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Interview with Br Norbert Mwila

06/08/2013: General House

The International Commission Brothers Today met in Rome from 4 to 11 July. On this occasion, we spoke with some of its members. We present today a conversation with Br Norbert Mwila, of the Province of Southern Africa / África Austral. He was born in Zambia and lives now in Mozambique, working in the Novitiate

What does it mean for you to be a brother today?
Is to live fully and vibrantly the call to  Marist life as originally intended by our founder, St. Marcellin but in our present day world’s reality with the seemingly tough challenges we all face as we live in a much more rapidly changing world regarding the age of high levels of technology and how to understand and live out our Marist spiritually now in a  meaningful way.

Is the animation of vocations an the initial formation an important mission for the Institute? How should we go about doing it, in your opinion ?
Judging from what I see in terms of initiatives that are taken and still continued to be explored, it sends out a clear signal that animation of vocation and initial formation have been given a special place of concern as vital and something to regard with a particular priority.

Unless the new life of Marist way is passed onto to the current and up-coming generations, it risks diminishment.

It’s a basic and primary responsibility of every brother to play a key role in encouraging and giving a supportive role to those considering Marist Religious life either as brothers or as lay which is another form of living out the Marist spirituality in our century.

Almost 200 years from the foundation of the Institute, what are the challenges for the brothers, today?
St. Marcellin’s deep sentiment is still strongly felt right through to the 21st century. “We need brothers.” And even much more when faith nurturing and development especially in the lives of the young people is critical.

An added element of widening the mind frame of understanding Marist spirituality is to equally support the section of the lay Marist who feel similarly attracted to our way of life other than being brothers.

While promoting brotherhood life style we equally encourage Marist laity in it’s new form.

Are the challenges taken on by Marcellin still relevant ?

They are, this is realized in the challenge that was in Marcellin’s frame of mind that, “All the dioceses fall under our plan.” A special understanding that embraces a call to be brothers for the Institute and not with a mere limitedness to a particular geographical area but rather a global view.

What particular experiences of the brothers of your region could be an example for Institute?
That the young people and the underprivileged have a special place of consideration in our ministry.

Schools, learning institutions and parishes make up basic places to meet up with young people.

Moments of sharing and celebrating together special events like retreats, seminars and Marist feasts like Champagnat Day celebration.


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