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24 January

Saint Francis de Sales
1810, death of Marie-Thérèse Chirat (64 years old) Marcellin’s mother

Marist Calendar - January

Brother Seán placed this decision



Restructuring of Marist Asia

06/06/2006: General House

The journey of restructuring which the Institute commenced in 1993 has taken a little longer in the Region of Asia, than elsewhere in the Institute. Now, the end point is coming into view.
The process of reflection and consultation has been moving slowly ahead. A further step along the journey was taken at the end of last year when Brother Seán asked the Brothers of the Region of Asia to indicate their preference in relation to two models for the future administrative structure of Asia. More importantly, he also asked them to indicate the reasons for their choice.

During their Plenaries at the beginning of this year, the General Council studied the responses from the Brothers. This was followed by more communication between the General Council and our leaders in the Region. Then, in a letter to each Brothers of the Region, dated April 21st, Brother Seán communicated to the Brothers the decision of the General Council. It was evident that the majority of the Brothers preferred a future structure of two Provinces in Asia, as the better way to ensure the future of our mission in Asia. Brother Sean noted to the Brothers “How encouraging to see the number of you who valued the international nature of our Institute, and saw the future of Marist Asia as an international one.”

One new Province will join together the existing Provinces of China, Philippines and the District of Korea. The other Province will make permanent the new structure that has the Sector of India combined with the Province of Sri Lanka – Pakistan. A new Province will be created for these three countries. Further reflection is to occur in relation to our ministries currently in Japan, Cambodia, and East Timor. In his letter, Brother Seán expressed the hope that the new structures would be in place by the middle or end of 2007.

After acknowledging the challenges that still lie ahead, he thanked the Brothers. “With your good will and active participation, we have arrived at an important decision that will affect the future of our life and mission in your continent. We believe that this decision will best ensure the viability and vitality of Marist life in the region.”

In concluding his letter to the Brothers, Brother Seán placed this decision, and its implications, within the context of our spirit:

Yes, there is much to do. As well, we have the opportunity together to create a future which is bold and responsive to the needs of our day. Our mission demands this of us. Such audacity is part of our heritage. Were Marcellin at our elbows today, we know he would be encouraging us forward. His vision was always focused on the evangelization of young people – in every place in the world. His vision was universal not parochial, and his heart courageous not timid. As Marcellin’s Little Brothers, may we be worthy of our Father.

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