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Br. Emili Turú, Superior General

 

Elected in the XXI General Chapter, on 26 September 2009

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Emili TurúBrother Emili Turú Rofes was born on 24 January 1955 in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). He passed his childhood in Marçà, Tarragona, the youngest of five brothers. He commenced his Marist life in Llinars del Vallès in 1968. He completed his novitiate at Santa Maria de les Avellanes, made his first vows in 1975, and his perpetual ones in 1982.
He obtained his certificate in primary teaching at the University School, Cardenal Cisneros de Alcalá de Henares; his Masters in Catalan from the Free University of Barcelona, and the Licentiate in Theology (Theology of man) from the Teresianum in Rome.

Although he has worked in pastoral ministry with children and young people (from primary through to university), the greater part of his service to the Institute has been in the initial formation of Brothers and in various provincial services. He accompanied young Brothers as director of the scholasticate in Alcalá de Henares, and, since that time, has shown himself as a man concerned about the spiritual life, religious life, and culture. As a formator, he knew how to communicate his passion for poverty and justice and his commitment to the Church.

Later he acted as Delegate for Ministry and Delegate for Education and Province for the then Marist Province of Catalonia.
He played an active part in the organization and development of the Congress of Religious Life in Catalonia, collaborating in the production of the document “What is new requires novelty”, which was a reflection on the future of religious life.
During his time as provincial, he was distinguished for his closeness to the Brothers and the life of the communities. He promoted the animation of educational works, with special emphasis on the lines of ministry, attention to persons, and shared mission with the laity. He was a driving force behind the creation of small communities inserted into working class areas and the development of social projects. He was also involved in co-ordination with Marist Spain and with Marist Europe.

At the XX General Chapter (2001), he was elected to the General Council. As a Councillor he promoted the holding of the International Marist Mission Assembly at Mendes, and the creation of various work groups for Marist youth ministry, university formation, Marist mission and the co-ordination of social works, etc.

His facility at communication and his mastery of different languages has allowed him wide contact with the Marist world for the dynamizing of the Brothers’ mission today.

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