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General Council maps future filled with hope

16/07/2004: General House

On Tuesday morning July 6th Brother Seán Sammon and the brothers of the General Council addressed the brothers and laity working for the General Administration in Rome, presenting the main points of the Council’s recently concluded plenary session. Council members welcomed reactions and thanked everyone for his/her cooperation in helping them in their work of animating and governing the Institute. Topics covered included the Conference of Provincials scheduled to take place next year in Sri Lanka; an evaluation report prepared for the International College in Rome; new guidelines for BIS (International Secretariat for Solidarity) that focus on the organization’s education programs and advocacy for just causes, in addition to its continuing involvement with projects and their funding; an international assembly on Marist mission being planned for 2007; the Marist Vocation Year that begins on September 8th; courses being planned for community leaders and formators; and a new manual for members of the General Administration community. We will feature these topics in upcoming editions of the Marist Bulletin Online.

Brother Seán affirmed that General Council’s planning, in line with the thrust of the 20th General Chapter, is centered on a passion for Jesus, proclamation of the Word of God for poor children and young people, and the Marist mission that brothers and lay people are sharing. The presence of Mary is essential for our identity. Based on these deeply held values, the Council’s work of animating and governing the Institute is leading to steady and significant results for our mission.

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