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Ensuring vitality of Marist life and mission in Asia



A second meeting of brothers in Singapore

31/03/2005: Singapore

Last October, a process began in Asia with the objective of sustained vitality of Marist life and mission in the Region. A second meeting, connected to this process, occurred at Maris Stella High School in Singapore.
Present at the meeting were representatives of each Administrative Unit in the Region: Brothers Tom Chin, Robert Teoh, and Joachim Heng (Province of China); Mike de Waas, Mervyn Perera, and Sunanda Alwis (Province of Sri Lanka and Pakistan); Manny de Leon and Renee Reyes (Province of the Philippines); John Vianney Kim and Juan Castro (District of Korea); and Lazar Hirudayasamy and Savari Velanganni (Sector of India). The meeting occurred on the 26th and 27th February, and was facilitated by Brother Peter Rodney from the General Council.

The days together were spent getting to know the Region better and in planning a process up to the third meeting, which will take place in Sri Lanka immediately after the General Conference. Between now and then there will be two parts to the planned process: a Vitality Study of each Administrative Unit in the Region, and then based on this information, reflection on practical means to ensure a future of sustained vitality in the Region. Among the options to be considered during this reflection stage are: increased Regionalisation, and/or Restructuring, or the status quo remaining in place. The objective of the third meeting will be to study the reflections that will have emerged from each Administrative Unit and to reach consensus on preferred options.
The process has been planned to ensure the participation of the brothers of the Region, and where possible, our lay partners in mission. Active involvement is being invited.

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