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International Meeting on the Common Formation Processes for Brothers and Laypeople

23/05/2007: Spain - Photo gallery

The International Meeting on the Common Formation Processes for Brothers and Lay-people took place at Santa María de Bellpuig de les Avellanes from the 14th to the 20th May 2007. This meeting was approved by the General Council and initiated by the Bu-reau of the Laity to respond to the calls of the 20th General Chapter so as to deepen the specific identity of brothers and laypeople thanks to “common formation processes”.

The meeting was opened by Brother Xavier Barceló, Provincial of the Province of L’Hermitage and by Brothers Peter Rodney and Emili Turú, General Councillors. Brother Xavier highlighted the place of the meeting in the setting of a house marked “by a long tradition”. Brother Emili, using the symbolic meaning of the four places of the house connected to water (the fountain in the dining room, the fountain in the reception area, the fountain at the entry to the house and the well that currently provides water to the house), highlighted some characteristics of the way of researching the identity of brothers and laypeople: go to the fountain of living water even if it is necessary to suffer contradictions, to appropriate treasures from the past, to be open to others so as to share and seek at depth. Brother Peter Rodney read the letter written by Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, addressed to the participants of the meeting, in which the transcendence of self stood out, on the way towards “change” and “deeper awareness of the common charism” shared by brothers and laypeople.

This meeting had four objectives: 1. To be aware of the need to promote common for-mation processes for laypeople and brothers. 2. To share the existing principal Marist formation programmes for laypeople and brothers, for the mutual enrichment of each Administrative Unit and of the Institute. 3. To discover the essential elements of these formation programmes both in their aims and in their contents, methodology, experi-ences, etc. 4. To indicate the possible future projections of these programmes at the level of the entire Institute, of each region and of each Administrative Unit.

This is the list of participants delegated by Provinces or Districts: Emmanuel MWANALIRENJI (Southern Africa), Francisco PEREIRA DA SILVA (Brasil Centro-Norte), Lúcia L. COELHO, Joaquim PANINI (Brasil Centro-Sul), Réal SAUVAGEAU, Linda CORBEIL (Canada), Oscar MARTIN VICARIO (Compostela), Pablo VIL-LARMARZO (Cruz del Sur), Frank AUMEIER (West Central Europe), Mayte BAL-LAZ, José LARREA (Ibérica), Jean-Pierre DESTOMBES (L’Hermitage), Sylvain RAMANDIMBIARISOA, Norbert RAZAFINDRALAMBO (Madagascar), Fernando HINOJAL, Julio LOPEZ GADEA (Mediterránea), Manuel VILLARREAL (México Central), Oscar DOMINGUEZ, Irma ZAMARRIPA VALDES (México Occidental), Ifeanyi MBAEGBU (Nigeria), João Batista DA ROCHA, Sérgio L. SCHONS (Rio Grande do Sul), Pedro MARCOS, Carolina VARGAS (Santa María de los Andes), Tony CLARKE (Sydney), Hank HAMMER (United States of America), John KUSI-MENSAH (District of West Africa), Antonio ORTEGA (District of Paraguay),
The members of the Preparatory Commission were responsible for running the meeting: Ana SARRATE (Ibérica), Javier ESPINOSA (C.E. Escorial), Teófilo MINGA (General Administration), Pau FORNELLS (General Administration), Jaume PARÉS (L’Hermit-age).

To facilitate the exchanges, the presence of the following brothers as translators was necessary: Manuel SILVA (Compostela), John ALLEN (United States of America), Paco CASTELLANOS (Compostela), Albert THOMÉ (West Central Europe), Antonio ARAGÓN (L’Hermitage)

Brother Antonio Martínez Estaún (Director of Communications) and the brothers from the community of the spirituality centre of Avellanes: Lluis AGUSTÍ, Isidoro GARCÍA, Jaume PARÉS (L’Hermitage) also participated.

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