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Brothers Today secretariat to hold five programmes

31/01/2018: General House

Five formation programmes are being organised for 2018 by the Brothers Today secretariat for middle aged and third age Brothers, each eight-weeks long.

· THRESHOLDS will be held in El Escorial, Spain, from Feb. 8 – April 4, for Spanish and Portuguese speaking Brothers only, aged 61 – 70.

· CURRENT FORMATORS will be held at the general house in Rome, Italy, from May 15 – July 12, for English and Spanish speaking Brothers.

· HORIZONS will be held in El Escorial from Aug. 17 – Oct. 17, for Spanish and Portuguese speaking Brothers only, aged 35 – 45.

· AMANECER will be held at the general house from Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 for Spanish and Portuguese speaking Brothers, aged 65 and over.

· THIRD AGE will be held at Manziana, Italy, from Oct. 8 – Dec. 8 for English speaking Brothers, aged 65 and over.

All of the programmes include around a week’s pilgrimage to Marist places in France, such as Notre Dame de l’Hermitage (Saint-Chamond).

In a letter to the provincials and district superiors on Jan. 16, Brother Tony Leon, director of the Brothers Today secretariat, encouraged them to send formators to participate in the CURRENT FORMATORS programme.

“This programme aims to renew their energy, to help recognise the implications of the call of the third century (of the Institute) and be recognised by other fraternal colleagues involved in their sacred task of the formation of strong minds and gentle hearts,” he wrote them.

Br Tony underscored that the HORIZONS programme “tries to offer formative elements that respond to the human and spiritual needs of this life stage (35 – 45 years old) of the brothers” and includes the possibility of completing a section of the Camino de Santiago.

“It is a great opportunity for the brothers of this course to reduce their speed and reflect with the totality of their being, mind heart and muscles,” he added.

The programmes held at El Escorial are led by Brothers Antonio Peralta and Joaquim Sperandio, while the programmes held at Manziana are led by Brother Teófilo Minga.

The programmes that are held at El Escorial are run by Brothers Antonio Peralta and Joaquim Sperandio. This year, the English language courses in Manziana are not carried out, except for the THIRD AGE course led by Brother John Klein. The AMANECER course held in the General House for the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Brothers is led by Brothers Landelino Ortega and Afonso Lewis.

Participants for the THRESHOLDS programme have already been confirmed. Any Brothers wishing to participate in CURRENT FORMATORS or in HORIZONS can contact Br Tony at tleon@fms.itby the end of February. 

Letter to the Provincials: English | Español

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