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FMS Message 35 gathers the historical memories

02/10/2006: General House

We have just put in the post edition 35 of the “FMS Message” which recalls the Marist Vocation Year. The General Council in its plenary session of June 2003 decided to have a Marist Vocation Year throughout the entire Institute. It tried to motivate a common effort for all, the brothers and the laypeople of the communities and schools throughout the entire Marist world, dedicating a special interest and involvement in vocations. Brothers Théoneste Kalisa, General Councillor, and Ernesto Sánchez Barba, Director of the Bureau for Vocations, took on the work of planning and co-ordinating the year.

The 15th August 2005 was the official closure of this year, even though calendars of several Provinces extended it until the end of the year. Immediately, each of the Provinces was asked for a document that reflected the most remarkable experiences during the Marist Vocation Year. These documents varied greatly, given that the participation in this initiative was not uniform throughout the entire Institute due to the different situations of each Province.

“FMS Message 35” hopes to collect the effort of the Marist world and keep the historical memory of this grace of the Lord: what was realised for the Institute. The reading of the documents of brothers from all the Provinces of the Institute will be without doubt a referent for our future. In these pages, one can find information and reports on specific aspects of the Marist Vocation Year, the clearest indication of the general plan with its distinct programmes and the plans for the future that have been outlined. We need to accentuate the hopeful evaluative balance of Brother Seán Sammon in his “Letter to my brothers”, the perspective of tomorrow that Brother Théoneste outlines and the message illustrated by Brother Ernesto through his information regarding the preparation, realisation, evaluation and succession of this Marist realisation. The title of his information is quite striking: “It is worth continuing the dream!”

The presentation of this edition follows a plan identical to that used at the Seventh General Conference in Sri Lanka to remain faithful to it but with a few novelties in its presentation. The contributions from the Provinces are grouped by Continents at the same time we have tried to develop a map of the Marist world geography marking on each continent the countries that correspond to each Marist Province. This map is provisional because we cannot anticipate the changes that continue to be made. The references to the houses of formation reflect the state of these in 2005.

Let’s hope that this new contribution of animation of vocations ministry in our communities and our educational works will revive the fire of the Marist Vocation Year and maintain the concern to promote Marist vocations.

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