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International Assembly of Marist Publishers

13/06/2016: France

L'Hermitage was chosen as the site for the Third International Assembly of Marist Publishers from May 30 – June 3, which included 39 participants.  

The participants were representatives of the publishing houses GRAM, from Buenos Aires, FTD Educação, from Brazil, EDELVIVES from Spain, and its Mexican subsidiary PROGRESO.

The Assembly adopted three common lines of action for the next two years: joint work in IT - educational technology; study of new markets, notably in Latin America; attention to partnerships and/or acquisitions of similar companies in the event of proven advantages.

L'Hermitage speaks for itself. It is the Institute's cradle where everything there reminds one of Marcellin and his first Brothers as well as of the projects those pioneers dreamed of.

In the words of a colleague, “each space of this place evokes stories, mysticism, spirituality and Marcellin's dreams. Charism and dreams that we seek to live and perform, 200 years later, around the world.”

Two of the meeting's days were dedicated to institutional formation, with guided tours by the L'Hermitage House, Rosey, Marlhes, Le Palais, La Valla and Fourvière.

Some of the participants also visited the Maisonnette house, where Brother Francisco lived, during their free time.

At each site, a team of animators of L'Hermitage, gave explanations and encouraged them to reflect and pray, making it an eminently Marist programme.

Other three days were devoted to the technical part of the Assembly. Guided by the Brazilian adviser, Mário F. Alves and Brothers João Carlos do Prado and Miguel Ángel E. Barrera of the Secretariat of Mission, through different dynamics, participants learned what each Publisher is doing, its main projects, achievements and challenges.

Luca Olivari spoke about the New Models of Animation, Government and Management project, which the general council is implementing in the Institute.

The Third International Assembly of Marist Publishers ended at the feet of Our Lady of Fourvière in Lyon, with our consecration to Mary, repeating the gesture Saint Marcellin and his 11 colleagues made in July 1816.

The next encounter will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2018.  

Br Joaquim Sperandio

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