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The Provincial Assembly of the Province of Rio Grande do Sul

05/04/2006: Brazil

The brothers of the Province of Rio Grande do Sul met as a Provincial Assembly from the 24th to the 26th March at Veranópolis. The objectives were to strengthen fraternity and to share life and mission, in order to assure the continuity of the 2nd Provincial Chapter. It concerned proposing ways of acting, listening to the participants and the learning the latest news. With the theme of ‘Vitality in mission’ the Provincial Administration sought to involve all the brothers by asking them for their suggestions and inviting them to participate actively in facing the challenges of the next three years.

The Assembly’s Preparatory Commission had as its intention to lead each person to reflect on the actions that would be able to vitalise the mission in the Province and help the Provincial Council which has as its members Brothers Dionísio Roberto Rodrigues, Miro Reckziegel, Sandro Baruffi, Valdícer Fachi and Vinícios Meneguzzi Malfatti.

The 120 brothers gathered at ‘Recanto Marista Medianeira’ participated in an exposé on religious life and a presentation of the Province’s data – thanks to reports from different organisations. There were moments of fraternisation and the Eucharist which contributed in creating a favourable environment for reflection.
This Assembly, open to all the brothers, is the way the Provincial Administration found for involving the greatest number of brothers. They could thus make suggestions and participate actively.

During his opening words of wisdom, Brother Lauro Hochscheidt, Provincial, invited each brother to get to know the projects of this mandate better and to join in. He underlined the importance of deepening the decisions, the objectives and the priorities of the 2nd Provincial Chapter which was held at the end of 2005. He invited the brothers to fraternise and to share life and mission. Each one was motivated to improve the quality of his life and to respond to the calls from God today.

The theme of ‘Vitality in mission´ was studied by the brothers with the help of two presenters, Sister Maria Alcídia Guareschi, President of the Brazilian Conference of Religious, and Father Edézio Borges.

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