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1889: The first Marist Brothers left for Colombia
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An encouraging presence and message



Brother Seán visits Occidental Mexico

27/09/2007: Mexico - Photo gallery

Bro. Seán Sammon officially visited our Province from July 27 to August 2, wanting to meet the different groups representative of the life of the Province, Brothers and lay people, in order to give us his message and promote an exchange. We assembled at the Meeting House in Chona. With an enthusiastic response from the participants we shared with pleasure life in our Communities and school works.

- Saturday 28: The community animators attended as well as the participants in the workshop for animators which was ending that very day.

- Sunday 29: Brothers in formation and the formators of the Marist province, and those Brothers around 40 years old who had been invited.

- Monday 30: We counted on the presence of the Principals, Brothers and lay people, and a representative of each of the apostolic works.

- Tuesday 31: Then it was the Brothers 40 years old and more who had not had the opportunity to attend the preceding groups.

- Wednesday 1: designed for the lay people, with two or three representatives from each Marist apostolate and fraternity.

- Thursday 2: We ended the meetings, including time for the Provincial Council.

After this experience we can give thanks to God for the simple and fraternal presence of Bro. Superior, for his message zeroing in on Marist identity and mission, for the uniqueness of his gift to the Province of a picture of Mary holding the Child by the hand. Thus we are thankful for the deep quality of the presence he brought.

Bro. Seáns visit to the Communities and apostolic works will take place later. The decision for this time allowed us to spend most of the time in the meetings organized in the mornings, leaving time for personal work and rest.

Here is a synthesis of the messages he gave the Brothers, but which can motivate all those who collaborate in our mission:

a) Characteristics of the identity of the Marist Brothers: men of mission, Community and prayer, in the manner of Mary, hand in hand with lay people like Marcellin, among the poor.

b) Preoccupation with the young Brothers: community life today is paradoxical, a help and at times an obstacle. Activism. How to incarnate our charism. Visibility, fidelity, perseverance.

c) Tasks proposed in the meeting with the young Brothers in formation: forge a dream for life. Have a mentor-accompanist. Make your work significant. Continue to learn about intimate relationships.

d) A message he repeated in several meetings: at the end of the novitiate a Marist Brother must have become another Jesus and be a living image of Marcellin Champagnat.

Victor M. Preciado, fms

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