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17 formators take a nine-week course to renew their mission

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Seventeen formators from 12 countries and working in 14 countries – mostly in Africa and Asia – started a nine-week course at the general house that is running from May 15 – July 12.

The content promotes best practices in formation as well as renewing their own personal identity and mission.

The course is a combined team effort of Br Tony Leon, director of the Brothers Today secretariat, Brother Teófilo Minga, formator of Manziana, Italy, and Brothers Antonio Peralta and Joaquim Sperandio, formators of El Escorial, Spain.

“It’s not just professional development, but also personal formation,” affirmed Br Tony.

The bilingual programme in Spanish and English will cover topics such as ecology, new spirituality, affectivity, formation and health and child protection with speakers that include priests, religious and laity.

Its logo, created by Br Tony, represents three of the Chapter’s calls: being a house of light, bridge builders and forming homes.

“Such an international gathering promotes cross pollination of ideas and practices as well as living the first call of the Chapter that we are a global charismatic family,” stressed Br Tony.

The Marist International Colloquium on initial formation held Oct. 4 – 14, 2015, recommended ongoing regional and international gatherings of formators and promoting inter-regional experiences for formators.

The aim of these nine weeks is to firstly provide an environment for current formators to be amongst colleagues in the ministry of formation.  As a community of formators, there will be opportunities to refresh knowledge and to develop contemporary best practices.

During the course, participants will do a week’s pilgrimage to Marist places in France, from June 21 – 30.

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