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Brother Seán Sammon’s presence in Manziana and El Escorial

24/05/2006: General House

The diary of Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, is filled day by day with his service to the brothers and the animation of works; his service is not only to Marists but also to the Church. On this occasion we note the record of his presence among the brothers who are attending the courses organised for mid-life in Manziana and for those experiencing a period of spiritual renewal in El Escorial. As well, he has collaborated with the Brothers of Charity in their General Chapter being held in Rome.

On April 17th and 18, Brother Seán gave presentations on the topic of community to the English-speaking midlife renewal group in Manziana. One Marianist Brother and twelve Marist Brothers make up the group this year at Manziana. They represent the Districts of Melanesia and West Africa as well as the Provinces of Sydney, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Central-East Africa and New Zealand-Pacific Region.

In Manziana, we are now into the final quarter of the 2006 Mid-Life Spirituality Program (English) with 14 Brothers (including one ordained Marianist) and 3 team members (Director, Assistant Director and Chaplain). In total we represent 13 different countries. The International character of our community is a richness for brotherhood and for personal development. Living with Brothers from different languages and cultures provides plenty of opportunity to stretch one’s perspective on life, to question one’s own attitudes and values and to use this time for personal on-going formation.

Brother Seán gave a presentation to the Spanish-speaking midlife renewal group in Escorial on the 11th and 12th of May. The topic was Vitality and it was part of a week long study of Vitality in the Institute. In addition to the presentation, an open forum was held with opportunity for questions and discussion.

Thirty two members of the Brothers of Charity are currently holding their General Chapter in Rome. The theme of the Chapter is: The identity of the religious brother and his task in the development of the values of the world. At the request of their Superior General, Brother René Stockman, Brother Seán gave a conference to the delegates on Tuesday, 16 May on the topic of Identity. The conference was an introduction to the theme of the chapter and touched upon the vision of religious life today with a special focus on the religious brother.

Founded in Belgium in 1807 by Peter Joseph Triest, the Brothers of Charity work with marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded people in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australasia.

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