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A Major New Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)



Marist Brothers Join Franciscans International in NGO Partnership

11/04/2005: Switzerland

The Marist Brothers and Franciscans International announce the formation of a major new Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) partnership.
In their new joint venture with Franciscans International, the Marist Brothers will specifically focus on advocacy efforts related to children’s rights and the right to education. Franciscans International is the Franciscan voice at the United Nations (UN) – working to influence decisions that are made by the international community, particularly policies concerning the poor, the promotion and protection of human rights, the environment and peace.

As part of the partnership, the Marist Brothers will present co-sponsored interventions; obtain assistance and facilitation on advocacy initiatives with governments, NGOs and UN agencies; receive reports of UN meetings that are of importance to the delegation; and have access to administrative services in the Geneva, Switzerland-based office.
The Marist Brothers count as a blessing our new relationship with Franciscans International. Prophetic efforts on the part of those associated with Franciscans International over so many years serves as a model for all Church people working to influence international policy in light of Gospel principles. We welcome this opportunity and look forward to our work together,” remarked Brother Seán Sammon, FMS, the Superior General of the Marist Brothers of the Schools.
The partnership between the Marist Brothers and Franciscans International is part of a long-term strategic plan to develop a network of faith-based organisations at the UN. Presently, the Dominicans for Justice and Peace and the International Catholic Migration Commission collaborate as organisations within this network. Franciscans International will also aid the Marist Brothers in obtaining Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status at the UN.

Inspired by Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Franciscan men and women – religious and secular – serve in schools, hospitals, Justice and Peace offices, shelters and other services for the poor. There are nearly 1.2 million Franciscans in over 140 countries around the world. Franciscans International is sponsored by the Conference of the Franciscan Family – representing the Friars Minor, Capuchins, Conventuals, TOR friars, Secular Franciscans and the IFC-TOR – meaning that all Franciscans are members of the organisation.

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