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VIII Marist General Conference

18/05/2007: General House

Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, has convoked the VIII General Conference of the Marist Institute which will take place in Rome from the 21st May to the 2nd June 2007. The Brothers Provincial and the District Superiors have been called to this meeting. The echoes of the meeting of the seventh General Conference, held in Negombo (Sri Lanka), are still alive as the doors open for a new meeting of the brothers who exercise the service of authority in the Provinces of the Institute to reflect together on the results of restructuring after nearly fifteen years of experience and on the way the leadership in the Institute is being carried out in order to empower the mission.

Rome is on the point of welcoming the brothers who are going to participate in this meeting. The facilities occupied by the International College until a few months ago will accommodate the visitors during the ten days of the works of the Conference. The “sala blu” will be the place where the brothers will meet in assembly for discussion and dialogue: it has been improved through the installation of air conditioning so as to facilitate a greater efficiency in work and to moderate the climatic rigours of Rome. The brothers will be able to have access to the internet in various places of the house in order to communicate with the outside world.

A commission constituted by the Brother Superior General, Seán Sammon, and by Brothers Luis García Sobrado, Maurice Berquet, Don Neary, Iván Buenfil and Jean Ronzon has dedicated several weeks of work to the preparation of all the details of the meeting.

This convocation is something new in Marist practice. For the first time in Marist history, there has been a convocation of two General Conferences between two General Chapters. The main ideas that will be studied during this meeting of the VIII General Conference are summarised in the motto “Fire and passion in Marist leadership.”

From the Publications Department we will try to provide you frequently with some information about all that is happening during these ten days as we did for Sri Lanka.

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