and Brasil-Cono Sur.

According to the final message of the third Inter American Conference of Provincials dated Sept. 19, “the ‘new beginning’ demands a new form of organisation like the decision made by the third CIAP to form two regions (Arco Norte and Brazil-Cono Sur) in the continent, without forgetting that the whole structure is at the service of life.”  

“Therefore, we find ourselves in an important moment of innovation, communion and leadership,” it continued.

The president of the conference, better known as the CIAP, is hoping the Institute improves its management through more unity.

“I wish we move towards greater integration, as the result of reflection and prayer, to strengthen Marist life, the laity, brothers and missions,” said the president of the CIAP’s council, Brother Luis Carlos Gutiérrez. 

The third inter American conference of provincials met from Sept. 14 – 19 in Curitiba, Brazil.

Nearly 40 participated including the provincials, provincials who will take up office in the coming months, a support group of five other Brothers and eight people involved in logistics. 

General councillors Brothers Eugene Kabanguka, Jose Maria Soteras and Victor Preciado took part, as well as directors of the secretariats of mission, the laity and ‘collaboration mission, international.’ 

“This conference is important to help us in the visualizing and in the progressive action around several themes: the consecrated life of the Brothers, the processes of new models of animation-management-government and structures in the Marist Americas, internationalism, the laity and projects of mission and interprovincial animation,” stated Br Luis Carlos.

He stressed that the most important topic involving decision-making was “the proposal of new models of animation, government and management and their proposed practices for current or future regions” – something he believes will have an effect on the way CIAP functions.

On the first day of the encounter, participants watched a video message from superior general Brother Emili Turú who called them “to seriously think about the role of the laity in the continuity of the mission.” 

The challenges of the identity of being a consecrated person in today’s world was the subject of the second day, with references to Jewish thinker Zygmunt Bauman.

The conference touched on other issues including visions for the continent’s future, through the eyes of the youth of the Americas, the new relationship between brothers and laity, and advances in the organisation of the CIAP, the American commission on mission, and the inter-American Marist commission of spirituality, Brothers and laity.

The topic on Sept. 19 was the international Marist communities in the continent during which two recently created ones, Juan Diego in New York and Tabatinga in the Amazon, presented their proposals.

The Brothers highlighted that these communities include volunteers and work with other congregations, citizens and the government to put into practice the guidelines of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si.


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