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Meeting of Brazilian young brothers

22/07/2006: Brazil

After sixteen years, the young Marist Brothers from all of Brazil met at Campinas, São Paulo, to share their life and to speak of the challenges and the hopes of Marist religious life. There were eighty-seven from three Provinces: Brasil Centro-Norte, Brasil Centro-Sul, Rio Grande do Sul.

The atmosphere of joy and of fraternity could not have been better. The vitality of the group and the courageous reflections proved that the young brothers are very active in their respective Provinces for renewing the charism and responding to the calls of the Institute and the Church.

An important aspect of the meeting was the presence of the three Provincials from Brazil and of Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, who offered a reflection on various aspects of Marist life.

The themes developed in small groups treated community life, mission, restructuring, partnership with the laity, spirituality, and new forms of the experience of charism. Despite the difficulty of the subjects touched on, the reflections were very profound. One could also note how the young brothers felt available and co-responsible vis-à-vis Marcellin’s charism.

As Brother Seán lucidly remarked: “Every dream brings vitality because it is linked to commitment. Thus, the dream is one thing for which it is worth spending your life.” In this perspective, the meeting allowed the young brothers’ dreams for Marist religious life in Brazil to be better known for they serve their very reason for being: following Jesus in the way of Mary, as Marcellin did.

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