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Formation of Lay Animators

17/05/2019: Philippines

On May 12-13, 2019, twenty-two lay leaders from the different communities in the Philippine, Province East Asia, gathered at the Mission Center in General Santos City to experience a formation journey that rekindled passion for Marist Lay Life.

The Formation of Lay Animators - Phase II - was aimed at knowing more and reflecting on the implications of the direction of the Calls of the 22nd General Chapter, and equipping participants with specific skills necessary in their role as facilitators of Lay Formation.

The key themes that guided the Two-day input and processes include the following:

  • Formation path towards the “New Beginning”;
  • Going more deeply into our relationship with God;
  • Called to journey with the young: Formation of youth guides;
  • Forming homes that nurture life and generating new life; and
  • To be a healing and co-creative presence of our common home.

Said themes took its reference on Br. Ernesto Sanchez’s Final Message at the Closing of the 22nd General Chapter and were explored more deeply in the input, reflection sharing and workshops.

As a result of the formative training-workshop, most participants expressed their affirmation that in their experience, “the flame to respond boldly to the Calls of the 22nd General Chapter was, indeed, ignited!”

Revitalizing Marist lay life entails processes that help deepen Marist values in shared experiences. This require appropriate formation strategies to foster depth and assimilation of Marist life.

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