Australia: Oceania Parternship Commission
1808: Brother François (Gabriel Rivat), 1st Superior General, was born in Maisonettes, France
« The spirit of the XX General Chapter, the horizon of the Marist Bicentenary and a greater awareness of our internationalism press us to live a new consecrated life, firmly rooted in the Gospel, which promotes a new way of being brother. »
In the programme of animation and government which the General Council wants to promote, the Secretariat Brothers today is the organization which seeks to dynamize and encourage on a number of fronts everything applying to the life and consecration of the Marist Brother, from the first moments of the call to the stages of formation along the way, as well the essential aspects such as community life, spirituality, our Marist patrimony, and the elements shaping our consecration as religious brothers.
Starting from the different approaches the Institute has made during recent years, the Secretariat Brothers today was born to follow up the efforts undertaken by organizations such as the Bureau of Vocations (2003-2006), the Religious Life Commission (2005-2009), the Marist spirituality movement deriving from the document Water from the Rock, among others, in their time and which today constitute an excellent starting point for dynamizing the Secretariat.