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Sharing the treasure of formation

24/05/2007: Spain - Photo gallery

The first step in the work that the participants in the International Meeting on “Common Formation Processes for Brothers and Laypeople” accomplished consisted in pooling the formation programmes carried out in the Administrative Units. The fifteen programmes that were proposed highlighted the plurality of initiatives and contents with which the different situations of the entire Institute were responded to and they testified to the wealth of creativity that the Spirit has aroused in the Institute.

Compostela presented its programme “Marist Spirituality Course”; México Central: “Champagnat Day”; Brasil Centro-Sul the project: “VIVEMAR”; Ibérica: “Deepening in faith”; the United States of America: “Sharing Our Call”; Mediterránea: “Provincial Formation Plan for Animators and Catechists”; Rio Grande do Sul: “JEMAR Project”; México Occidental: “Provincial Formation Programme”; Sydney: “Sharing Our Call”; Santa María de los Andes: “Shared Mission 1 and 2”; L’Hermitage: “Marcellin, and after?”; Canada: “Champagnat Pilgrimage”; Cruz del Sur: “Growth in Marist Apostolic Spirituality”; Brasil Centro-Norte: “Workshop on Marist Apostolic Spirituality”; Madagascar: “Provincial Formation Plan for Brothers and Laypeople.”

Once the participants had this institutional panorama of the common formation of brothers and laypeople in their view, obtained through these presentations, and well aware that all that the brothers and laypeople had done was not exhausted by this, they tried to realise a synthesis to discover what is common and what could be possibly missing.

To help in this task, Brother Pedro Larrañaga, a Brother of the Christian Schools, shared an extraordinary reflection in which he showed that the common formation of brothers and laypeople, in his judgement, must be for the community something non-negotiable, and faithful to the Spirit.

With this type of reference, by which the first stage of the method consecrated to SEEING the reality was brought to a close, the participants in the meeting started working to “make an approximation of the fundamental elements which must be taken account of in the common formation processes of brothers and laypeople” in the future. With this proposition the second methodological step was started, consecrated to JUDGING all the contributions made until the present in order to seek agreements and consensus.

Having arrived at the end of the first methodological moment of the work carried out, all the participants in the meeting had an outing to Lleida where they visited the most characteristic aspects of the city; they were able to become familiar with the works that the brothers support there and they shared a meal with the brothers and the laypeople.

Brother Joaquim Paninini, who participated in the meeting at the age of eighty-one, had a small problem with his heart and had to be hospitalised to avoid any complications.

The work was undertaken enthusiastically so as to be able to offer laypeople and brothers a stimulating formative proposition for the future.

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