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Personnel gathered for a day of deepening marist life

15/04/2018: Philippines

The school personnel of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University scheduled a day for Marist personnel formation on April 3.  The agenda of the gathering included the sharing on the calls of the General Chapter, the laity in the life of the Institute, volunteering for Marists mission and nurturing Marist life in prayer and reflection sharing.

Brother Lindley H. Sionosa, the vice provincial, shared with around 40 participants highlights of the recently concluded 22nd General Chapter, its calls and the way forward.  He also stressed the invitation to be contemplative listeners in our embrace of the Marist way of doing things. 

The history of the inclusion of the laity in the life of the congregation of the Marist Brothers since the 18th General Chapter of 1985 down the line to the last 22nd General Chapter was presented by Elma Rafil. It allowed the participants to value the role of the laity in the life of the Institute. Elma stressed the importance of the laity in the life of the Church and that of the Marist missions. The overarching challenge for brothers and lay is how to work together as a “global family” in the spirit of communion and co-responsibility.

Brother Edgar Ceriales, the coordinator for the volunteer programme, shared an insightful message and a video that calls for generous service to mission and the challenge of making life meaningful by making a difference in the lives of those in need. Three among the participants expressed in earnest their desire to become Marist volunteers.

The whole day experience progressed in an atmosphere of prayer and reflection which concluded with the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word.

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