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27/04/2010: General House - Photo gallery

Changeover in the General Secretariate
Brother Jean Ronzon has completed his term of service as Secretary General of the Institute. He began work for the General Administration in 2003, when he replaced Brother Richard Dunleavy. Brother Pedro Sánchez de León has now replaced him. Brother Jean returned to his homeland – France – by bicycle, the same way he had come to Rome. This fresh exploit, at the age of 63, has once more shown his love for cycling and his physical prowess. The return to his Province ended at La Valla, where his new mission will commence as a member of the community.

The whole community of the General House assembled in front of the entrance to see him off on his « tour ». The Superior General lowered the white flag for the start, which was warmly applauded by all present. Brother Roger Charrier, of the Saint-Étienne community, accompanying him in a car, assured our cyclist of the necessary technical and logistic support.

Jubilee clebrations

In the framework of the Easter celebrations, the members of the community of the General House celebrated the 25 years of religious life of Brother Rick Carey (USA) and the 50 years of Brothers Jude Pieterse (Southern Africa) and Javier Ocaranza (México Occidental). Rick is in charge of the FMSI (Fondazione Marista per la Solidarietà Internazionale), the office which co-ordinates all the solidarity projects of the Institute. Brother Jude Pieterse, attached to the Ad Gentes sector, has his residence in Rome to assure the follow-up of financial support needed by the Sector and to obtain resources for the projects. Brother Javier is responsible for the financial administration of the General House and organises all comings and goings to the airport.

The celebration was in three stages. First the Eucharist, during which the jubilarians expressed their reasons for thanking God and the Institute for their years in religious life. Then the festive meal, to toast the lives of the Brothers. Finally, the evening gathering, where each had the opportunity to share something of his life with the community. The members of the General Council as well as those of the General Administration presented each of the jubilarians with a souvenir of this special day.

Official Photo

The official photo of Brother Emili Turú, new Superior General, has been published and circulated around the General House. For many it was a real surprise to see him in a black soutane. At this time, copies requested have been sent to the Provinces for the houses and works.

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