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The Provincials of Arco Norte invite to face new challenges



Open Letter of the Provincials of Arco Norte: Advancing on the journey

16/06/2016: Guatemala

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In an open letter the Brothers Provincial of Arco Norte, after their meeting in Rome on the occasion of the “Conference on the protection of the Child” which was held from the 12 to the 22 of April, invite to face the new challenges of the existential peripheries. 

They affirm that this will only be possible to do it in the fraternity of our condition of sisters and brothers and in the acceptance that the Marist Charism is a gift of the Church that we share all together. 

In their letter, the Provincials appointed an “ad hoc” study group and of implementation of some common initiatives.  This team will meet in Bogota (Colombia) from June 29 to July 2 to advance in their proposal.  

In accordance with the Project on New Models of Animation, Management and Governance, the Region Arco Norte of the Marist Institute continues the process of development and strengthening. 

This Region is formed by the Marist Provinces of: Central America, Canada, United States, Central Mexico, Western Mexico, and Norandina.  In this region are included the countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.  In it 124,035 children and young people are helped (20% of the Marist Mission of the Institute), in 173 Centers: schools, social works, Universities (27% of the works of the Institute).  This is done by 15,902 Brothers and Laity. The Region has 151 communities and 706 Brothers (20% of the Brothers of the Institute), with an average age of 63 years.     

In the last few months different teams have succeeded one another, different encounters and processes with the purpose of strengthening the regional dynamism through the development of initiatives of common interest.  In a special way, the encounter of the Provincial Councils of the Region celebrated last month of March after the meeting with the General Council, had as its end or purpose to present these initiatives to enrich and complement them in this way consolidating the will and identity in this part of the Institute.

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