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‘The Marist family feels called to be beacon of hope in a turbulent world’



Coffee-Colloquium in Orense

02/05/2018: Spain

A hundred parents, professors and alumni met at the Colegio Marista Santa María school in Orense, Spain, on April 17 to participate in a “coffee-colloquium” promoted by the Instituto de Estudios Maristas (Institute of Marist Studies) of the Pontifical University of Salamanca .

Brother Ken McDonald, general councillor, presented the main challenges and opportunities of the Marist world in the 21st century.

“The Marist family feels called to be a beacon of hope in a turbulent world, to walk with children and young people, and to respond boldly to emerging needs,” said Brother Ken, who is in Santiago de Compostela since March 1 for a Spanish course that will end on April 30.

During the previous colloquium, concerns were shared about how to adapt the global calls of the Marist world to the reality of the presence of the congregation in Orense and, through education, creatively transform our society.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Fernando González, director of the IEM, contextualized this activity in the 12 years of trajectory of the Institute of Marist Studies, which aims to facilitate opportunities to reflect on various topics related to the Marist institution.

The school director, Fernando Ampudia, invited the participants to continue making the educational dream of Saint Marcellin Champagnat a reality, forming young people of the 21st century.

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