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23 January

Saint Margaret
1939, Marist foundation in Kutama (Zimbabwe) and Marist foundation in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Marist Calendar - January




On the feast of the Presentation of the Mary 2014, Pope Francis described the three primary aims of the year of consecrated life as:

1.    To look to the past with Gratitude.
2.    To live the present with Passion.
3.    To embrace the future with Hope.

In similar ways, this Secretariat echoes these aims.  As brothers today, we are grateful for our fraternal growth of the past 199 years of the institute, when more recently,The Secretariat of Brothers Today takes up the areas that in recent years were the responsibilities of the Commission for Religious Life and the Vocations Bureau.

The 2009 XXI General Chapter summoned us “To go in haste to new lands with Mary…” “…living a new consecrated life”, which promotes “…a new way of being brother” and “…with a significant presence amongst poor children”.  It is in this context that the Secretariat, Brothers Today was born.

We are living the present with passionrequiring us to be mindful of our sacred duty to care for our Marist vocation through regular nourishment from continual formation throughout our consecrated lives. We invest our spirit and energy in learning new ways of being Marists, brothers and lay. This expression ranges from the International Colloquium about Initial Formation to Third Age programs; from Post Perpetual ‘Gier’ to the Mid-Life ‘Pathways’ programs.  At the same time, we are attentive to our Marist spiritual patrimony.

As brothers today, we are responding to the call of the XXI General Chapter to a new communion with laity and the formation of international communities in new lands, this secretariat embraces the future with hope and dare to imagine boldly along with the other secretariats of Mission, Laity, FMSI and CMI that we are already witnessing the divine promise unfolding as we approach our Bicentenary…

“Behold, I am making all things new!” (Rev 21:5)

Brother Formators for a New World - Formation Course 2014
El Escorial   &  Manziana

On 14th December, 2015, the Vatican document on The Vocation of the Religious Brother was released however in the preceding month, in the Jesuit Spanish publication SAL TERRAE (103), Br José María Ferre published a wonderful reflection of The Religious Brother - One way of living out the brotherhood of Jesus.  It is reflection worth sharing.  There are photos of brothers in this document however, you may not recognise many of the faces as they are from the various congregations, yet you may recognise them as fellow brothers in what they do.   

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