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Formation for Provincial Councils

25/03/2013: Brazil

The Marist Union of Brasil (UMBRASIL) assembled on 13 March the Provincial Councillors for training aimed at the Provincial Councils in Brasilia. The theme of the gathering was: « Called to live unity – ‘The members of the body, despite their number, form only one body’ (1Cor. 12:12). » The representatives of the Province of « Brasil Centro Norte » were Brothers Wellington Medeiros, Provincial, Alexandre Lôbo, José de Assis de Brito and José Wagner da Cruz, who had the opportunity of presenting the Province to the participants.

The purpose of the meeting was to make known the mission and activity of UMBRASIL and its Associates in view of the building up of unity and to assure the guarantee of channels of communication, participation and common processes of decision making. The programming included the virtual participation of Br João Carlos do Prado, director of the Secretariat of Mission in Rome, who referred to the bicentenary of the Institute : ‘From Champagnat to the new perspectives for the Marist mission and the role of the Provincial Councils in the unity of the Institute’.

The meeting also had the benefit of the participation of Fr Leonardo Steiner, Secretary General of the CNBB, who gave a presentation entitled : « Called to live unity – Biblical, ecclesial and consecrated life dimension ». The event continued, on 14 and 15 March, with the Ordinary General Assembly, with its agenda : election of the Higher Council and Board of Management of UMBRASIL, presentation of activities, consolidated balance for the year 2012, proposal of a Plan of activities for 2013, as well as discussion of such subjects as the International Marist Youth Meeting, the World Youth Day, the Catholic Expo, and the 5th Marist Mission and Management Meeting.

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