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Provincial Chapter of the Province of West Central Europe: “Be without fear”



Twenty-one brothers and three elected laypeople constitute the Chapter assembly

09/05/2006: Belgium - Photo gallery

From the 17th to the 23rd April, in this time totally impregnated with Paschal joy, the Chapter assembly met at Groot-Bijgaarden (Brussels).
This Chapter was preceded by some Provincial Assemblies and preparatory meetings. All of this was able to give a climate of work and of serenity by already indicating the themes for the Chapter’s agenda.

Twenty-one brothers and three elected lay people constituted the Chapter assembly. The assembly was also very happy to have the presence of Brother Peter Rodney, General Councillor. The few words given on behalf of Brother Seán Sammon were words of thanks to Brother Jacques Scholte and of encouragement to Brother Joe McKee and to all the Province. Thus we have been invited to look to our future which we need to construct day by day.
It was a powerful moment when our young Province, only six years old, was placed into the hands of our new Provincial, Brother Joseph McKee. A cross received at the start of Brother Jacques Scholte’s mandate symbolised this passage.

The meetings, either in the whole group or in small groups were marked by fraternity, attentive listening and joy. It was necessary to give the new Provincial and his Council judicious ways for this first mandate of three years. Each of the celebrations, of prayer or the Eucharist, reminded us that this time is filled with Life and a hope given by the presence of the resurrected Christ amongst us.

The Chapter was able to look at themes such as leadership, partnership, the formation of brothers and laypeople, vocations, mission, the elderly and sick brothers and community.
At the conclusion of this Chapter, we were sent on our human and Marist ways by Brother Joe without fear, which was the slogan of the Chapter, but above all with strength, faith and hope which are Marist characteristics.

The new Provincial Council is: Brendan GEARY, Patrick John Mc GOWAN, Maurice TAILDEMAN and Robert THUNUS.

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