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The Ad gentes Community of Canada: a new step

07/03/2008: Canada

On February 22 the seven Brothers of the ad gentes Community of Canada met in Laval (Montreal).
Their names and places of origin: Félix (Peru), Richard (Canada), Miguel Angel (Spain), Clement (Nigeria), Jeyaraj (India), Jorge (Mexico) and León (Canada). They were accompanied by Brothers Gilles Ouimette, ex- Provincial of Canada and Luis Sobrado García, representing the General Council. They were also joined by two lay Marists who are part of the Consulting Council for this community: Linda and Fernando.

The fundamental objective of this meeting was to take a further step towards the definition of the type of community and apostolate which will be the first project of this ad gentes community.

The members of this community have taken approximately one year perfecting their knowledge of French. At the same time, they have been very active visiting more than 20 projects of youth evangelism which have been started by different religious congregations and dioceses in various parts of Canada. These visits were made in groups of two or three and lasted between two and five days. The object of these visits was to help the community to discern its own project and place of apostolate.

In this meeting the perception of the community was shared on six of the projects which had been visited and those that are considered closest to the Marist charism and which can be more suitably adapted to the concrete attributes of the members of the community. A good part of the meeting was also devoted to sharing and reflecting on the community commitments that should encourage the quality of life and the Marist mission of the group.

An agreement was reached to bring this discernment to a close by next May, with a session of group discernment lasting for two or three days, facilitated by an expert and involving all the members of the community, a representative of the Provincial Council and a representative of the General Council.

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