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Formators of district of Asia meet in Phnom Penh

10/02/2016: Cambodia

Formators of the district of Asia gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from Jan. 25 – 29 to reflect on the formation of brothers in the six countries that make up the district: Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia and two other countries. 

The 13 brothers that took part reflected on the Colloquium on Initial Formation held in L’Hermitage in October, organised by the Secretariat Brothers Today.

The encounter, titled ‘Colloquium on Formation,’ took place in Thimay Pastoral Center of the diocese of Phnom Penh, close to the city’s airport. 

Participants included the district leader, Brother Juan Castro, and three other Brothers that he invited to speak about their experiences of the L’Hermitage encounter.

These were Br Paul Kate of Australia, Br Nelson L. Beltrán of the Philippines and Br Alfredo Herrera of Manziana/Korea.  

Other participants were the Brothers who came from different countries – Br Andrew Chang from Thailand; Br Francis Peter Amoako Attah and Br Maximiliano Meier Stiedl of Cambodia; Br Henry Alexander Arokiasamy and Br Pepito Lala Mahong of India; Br Xavier Borrotón of Bangladesh; and Brothers Salvador Antonio Salinas Castellanos, Canísio José Willrich and Ismael Valls Pujol from other countries.

They addressed the conclusions of the Colloquium on Initial Formation related to the main guidelines and principles that the Institute wants to give to the formation of the Brothers of today.  

“It is not surprising that the group’s reflection focused and emphasized the importance of giving effective attention on the quality of community and spiritual life of our communities,” said Br Alfredo Herrera, one of the participants.

“We hope they become authentic “ecosystems” that support and develop life and favour the need to offer continuous and sustainable help for formators in their roles (and prepare new ones) being aware that, in some way or another, we all influence the formation,” Br Alfredo told the general house press office.

Br Alfredo spoke about “the urgency of starting the elaboration and development of the highly emphasized formation itineraries for the brothers in charge of accompanying candidates to have clear lines of action in the process that each candidate has to live out.”

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