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FMS Message 49

 

General Admininstration's Strategic Plan
Year XXXIII - 10/2019

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This issue of FMS Message focusses on the Strategic Plan of the General Administration covering initiatives related to the animation, leadership and governance of the Institute and implementing the calls made by the XXII General Chapter. We have witnessed the demanding work of the General Council, along with a number of groups and leaders from all regions of the Institute, trying to discover ways forward to achieve what God wants the Marists of Champagnat to be and do.

The construction of the House of Our Lady of the Hermitage, as an image of the Marist journey from 1817 (the start of the Institute) to 1825 (the inauguration of the Mother House), is the backdrop to the General Council’s plan. The water of the Gier, which flows down from the hills around La Valla, past the Hermitage and empties into the Rhône, is a metaphor of the Marist community, a global family, that wants to live by the charism of Champagnat in “all the dioceses of the world”.

The magazine is divided into three parts.  In the first, Br Luis Carlos, Vicar General, highlights the basis of the governance plan: leadership that is prophetic and service-oriented. Then, members of the Council take up the various recommendations of the Chapter concerning governance style. These directives serve as foundational for the Strategic Plan which was approved in September 2018 – the actual text appears in the second chapter. The third chapter presents the structure of the General Administration that will assist the Council carry out the plan with its strategic initiatives.

The Chapter slogan, “Journeying together as a Global Family”, contains the three elements that act like a set of gears to move us forward to 2025: journeying together, as a family, one that is global. They form the inner framework of the 18 projects that the General Council has prioritised until 2025.

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