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Meeting on being a lay Marist

23/06/2017: Brazil

Around 40 Brothers and laity participated in the ‘National Encounter Being Lay Marist: Processes and Itinerary’ from June 7 – 10, in Brazlândia, Brazil.

Three people took part from other provinces of the America Sur region.

The encounter, which was organised by the Committee of Brothers and Laity of the Marist Union of Brasil (UMBRASIL), aimed at discussing the lay vocational itineraries based on reflection, dialogue and experiences.

The first day began with time dedicated to affective integration, to the awareness of the presence and knowledge of one's own body and of others, led by Monica Filizola.

The first reflection covered the lay vision of the Institute, presented by Éder d'Artagnan, Coordinator of the animation of the laity of the province of Brazil Centro-Norte: experiences of communities, groups and associations, taking into account lay vocation and the new relationship with the Brothers.

Each province then presented a significant experience of the laity: joint formation (Brasil Centro-Norte); The Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family (Brasil Sul-Amazônia); And the youth laity (Brasil Centro-Sul). The Cruz del Sur province also presented its formation project for the laity.

More time was dedicated to two central themes: the vocational itinerary of lay people and accompaniment. Raúl Amaya, of the Santa Maria de los Andes province, led the discussion of those topics, based on the already consolidated experience of his Province.

From these experiences, the group tried to identify the fundamental elements for the elaboration of the itineraries in the Provinces.

The Coordinator of the Consecrated Life and Laity of UMBRASIL, Brother Luiz Adriano Ribeiro affirmed that not losing the horizon of the internationality of the Institute and the new beginning, while valuing the experiences and paths travelled by the different provinces, is what leads to the recognition that there are different actors acting on the charism.

“We want to rediscover the value that the laity has in the Church, in society and within our institutional walls. We must see ourselves as companions who are recognised in the Marist project of making Jesus known and loved. We must be an example of service in the Church, in the way that Mary did,” concluded Brother Luiz Adriano.

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