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2nd Vocational Congress of Brazil

01/10/2005: Brazil

From the 2nd to the 6th September, the 2nd Brazilian Vocational Congress was held in which there were about four hundred participants coming from all the dioceses of Brazil. Two of these participants were Marist Brothers, Luciano Osmar Menezes and José Maria Queiroz Lucas.
The first reflection was on Vocational Anthropology, or the human person in the socio-political, cultural and ecclesial contexts, highlighting the personal Christian vocation, the cultural and socio-political context of vocation and of the ecclesial context. They also deepened the theological foundations of the vocational pedagogical method and the stages of the pedagogy of evangelisation. The importance and the meaning of the planning methodology in vocational animation was underlined, starting from the teaching of the Church and including the social, theological and pastoral foundations for planning.

At the concrete level, the conclusion was reached that is necessary:
1. to have an historical vocational animation;
2. to have concrete methodological indications and a vocational culture where there is an ecclesial climate of conscience of the call and human resources;
3. centres of vocational animation; vocational teams; vocational groups;
4. well prepared animators; subsidies; means; instruments and economical resources.
Besides the reflection given by the assistants, the Congress was enriched by the work done in groups, whose results were, soon afterwards, presented to the plenary session. There was also the opportunity to share each other’s vocational experiences.

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