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A pilot course for lay Marists

07/06/2006: Mexico

The Study centre of Marist Spiritual Patrimony (CEPAM) functions in liaison with the Marist University of Guadalajara (Jalisco) in Mexico. This centre, directed by Brother Aureliano Brambila, is devoted to the study and the diffusion of the documents of the Institute that constitute its spiritual patrimony, but especially documents that relate to Saint Marcellin Champagnat. The raison d’être of this centre is founded on our ‘Constitutions’: “In the different countries and cultures where we are active in the apostolate, we keep up to date our knowledge of the Founder, of the first Brothers, and of the history of the Institute, so that we can maintain, deepen, and develop our spiritual heritage.” (C. 164.2)

The work of CEPAM results in a commitment for mutual communication and enrichment. It can be explained in this way: nothing that I discover about Marcellin is for me alone; the smallest discovery must be shared with others because it is our common wealth. It ensues that the method used rests on personal research and exchange with others.

The usual participants in these CEPAM courses have been brothers who are interested in the documents of Marist patrimony; brothers like Balko, Zind, Juan María, Gabriel Michel, Paul Sester, etc. have dedicated several years of research. Brother Aureliano has announced to us that something new has taken place: CEPAM has just finished a pilot course for lay Marists.

Each Tuesday, from the 3rd January until the 23rd May 2006, a pilot course on Marist spiritual patrimony was held for laypeople. It started at nine o’clock in the morning and finished at seven o’clock in the evening. The method included personal research and a presentation to the group. The participants gave a very positive evaluation of the course. They liked the methodology used and the Marist atmosphere that reigned. The participants were Basilio Rueda Montoya, Margarita Rosas, María Elida Quiñones, and Brothers Luis Jorge Flores and Aureliano Brambila.

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