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1st Martyrs of Rome
1858: Jeanne-Marie Chavoin died, Foundress of the Marist Sisters, in Jarnosse, France
Our dreams will without doubt become reality in the measure that we all assume in our lives and our communities the principles the General Chapter has enunciated in order to consolidate our identity, principles expressed in the first future horizon: A new consecrated life which promotes a new way of being brother.
All the efforts, activities, programmes, dreams and tasks of this Secretariat will be pleasantly rewarded to the extent that the various organs of animation and government at all levels (local, provincial, regional and institutional) rise to the challenges presented to religious life, starting from the richness of the geographic and cultural diversity of our Institute.
We invite each brother and each lay Marist to take up his/her share of responsibility in the task of engendering and accompanying the life of new and enthusiastic Marist vocations, feeling themselves partners and heirs in today’s world of the charism of Champagnat. May the road towards the Bicentenary of our foundation be one more encouragement and reason to live the enthusiasm which characterized Marcellin and so many brothers and lay Marists who have scattered the seeds in numerous parts of the world.