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Brother Pere Ferré reflects on the paths of the Province

21/01/2016: France

Brother Pere Ferré has been appointed as new Provincial of L’Hermitage for a three-year term and will take up office during the next Provincial Chapter on Aug. 2.

Superior General Brother Emili Turú made the announcement in a letter to the Brothers of the Province of L’Hermitage dated Dec. 22.

“I wish to thank Brother Maurice Berquet for his continued and generous service in this important service of leadership over the last six years,” stated Br Emili, referring to the previous Provincial.

In reference to Br Pere, the Superior underscored that he thanks him in advance “for his openness and availability to serve the Institute acting as a Provincial.”

The new Provincial affirmed that there is a “fascinating challenge of life, a gift of the Lord to accompany, like Mary, with confidence and hope.”

In a statement released by Br Pere, he reflected on some of the paths of the Province and of the Institute that “are already present and we can further develop.”

He pointed to the need for “the presence and the accompaniment of brothers, communities and laity in their vocation and in strengthening their spirituality.”

Br Pere stressed the importance of the formation of Marist leaders to animate and coordinate the mission in the coming years and of searching for new ways of living out the communion between brothers and laity.

He reflected also on the implementation of new ways of animation, management and government in different areas of Marist life as well as the sense of belonging to a global, international body, with concrete commitments of fraternal solidarity.

The new provincial finally pointed to the need of an openness and sensitivity to situations of children and young people that require bold responses.

Biography

Br Pere studied in two Marist schools growing up in Badalona and in Barcelona, Spain. After a few years as animator of pastoral groups, he entered the novitiate in Lerida where he made his first profession in 1988.

He completed his post novitiate in Alcalá de Henares and Barcelona, and began a community of insertion in Santa Coloma de Gramenet alongside two brothers where he combined social and parish collaboration with his work in the Marist school of Badalona.

After his final vows in 1994, he took a formation course for formators from 1996 – 1998 in Valpré, France, before working in vocational ministry and forming postulants.

From 2001 – 2009 he was master of novices in the interprovincial novitiate of Seville and later spent a year in the community and school of Lerida.

He studied pharmacy, religious science and psychology and is serving as provincial vicar from 2010 to Aug. 2016.

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