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Extended provincial council discusses challenges

20/06/2017: Canada

Canada’s extended provincial council met in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu from June 7 – 11, to discuss issues such as the future management of Marist houses in the province.

General vicar Brother Joe McKee, who participated on behalf of the general administration, will discuss the ballots with the general council in Rome.

The meeting included 31 members of the province’s main governing bodies: the Provincial Council, the board of directors of the Marist Lay Association, the Council of Mission and the Provincial Animation Committee. Brother and lay capitulants as well as members of the Preparatory Commission of the Provincial Chapter also attended.

During the meeting, participants discussed the changes they would like the province to undergo, despite the number of Brothers.

There are currently 105 Brothers in the province of Canada with an average age of 81. The province estimates it will have 24 fewer Brothers in the next three years, with an average age of 83.

The extended provincial council stressed the need for involving lay Marists in managing properties to ensure an active presence and reflected on the roles and responsibilities of the province’s main governing bodies.

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