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Second Chapter of the District of Amazônia

17/02/2006: Brazil - Photo gallery

The District of Amazonia held its second District Chapter from the 26th to the 30th December 2005. Participants in this chapter included thirty-three brothers from the District, Brother Lauro Hochscheidt, Provincial of the Province of Rio Grande do Sul and Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General. Father Fernando Lopez, SJ., a member of the itinerant inter-congregational community of Alto Solimões on the borders of Brazil, Colombia and Peru, was also present.

This was an occasion to evaluate and to celebrate. We reflected on the three past years and looked forward to the coming three. We perceived a great desire to incorporate the Marist charism in the reality of the Amazonian people. The brothers affirmed their intention of living a very simple life, well immersed in the reality of modest people and with a good evangelical fervour. It is a matter of integrating the mission in its ecclesial context, in public or ecclesial structures, without making the Marist institution stand out. Education of the people is sufficient and manifests itself in various ways, according to the local situation.

During one afternoon, the Amazonian situation was studied with the help of specialists who had gathered the Marist capitulants with the Franciscan catechist sisters who were celebrating their Provincial Chapter at the same time in the same city.
Special attention was given to evaluating the journey travelled, discerning the priorities of the mission, celebrating the confrères’ jubilees and the renewal of vows of the temporary professed, meeting lay people and sharing abundantly about life.

The Councillors who were elected are Brothers Danilo Bezerra Correia, Jorge Lapa Maia, Sadi Cella and Valdir Gobatto. They will help Brother João Gutemberg to animate the District during his second mandate.
The attention with which the Brother Provincial accompanied the brothers during this great family meeting was remarkable. He was attentive to the signs of renewal of consecrated life which emerged in many of the reflections and times of decision-making.

Brother Seán was a marvellous companion among his brothers: simple and familial conviviality, personal dialogue, moments of formation. Here is an extract of the message that he addressed to the brothers: I hope that you and the new Council continue to build on the good foundations that have been laid previously. Your initiatives, including the itinerant communities, are veritable innovations to which we must all look, in view of the future. The needs of the region are undeniable and the presence of the brothers makes an important difference.

The distances and the isolation in Amazônia are enormous. The custom of being able to bring together all the brothers from the ages of twenty-five to eighty-four, as well as the animators of the Province and of the Institute was thus a loving gift of the Mother of Jesus for the disciples of Saint Marcellin who find themselves in this solidly missionary region.

Brother João Gutemberg, sup. DMA

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