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Encounter of the implementation team

11/09/2016: Brazil

The second encounter of the implementation team of the América Sur region was held in Brazlândia, Brasil, from Sept. 2 – 5 to discuss the progress of the new region’s strategic projects and structures.

It also served to discuss the complete texts that will be used in the presentation to provincials and vice provincials in next month’s encounter in Curitiba.

Five provinces and one district took part, with Brothers and laity from Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The superior of the Brasil Centro-Norte province, Brother Ataide José de Lima, received the participants.

The group debated priority projects and initiatives of the following topics: vocational itinerary, vocational promotion, identification of regional experts, vision, the region’s principles and priorities, operating model, network of schools and communication plan, the bursar’s network and the regional novitiate’s network.

Marcelo Cordeiro, a lay Marist of the Brasil Sul-Amazônia province, presented the team the first version of the text containing the vision and the principles for the region. 

Brother Patricio Pino, Province of Santa María de los Andes, then described the project’s strategic objectives for vocational animation of Brothers and lay people.

The team’s last encounter will be held in Uruguay in March 2017 for the presentation, delivery and implementation of its projects. 

The executive secretary of the Marist Union of Brazil / UMBRASIL, Brother Valter Zancanaro, was present at the meeting to hold a dialogue with the team on the functioning of the interprovincial institution that will serve as an inspiration for the operating model that prepares the team.

The region was created in February 2016 to strengthen local Marist activities. It is also the result of the Institute’s restructuring of the Institute to carry out the New Models of Animation, Government and Management project.

The seven countries that make up the América Sur region represent 240,000 children and youth, assisted by 538 Brothers and 35,000 lay people.

The team’s members are Br José Wagner Rodrigues da Cruz and Maria Manuela Suassuna (Brasil Centro-Norte); Br Jorge Gaio and Rony Ahlfeldt (Brasil Centro-Sul); Br Deivis Fischer and Marcelo Cordeiro (Brasil Sul-Amazônia); Br José Kuhn, Br Alberto Aparício e Inés May (Cruz del Sur); Br Patrício and Ernesto Reyes (Santa María de los Andes); Luca Olivari (Advisor of the general administration).

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