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Meeting of the Animators of the Fraternity in Guadalajara

11/03/2019: Mexico

The Coordination Team of the Marist Fraternities in Mexico organised the meeting of animators of the Fraternities of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family (MCFM) in Guadalajara on the 22nd and 23rd of February.

The group met in the "Spacio La Valla" Centre and consisted of 40 lay people and Brothers, to study in depth the topic of the lay Marist vocation and how to accompany this process in the Movement.

Ana Saborio Jenkins, from the Extended Secretariat of the Laity, took part in the meeting and animated part of this experience by organising a period of reflection to discuss ways and means of furthering communion of lay people and Brothers in living the Marist charism. This led to an interesting discussion on the characteristics of a christian community and recognised the contribution which the Marist Fraternities, as living communities, offers the Church as a reflection of the Marian face.

They also studied in depth the role of the laity as animators of the community and they recognised their responsibility as Christians and as lay Marists to live the charism, starting with a process of vocational discernment as proposed in the new Project of Life of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family.

The whole experience was very enriching, as it was possible to feel the fraternity, to share the joy of being Marists and encouraging each other to take up the new challenges of their future communion. 

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