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

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Assembly and Provincial Chapter of the Province of Cruz del Sur



Relaunching the Provincial Chapter of 2003

26/07/2006: Argentina - Photo gallery

The Province of Cruz del Sur has just held its Provincial Chapter to install Brother Demetrio who is starting his second mandate as Provincial and to appoint six Provincial Councillors who will accompany him in his mission of animation of the province. The new Council includes Brothers Gerardo Accastello, Horacio Bustos, Juan Ignacio Fuentes, Raúl Goitea, Agustín Martínez and Max Meier.

The Chapter Meeting was preceded by an Assembly in which many brothers of the Province and of the District of Paraguay participated. As planned, from the 14th to the 16th July, the Assembly brought together the brothers invited by Brother Demetrio “to live these days with a lot of joy and enthusiasm and to feel responsible” for studying “the situation of the brothers and the communities, and their future.” At the meeting, the community insertion of young brothers was treated, as was their mission, their studies and their active participation in the choices of the Province. One tried to create occasions of enriching encounters between the brothers and the young recipients of our mission, according to their particular culture, and to create stimulating and dynamic communities to enrich community life and vocations ministry in the Province. Finally, one spoke of accompanying the older brothers so that they give a new sense to their life and to their apostolate.

Later, the Provincial Chapter decided not to propose new priorities to the Provincial Council, but to take up those of the 2003 Chapter and to enrich them with stimulating lines of action, capable of producing more life in the Province.

The Chapter presented the Provincial Council with the following priorities:

Concerning identity and mission: To give more sense to our identity and our mission as brothers and lay Marists by a creative fidelity centred on the person of Jesus, as Mary and Marcellin did, by being attentive to the calls coming from our cultural milieu and the attentiveness to the children and young people who are more in need today.

Concerning vocations ministry: To launch a Marist vocations ministry which is linked to catechesis, to school ministry, to youth ministry, to solidarity, to the community and personal life of the brothers, to initial formation, to the laypeople who share the mission with the brothers, by being creative and daring in our new propositions.

Concerning the communities and the life of the brothers: To promote a community animation which allows for the discernment and the process of human and spiritual growth.

Concerning initial formation: To offer an initial formation which “forms men capable of vowing their entire life to God in an apostolic community.” (C 95).

In harmony with these lines of action, we incorporated the propositions of the Assembly which had obtained a large consensus and the majority of the eleven reports that the brothers had sent to the Chapter.

The meeting finished simply with the singing of the Salve and some invocations to thank the Blessed Virgin who had accompanied the brothers with her maternal love during these days.

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