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This is a new secretariat which is one step towards answering the call of the XXIst General Chapter. This call was also signalled to us in other gatherings such as BIS review (2004); Mendes – Conference of Marist Laity; the General Conference in Sri Lanka and its affirmation of Asia – Mission Ad Gentes and previous General Chapters
Brother Emili in his March 2011 letter to Provincials and District Superiors recalled some of the proposals for action of the XXI General Chapter:
This secretariat joins four other secretariats of the General Council: Mission; Laity; Brothers (known as ‘Brothers Today’); Solidarity (operating as FMSI)
The action word in the name of the secretariat is collaboration – with other secretariats, provinces, districts, brother and lay Marists throughout the world.
This is a new venture which is presently in its gestation period. The birth is due with the plenary sessions of the General Council in January 2012.