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Fifth Meeting of the Asia Laity Commission

29/08/2017: Sri Lanka

The Asia Laity Commission held its fifth meeting from Aug. 10 – 12 at the Tulana Jesuit Research Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for further developing Marist spirituality among brothers and lay in Asia.

Its six members are Agnes Reyes (Convenor), Brother Dominador Santiago (East Asia), Elma Rafil (East Asia), Jude Preman (South Asia), Brother Roshan Silva (South Asia) and Brother Ismael Valls (MDA).

They joined the Asian Spirituality Team composed of Brothers Domingo Lee (Korea), Max Meier (MDA) and Sunanda Alwis (South Asia).

Specific enabling objectives were identified and proposals were delineated to achieve the goal of forming brothers and lay imbued with Asian spirituality and zealous promoters of the “Marian face of the Church” in their respective ministries.

Brother Sunanda Alwis, coordinator of the laity of South Asia, invited the members of the Asia Laity Commission to offer support to the brothers and lay of South Asia who were receiving joint formation on leadership.

Brother Ismael Valls told participants from Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and India his experience in mission and laity collaboration in China.

Agnes spoke about the vocation of the laity and Elma gave a testimony on being a member of the Champagnat Movement.

A Jesuit priest, Father Aloysius Pieris, provided valuable input that guided the reflections in the meeting. During the said meeting, Brother Réal Sauvageau, from the International Novitiate, Tudela, and Thushari Surweera, a lay collaborator from Sri-Lanka, joined the event as observers.

One of the participants underscored that they dream for “a joyful, bolder, stronger Marist Brothers and Lay in service, together.”

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