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VIth Chapter of the Province of L'Hermitage

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From 18 to 22 July 2019,the house of Notre-Dame de L'Hermitage, France, was the setting for the VIth Provincial Chapter of the Marists of France, Catalonia, Greece, Hungary and Algeria. The Chapter, which meets periodically every three years, on this occasion brought together 49 brothers, two laywomen: Imma Amadeo and Michèle Ragni, and two laymen: Pep Buetas and Dani Farràs, to evaluate the present, to open horizons for the future and to choose a team which, around the Brother Provincial, can energise with vitality the evangelising mission and generate values of humanity. The house of L'Hermitage, watered by the river Gier, invites us to drink from its waters the spirituality of Marcellin Champagnat, who built it with the help of the first brothers. We were able to enjoy the company of Brothers Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, and of two General Councillors, Ben Consigli and Joâo Carlos do Prado, all three of whom came from Rome.


A look at reality

Before planning a new trip, it is essential to know the starting point. The reports of the Provincial Council and the Finance Council fulfilthis function. They indicate how far we have come at the end of this three-year period. Transparency and clarity in providing data. Opportunity to become aware of the situation. Possibility of sighting new objectives.


Provincial Forum

The Marist Province of L'Hermitage has many schools, social works and spirituality centres. It is enriched by youth movements, fraternities, life and pastoral groups, men and women's volunteers... Hundreds of lay men and women are committed to the shared mission. Thousands of recipients receive the warmth of their educational action. Marists of Champagnat is the expression that brings together so many people who share life and imagine a better future. The Provincial Forum was a choral symphony with many voices from so many different backgrounds. During this academic year, activities have been generated in five stages up to the point of formulating thirteen recommendations that have been addressed by the Provincial Chapter. All of us, in the same boat, towards a horizon of hope.


Organisational aspects

Religious life today is experiencing great challenges. It is necessary to update the ways of facing reality, of organizing oneself according to the life one wants to live, of responding to the new questions that each epoch raises. Instruments for living together at the service of a simple and fraternal life.


The power of the Gospel

It might seem that the Provincial Chapter resembles an enterprise with no other dimension. The source of motivation lies in listening to the Word of God, in community and personal prayer, in immersing oneself in the mystery of the Spirit expressed in love, in sharing the Eucharist, in the Marian values of the Marist style. If the charism is not the soul of the Marist institutions, all the projects dreamed of would be useless. This is the key to interpretation, which gives meaning to life and mission.


Protection of minors

The protection of minors, in all its aspects, becomes an unquestionable priority. The rights of children and young people are not negotiable. Committed to the Church and society, the Marist Institution shows its priority in favour of the victims. The Marist Province of L'Hermitage has improved all its protection systems and works to achieve excellence in the empowerment of its students and educational targets.


Provincial Council

Every project needs a team of committed people to carry it out. In this sense, each Provincial Chapter culminates in the election of councillors. Brother Pere Ferré has been appointed Provincial by the General Council for a new three-year period 2019-2022. The capitulants elected their team, made up of Brothers Xavier Giné, Mateos Levantinos, Michel Morel, Jaume Parés, Ramon Rúbies and Gabriel Villa-Real. All of them know that they have the confidence of their brothers.

Only from here and now can decisive steps be taken and new paths opened. If they are new, they are often unexplored. The Chapter believes it is possible. Deep convictions and deeply lived commitments. Without being carried away by fear. With joy in our hearts.

Mathaios Levantinos, Jaume Pares, Michel Morel, Pere Ferre, Provincial, Xavier Giné, Ramon Rúbies, Gabriel Villa-Real

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