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Retreat for Brothers and Laypeople in the Province of Brazil Centro-Sul

03/08/2019: Brazil

“Marist Apostolic Spirituality” was the theme of the 2019 Retreat for Brothers and Laypeople which brought together 30 people in the Champagnat hermitage in Florianopolis.

“The significance of this retreat is that it was conducted as a joint exercise with Brothers and Laypeople. The openness of the Brothers and their witness made this rich experience of living our charism in a spirit of communion possible. This is what the XXII General Chapter asked of us, that we become a global charismatic family,” explained João Luis Fedel Gonçalves, the Province Director of Identity and Mission.

Gustavo Balbinot, a layman from the Province of Brazil Sul-Amazonia and member of the Interamerican Network on Marist Spirituality, led the reflections.  

“A retreat is always a passionate adventure aimed at producing something new within us; a special occasion for reflecting on our lives with their lights, learnings, shadows, challenges and above all the marvellous call of God, calling us and uniting us to Himself – together – to be refreshed and increase the value of our lives for our own sakes as well as for others, in daily life, in how we live our vocations, our relationships in family and community, and our mission,” added the Provincial, Br. Bene Oliveira.

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