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A meeting with Champagnat



CEPAM in Porto Alegre, Brazil

25/02/2005: Brazil

The vitality of the Institute is measured by the quality of our response to God. In making present today the charism of Marcellin Champagnat, we keep alive the dynamism of our vocation (C 171).
It is within this spirit that the study of Marist Spiritual Patrimony (CEPAM) is being carried out in Porto Alegre. The founder and current leader of CEPAM is Brother Aureliano Brambila who is guiding the studies. Brother Dionísio Rodrigues is the coordinator and the organiser of this Brazilian session. Nine brothers are participating in this third stage of the course: Canísio Willrich, Claudiano Tiecher, Claudino Tiecher, Jaires Rock, Lúcio Dantas, Sandro Baruffi, Sebastião Ferrarini, Silfredo Klein and Vinícios Malfatti. The limited number of participants is due to the methodology of the study.

The study is centred on the letters of Champagnat. The brothers read the letters using all the available Marist literature. We are stressing the historical and cultural context of the personages and we pay attention to both the attitudes and the mentality of Marcellin. Deepening and living this experience provide all the participants with an effective knowledge of Marcellin. More than 170 brothers in the Institute have already participated in this study, either in Rome, Guadalajara or now in Brazil. We can still say that all this work unfolds a more realistic picture of the Founder, complementing the knowledge and the experience we have of him transmitted by Brother Jean-Baptiste.

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