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LHermitage Province: II Chapter

01/09/2006: France

The Provincial Chapter of L’Hermitage Province took place in ND de L’Hermitage from the 3rd – 8th August. The Assembly consisted of 51 Brothers Capitulants, 6 invited lay people and Brother Emili Turú, General Councillor. Also there to assist were 3 auxiliary secretaries, 3 translators and Father Germaine Ronzon, Marist Father, chaplain of the community.

Brother Xavier Barceló, elected for a second term, opened the Chapter officially on Thursday 3rd at 15 h. Brother Emili Turú, on behalf of Brother Superior General, thanked Brother Xavier and his outgoing Council for their devotion and dedication, as well as the generosity of Brother Xavier on again accepting this service to the Brothers. He likewise acknowledged the appointment made by the General Council, putting in place the second term of Brother Xavier.

The rest of the afternoon was given over to choosing the Central Commission, as well as approving the Rules of the Chapter.
Day 4 was dedicated to the evaluation of the triennium 2003-2006. For this was taken as a basis the Plan of Government of the outgoing Provincial Council complete with reports from different commissions (mission, laity, formation, Service of Marist Works, Tutelle, Marist areas, older Brothers…) the secretarial services and the provincial administration. The work in small groups served to underline the strong points and the weaknesses of the triennium, as well as identifying signs of vitality for the future.

Starting from the work of the previous day, day 5, following various dynamics a process was put in place to move towards the priorities or guidance that the Chapter will offer to the new provincial Council, together with the complete reflection carried out in the course of these days in the different groups or in the assembly. This same day 5 saw the start of discussion on the Norms of the Province which have been followed ad experimentum for the last three years.
On Sunday morning of day 6, the Chapter approved a special recommendation to draw together the work of the groups of the previous days. Next a reflection took place on how to relay information from the Chapter to the Province.

In the church of the house, which was packed out, the capitulants celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration with Christians from the surrounding areas. And in the afternoon we went on pilgrimage to La Valla-en-Gier. A period of prayer in the chapel of Notre-Dame de Pitié, and then a festive celebration in our house of La Valla served to say goodbye to our invited lay friends...

On day 7 the provincial Norms were approved and will be presented for the approval of Brother Superior General and his Council. Also on that day the process of choosing the new Provincial Council began, ending on the following day.

On day 8, the Provincial Council was chosen, consisting of the following 8 Brothers: Miquel Cubeles, Jean-Claude Christe, Jean-Pierre Destombes, André Déculty, Pere Ferré, Maurice Goutagny, Josep María Soteras, and Gabriel Villa-Real.

After the election of the Council, the Chapter approved a Message to the Province. At the end of the morning, Brother Emili Turú, General Councillor, addressed the assembly, using the image of the motto One heart, one mission, to encourage the Brothers to continue in their determination to build a dynamic, united and committed Province.
The Chapter closed with some words of thanks from Brother Xavier Barceló, Provincial, and his encouragement to each capitulant to be the first to convey the chapter to his own community.

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