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Second meeting of the writing commission

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The members of the international Commission responsible for writing the document “The Vocation of the Lay Marist” met in Rome at the General House from the 26th February until the 2nd March.
This meeting followed up the work commenced in April 2006 to designate the addressees of the document, the objectives that it must attain and the style with which it will need to be presented as well as its basic contents. It was also decided to ask a representative number of lay Marists from throughout the world to write about their experience of their lay Marist vocation.

The objective of the present meeting was to conceive the methodology that is going to be used to write the document on the vocation of the lay Marist, to appoint the principal writers, to concretise the system of interaction between all the members of the commission and with other collaborators and to produce the calendar which must guide the works in the future. On this occasion the structure of the document and its contents were also defined. For that we used the ninety-two vocation testimonies sent from all the Provinces of the Institute which served as a source of inspiration for defining the fundamental lines of the document. All the members of the commission evaluated these extraordinary testimonies, as much for their great beauty and depth as well as for the coincidence that was found there of many elements that marked the different vocations in distant and different places of the world. The richness of these documents has provided a very rich material which has allowed a nearly definitive schema of the document to be conceived.

According to the previsions that were made, the document should be in the hands of the General Council for its approval in the ordinary session of November 2008. If the previsions are kept, the document could be sent to the Administrative Units at the start of March 2009, some months in advance of the XXI General Chapter.

The evaluation of this second meeting testified to the good ambiance of fraternity that was created, to the intensity of the work carried out, to the openness for assimilating the ideas of others, to respect for the cultural diversity of the Institute as well as the different rhythms of development of the lay Marist movement in the Administrative Units and to the satisfaction for the agreements obtained.

All the members of the commission warmly thanked the General Council, and in particular Brother Seán, for the interest shown in the work of the commission and in each of its members. At the time of the reception by the General Council of the members of the commission, the ninety-two vocation stories were solemnly presented to the Brother Superior General.

The next meeting of the commission will take place from the 5th to the 9th May 2008 in Rome to examine and retouch the plan of the document before handing it over to one sole writer who will retouch the style, and then to literary proofreaders and to the translators.

Present at this meeting were: Anne Dooley (Melbourne – Australia), Bernadette Ropa (Melanesia - Bougainville), Noel Dabrera (Sri Lanka), Annie Girka (L’Hermitage - France), Chema Pérez Soba (Ibérica - Spain), Carlos Navajas (América Central – Guatemala), Sérgio Schons (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Afonso Murad (Brasil Centro-Norte), Juan Miguel Anaya (Procurator General – Rome), Pedro Herreros (General Councillor – Rome) and Pau Fornells (Bureau of the Laity – Rome). Brother Rémy Mbolipasiko (East Central Africa, Congo) was absent.

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