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Javier Espinosa, FMS

As provincial of the Province of Central America, he saw the birth of the first confraternity in his province in 1990. He later developed a formation program for the confraternities. In his many years in formation, he was master of novices, superior of the International College in Rome, on the animation team of the course for formation ministers in Valpré and of the ongoing formation courses at El Escorial. He participated in the International Assembly on Shared Formation in Les Avellanes and in the experience of shared formation in Quito.


Pep Buetas

Pep (Josep) was born in 1968, married with Merce, with 3 children, Anna, Clara and Oriol. All are from Barcelona. He is a Marist educator and as such has been a trainer in youth movements, a professor at the "Maristes la Immaculate" (Barcelona) and in recent years has been in the general coordination of the educational works of Catalonia. About the Laity Animation, he has been responsible for the Provincial Secretariat of communion between Brothers an lay people. He is also member of the European Commission for the communion between Brothers an lay people. With his wife, he did a year experience of international cooperation, in Paraguay, living in the community of brothers. They were part of a ChMMF's fraternity and currently they belong to a group of Marist life, in which live Brothers and lay people.


Tony Clarke

At the present time he is the director of the Commission on Formation in Spirituality for the Province of Sydney. Previously he was director of spiritual formation at Marist College North Shore, north of Sydney. The commission is composed of Brothers, laymen and laywomen. He participated in the International Assembly on Shared Formation in Les Avellanes and in the experience of shared formation at St. Paul-Trois-Châteaux. He became part of the Expanded Bureau of laity in 2008.

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Agnes Reyes

From the Philippines. Graduated in Guidance and Counselling. Obtained the Licentiate in Religious Education in 1996. Was Director of the  Champagnat Community College in the University of  Notre Dame de Marbel. Has been a member of the Ongoing Formation Team of the Brothers and animator of the Champagnat Movement in the Philippines. Has also been part of the evaluation team for Marist schools in Hong Kong and Singapore. Has been a lecturer in the Marist Asia and Pacific Centre, Manila (1998-2004), and member of the International Commission of the EAM, responsible for preparation of the document “Water from the Rock.”  Currently involved in the projectAd gentes.


João Luiz Fedel

É casado com Adalgisa A. Oliveira e divide com ela o compromisso com a espiritualidade e a missão de Champagnat. Trabalha no Setor de Vida Consagrada e Laicato da província marista Brasil Centro-Sul, responsável pelas áreas de animação vocacional, vida consagrada, laicato e patrimônio espiritual marista. Formado em filosofia e teologia, e com mestrado em exegese bíblica, atua na elaboração de subsídios e na condução de processos de formação e vivência marista. Participa ainda da Comissão do Laicato da Umbrasil e da Subcomissão do Laicato da CIAP.


Patrícia Cecília Rios Gomez

Patricia has been married since December 1979. She has three children – two boys and a girl – who have all finished their studies at the Instituto México of BC. She has been a member of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family of the FATIMA (Marist Family of  Tijuana) Institution since 1997. Her husband is also an active member of the Champagnat Movement. In 2005, she took part in the American Meeting of Marist Fraternities at   Fusagasugá, Colombia. She is regional co-ordinator of « One heart, one mission ». Since 2010, she has been a member of the Mixed Commission Brothers-Laity of the Province of « México Occidental ». Patricia has a diploma third cycle in Administration of Educational Institutions and a degree in Sciences of Communication from the ITESM, Monterrey. She is currently secondary director of the Tijuana establishment of the  Province of « México Occidental ».


Raúl Amaya

Married and father of two sons. Chilean of the Province of Santa María de los Andes. Spent two years on the course of Master of Psychospiritual Accompaniment. Is also a Master in School Management and is now studying for the Diploma in Marist Patrimony. Was teacher of literature in theColegio Alonso de Ercilla de Santiago and co-ordinator of guidance in one of the sections of the college. Worked in the college Pastoral and Vocational Ministries. In 2010 was asked by the Province and the Sector to take charge of the co-ordination of the Spirituality and Laity Team of Chile.Is aSector Adviser of the Fraternities and responsible for animating the vocational journey of some 20 lay Marists.


Sylvain Ramandimbiarisoa, FMS

Marist Brother of the Province of Madagascar. He was a formator at the Marist International Centre in Nairobi for 7 years , and then appointed Provincial, a role he filled from 2002 to 2007. At present, he is in charge of Vocations Ministry. As Provincial, he animated Lay Partnership. He took part in the International Meeting on processes of joint formation for Brothers and laity at Las Avellanes, Spain, in 2007. He is currently also responsible for the “Marist Family” of the Province, composed of different bodies: Former students, Marist Youth of Madagascar, Family of Marist Brothers and Laity.

Link Councilor

Antonio Ramalho, FMS

A member of the Province of Brazil Centro-Norte, he is the link general councilor for the Bureau of the Laity. In the former Province of Brazil Norte he worked in formation for a number of years, especially with novices and scholastics. As provincial he kept in close touch with the affiliated members, with the confraternities of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family, and with the lay principals. He made presentations at formation sessions for laity throughout Marist Brazil. He was part of the direction team of the Conference of Religious, both at the national level (CRB) and the continental level (CLAR). As general councilor, he took part in the first American assembly of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family, en Fusagasugá, Colombia.


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