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Councillors visit Rio Grande do Sul

29/08/2007: Brazil

In the month of August, the province of Rio Grande do Sul received a visit from two general councillors, Brothers Antonio Ramalho and Pedro Herreros. As Br Antonio put it, the councillors had come with the mission of “bringing Rome to the Province”. In other words, they brought words of faith, encouragement and stimulation from the Superior General to the Provincial and his Council, as also to the entire Marist community. During the month they took part in Ongoing Formation Days for the Brothers of the Province.

Another objective of the visit was to inform themselves on the current reality of the Province with a view to conveying information to the Superior General and his Council. “We came also to view and to update the picture we have of the personnel and current reality of the Mission in this part of the Institute,” explained Br Antonio. Br Pedro added: “By establishing contact and hearing Brothers, lay people, groups of animation and co-ordinators, we experienced the reality of the Province today, and thus are able to report to the Superior and his Council.”

At the end of this visit, they met with the Provincial Council to evaluate the progress made since the Councillors’ first visit in 2003. At this time, a group of four councillors covered the entire Marist community of of Rio Grande do Sul and drew up a report and recommendations. These documents will furnish a basis for the final evaluation.

Brothers Pedro and Antonio, after their visit, will continue their journey to Mendes, where they will take part in the International Assembly of Marist Mission. Therafter, they meet up with young people from Asia in Manila during October. They will be in Canada and USA in November.

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