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More than the results, it is the road that transforms us

17/06/2009: Mexico

In a pleasant climate and an atmosphere fresh, fraternal and welcoming, we were received by the Marist University of Guadalajara, as we are each month, for the meeting of the Marist directors of the Province of Western Mexico.
The emergency linked to the epidemic which has ravaged the country was scarcely over, when some 86 directors of various works of the Western Mexico Province came together, called by Brother Provincial Ernesto Sánchez and co-ordinated by the Educational Team of the Centre of Marist Animation (CAM). The purpose was to develop the culture of evaluation and to put to work instruments and strategies for its improvement.
Friday 22 May began with a prayer of offering the day to our Good Mother. Then Brother Ernesto introduced the meeting, inviting us to continue our efforts towards building the Province, by sharing and reflecting on our responsibility as directors, starting from the diversity of our works, and feeling ourselves taking part in the « dream » of Champagnat.
Brother Provincial encouraged us to take part in the second stage of consultation for the XXI General Chapter, insisting on the fact that, in these proceedings, it is the road, more than the results, which transforms us. As a team we reflected on the two themes of the document «Guidelines for Reflection in Preparation for the 21st General Chapter»: the 2nd (The Lay Marist) and the 3rd (At the Heart of the Charism: The Marist Mission).
In the afternoon of the first day, those responsible for the follow-up of the various plans (pastoral, computer education, formation and academic and psychopedagogic processes) demonstrated to us that programming is a reality of the Province to be used in daily life as a tool of continuing reference for the mission. In groups we also analysed the effectiveness of the programming instruments and the report on the institutional management and results employed in the Province during the last years.
At the close of this activity, the animators presented us with a Plan for the formation of directors, with the aim of further « professionalizing » our role and thus offering a better service to our educational work.
The day finished with the Eucharist, during which we presented to the Lord our life, from the hand of Mary, who accompanies us day by day and invites us to become her living image among children and young people.
On Saturday 23, after the offering of the day, we continued the presentation of the evaluation of the directors. Each one received a report with the results of the evaluation of his work. We then took time for guided personal reflection. Then it was the turn of group dynamics aiming at a greater integration of the local direction teams.
Brother Provincial had the closing words for the day. He invited us to feel supported by the Province and insisted on our taking responsibility for ourselves by attending to a proper life balance. He also invited the brothers in charge of vocations ministry and of the mission to the Tarahumara to pass on to us their enthusiasm for these works so important and so much loved by all.
Brother Ernesto thanked all the participants and the organizers. He then sent us out to continue with enthusiasm the unique Marist mission: « To make Jesus known and loved after the manner of Mary. »
Br. Álvaro Barragán S.

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