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12/01/2006: General House

In December 2005, four Provincial Chapters and one District Chapter took place in the Institute. A representative of the General Council participated in each of them in December or during the New Year holiday period or at Christmas.
The capitulants of the Province of Rio Grande do Sul were invited to revitalise their Province and they met at Veranópolis from the 3rd until the 5th December. During these days of reflection, they accomplished the tasks of the 2nd Provincial Chapter: to fix a general objective, to define the priorities and to install the Provincial and his Council for the next three years (2006-2009). Brother Antonio Ramalho represented the General Council.

Brother Réal Cloutier had already started his second mandate as Provincial of the Province of Canada when the second session of the Provincial Chapter took place on the 3rd and 4th December 2005 in order to define the priorities of the Province. Brother Yvon Bédard, former Econome General, was one of the capitulants. Brother Pedro Herreros represented the General Administration. Nine laypeople also contributed to fixing guidelines for the Province.
Five work groups studied propositions concerning vitality and viability, mission, laity and other initiatives. There were words of encouragement for the accomplishments of the Provincial and of the preceding Council and for the initiatives being realised: transfer of the sector of Haiti to the American region, interprovincial community at the service of young Canadians, regrouping of lay Marists in the Marist Movement of Quebec, the Valcartier project for the animation of young people, the hiring of a layperson to co-ordinate the province youth ministry, etc.

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