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The Superior General receives a tribute in Brazil

11/10/2006: Brazil

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul welcomed Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General of the Marist Brothers, on the 27th September. In the welcoming ceremony, in which the directors of twenty-two faculties and the institute co-ordinators of the Institution represented these units, a plaque was presented to Brother Seán in thanksgiving for his visit.

The history of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul was recounted by Brother Joachim Clotet, University President, who highlighted the effort of the professors and functionaries to propose the knowledge and the practice of Marist educational ideals to the students. “In accomplishing its vocation, the Institution seeks to form honest citizens and enterprising professionals, prepared to conquer challenges and to act in solidarity in helping people,” concluded Brother Joachim Clotet. The Superior General stressed, in these times of globalisation, the importance that teaching must exercise faced with the world. “The university must teach people to dream of a better world,” he declared.

The Superior General, presented as a challenge to the Marist Institute the need to make Jesus Christ known and loved, and to make him loved principally among young people. For him, the function of higher education is to teach people to reflect on the current world. “Technology is transforming in a radical way the way people relate to each other. I am not against that, I only wonder if it is in faith and with values that we are helping this reflection.”

Source: ASCOM-PUCRS

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