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Meeting of the European team of Brothers Today

01/03/2018: Portugal

Once again we, the European Team of Brothers Today, gathered together (Lisbon, 7 and 8 February 2018). But this time it’s not like the other times.

Actually, none of them are...

This time we feel enlightened by a new light that frames all our projects and challenges for the coming years.

It is the light of the XXII General Chapter that, since it was held in Colombia, calls us to become the face and hands of God’s mercy. From this perspective, we share our dreams and plan our task of animation:


  • We organized the third meeting of the Network of Communities in Europe, which will take place in El Escorial from August 8 to 12, 2018. We want to bet on truly networked communities, twinned to enrich community life and Marist spirituality, committed to a mission that responds to new calls and with an organisation and structure of animation that takes advantage of synergies.
  • We discussed the preparation of the summer retreats of the provinces and we opened them to the participation of others. This year, they are focused on The Rule of Life and the calls of the Chapter.
  • We revised our Roadmap 2018-2021 and framed all the actions of our animation team in light of the calls of the General Chapter.
  • We shared the concerns and issues that have been arising from our General Administration. Brother Tony Leon informed us about the meeting of the “Tutti fratelli” project on being bridge builders, with the presence of 21 general superiors among its participants.
  • We shared the materials that came from each province in relation to the process of explaining and reflecting on the XXII General Chapter.

And we finished our meeting with the feeling that something new has begun and with the joy of having been together. New challenges are always waiting for us: to live our Marist mission as a global family and to be bridges, lights in the path, an outstretched hand and friend for children and young people who are on the margins of the world. May the Good Mother and Marcellin always accompany us on each step of this journey.


Br Aureliano García Manzanal
Coordinator of the Brothers Today Europe team

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