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04/05/2018: Philippines
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Inspired by the recent XXII General Chapter in having the gathering beyond Rome in Colombia, the International Commission of Brothers Today followed this example of moving from the centre, with having their annual meeting in the Philippines. 

The meeting was in two parts:  The first part of the meeting was held from April 11 – 17 at the MAPAC where the local community of formators and young men from the districts of Asia and Melanesia made the Commission members very welcomed, even with a welcome meal which included the local delicacy, Balut.

The agenda of the meeting of the International Commission were divided into three main sections:  the dreams of the General Chapter, dreaming of a new initial formation and dreaming of a new ongoing formation. The members contributed with great awareness of the Calls of the XXII Chapter as five of the eight participating members were present at the Chapter.

The second part of the gathering involved the visitation of the Formation houses on the island of Mindanao.  From the 18 – 22 April, six members of the Commission visited the formation houses of the province of East Asia.  These included the Novitiate in Cotobato, the Aspirancy/Postulancy community in General Santos City and the Post Novitiate Community of Fourvière in Lagao. There was also the opportunity to meet the postulants of the Marist District of Asia in Davao.

During this second part of the gathering, the commission also took part in a ‘Come and See’ Vocation weekend, met the Marist Laity at Notre Dame of Marbel University as well as participating in a Marist Family Day in Davao.

The 2018 meeting of the International Commission of Brothers Today was richly memorable, highly informative and a clearer perception of the reality of this vibrant region of our institute was gained, with the direct encounter with the local formators and young brothers in formation.

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