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Six Provinces from the Northern Arc to Guatemala



Regional Meeting preparing for the XXI General Chapter

28/05/2009: Guatemala - Photo gallery

The whole Institute has entered on the last stage, at the provincial and regional levels, of preparations for the coming General Chapter. This is why the delegates and coordinators of the six Provinces of the Northern Arc (Norandina, Central America, Western Mexico, Central Mexico, the United States and Canada) came together in Guatemala from 14 to 17 May to take time for reflection and more imme-diate preparation for this important time in the life of our Institute.

The theme proposed for the XXI Chapter: « New hearts for a new world » was truly made concrete during these proceedings. A new world? This was truly a new experience, for the 22 participants came from no fewer than ten countries and expressed themselves in three languages: Spanish, English, and French. Moreover, Brothers (18) and lay people (4, one a woman delegate from Mexico) found them-selves gathered for a single project. However, the very Marist spirit which united all the participants was the fruit of new hearts, of hearts which wanted to renew themselves.

So it was in a spirit of unity and brotherhood that the work and reflection of these days unfolded. As in all meetings facing time limits, the programme proposed was a full one and the topics numerous. After reading the letters prepared in each Province after consultations with brothers and laity, the delegates had to identify some common challenges for the region and propose tracks towards solutions. Then, starting from these challenges, they had to synthesize it all into a significant call, which the Northern Arc region could address to the members of the General Chapter. Such an exercise turned out to be a hazardous undertaking, especially in applying the consensus method with people coming from different countries with different realities.… But thanks to Brothers Carlos Velez and Joao Carlos Prado, members of the Chapter Preparatory Commission, the assembly succeeded in achieving unity – if not always unanimity – with regard to the challenges and the call.

These days of sharing and reflection unfolded in a climate of attentiveness to persons and listening to one another. At no time was the language barrier an obstacle to dialogue and sharing; the experiences of previous international meetings have facilitated contacts, and one feels with many Brothers both the will and the effort to acquire a better knowledge of another language, which will allow not only a rich-er contribution during the work sessions, but also more informal and personal contacts.

If this meeting of the Northern Arc went so well, it is necessary to emphasize the quality of the hospi-tality of the Brothers of Guatemala and the impeccable organization which greatly favoured the suc-cess of the meeting ; everything was anticipated, from simultaneous translation and a cultural animation down to attention to the personal needs of the participants. The Province of Central America, ac-cordingly, merits the thanks of each delegate.

This meeting was a sort of preparatory exercise for the important event of the General Chapter. May this important moment for our religious family unfold in the climate of hospitality, openness and bro-therhood which we experienced in these days full of hope. That is what we ask of Mary and Marcellin in our daily prayer.

Gilles Hogue, f.m.s.
Coordinator– Province of Canada

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