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Review of Ongoing Formation

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At the end of July(27-29th) there occurred at the General House a meeting of the Teams responsible for the provision of programs of Ongoing Formation at El Escorial (Spain) and Manziana (Italy). Attending the meeting were Brothers Javier Espinosa, David Aranda, Inocencio Martinez, Afonso Levis, Gaston Robert Antoine Kazindu, Des Howard and George Fontana. Thus were represented all the programs offered in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. In attendance at the meeting also was Brother Tom Giardino, who is responsible for all of the world-wide Marianist programs of Ongoing formation. Over the past three years, members of the Marianist congregation have increasing participated in the programs at El Escorial and Manziana. The meeting was hosted by members of the General Council, Brothers Antonio Ramalho, Théoneste Kalisa and Peter Rodney (the Council’s Commission of Religious Life). The last time that the various Teams had met together was in 2002. Since then there has been significant change in Team membership.

This meeting was a key part of an extensive process of evaluating the Ongoing Formation programs for which the General Council is responsible. Prior to the meeting a detailed questionnaire was sent to Provincials, recent participants of the programs, and present and past Team members. Responses were received from more than120 Brothers. This represented a response from about 30% of those who received a questionnaire. The considerable amount of data collected from these responses was synthesized into reports of each of the programs.

The meeting began by providing each of the Teams with an opportunity to share information on the programs they offer. This exchange was very enriching. It provided everyone with encouragement and ideas for the development of their respective programs.

Then the meeting turned its attention to the information produced from the questionnaires. Having studied this carefully, the meeting identified ten areas of concern. A number of these were then studied in greater detail, and lines of action proposed. The ten areas are: the context of the programs within the refoundation of the Institute, the shape of future program, the preparation and follow-up of participants, the interculturality of the programs, developing Marist Apostolic Spirituality, the place of Mary today, development of leadership, development of identity, experiences of solidarity, and the development of processes which encourage active participation.

The meeting concluded with a considerable amount of reflection now being offered to the General Council for decision. This the Council will do in its next Plenary, in January 2007.

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