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Appointed New Directors of the Brothers Today Secretariat

08/11/2019: General House

The Superior General and his Council have named Br. Angel Medina Bermúdez (Cruz del Sur) as the new Director of the Brothers Today Secretariat. At the same time, Br. Lindley Halago Sionosa (East Asia Province) has been appointed Assistant Director of the same Secretariat, both for a period of three years. They will take office on January 1, 2020. Br. Angel, the current Deputy Director of the Brothers Today Secretariat, and responsible for accompanying the Lavalla200 communities, replaces Brother Tony Leon (Australia), who has been in charge of the Secretariat since January 2014, first as Assistant Director and, since 2015, as Director. Brother Tony concludes his term as Director at the end of January 2020.

 

Brother Angel Medina Bermudez 

He was born on August 12, 1958 in Albacete, Spain; his parents, Joaquín and Rosa, had four children, Angel taking second place along with his twin brother. His family moved to the north of the country in the 1960s, first to Monzón (Huesca) and then to Tarragona (Catalunya), where he met the Marist Brothers.

He made his initial formation in Barcelona and Lleida, making his first profession in 1979 and his perpetual profession on November 10, 1985 in Les Avellanes. He studied teaching at the Marist University of Alcalá de Henares. After his first experience as a formator in Llinars del Vallés, he was sent to Rome, where he studied Moral Theology. From there he joined the District of Paraguay, where he has spent 24 years in apostolic ministry mainly in formation, in pastoral work and as District Animator.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Conference of Religious of Paraguay and of the presidency of CLAR. In 2010 he was named Director of the Center for Spirituality in El Escorial (Madrid). After six years there, he joined the General Administration to collaborate with Brother Jeff Crowe in the Lavalla200 project as formator and accompanist of the communities.

In September 2018 he was appointed co-director of the Brothers Today Secretariat. He is currently part of the international community in Manziana as coordinator of the team that animates the International Center for Ongoing Formation of the Institute.

 

Brother Lindley Halago Sionosa 

He was born on July 1, 1974 in Polomolok, Philippines. He is the eldest of the five children of Santiago and Hermogena Sionosa. A member of the East Asia Provincial Council since 2013, Br. Lindley completed his primary, secondary and university studies at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in the city of General Santos, Philippines.

He completed his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in March 1995, and in June of the same year, he entered the Marist novitiate. Brother Lindley made his first profession on May 20, 1997. And three years later, in 2000, he completed his scholasticate at MAPAC with a B.A. in Secondary Education in Religious Education. He made perpetual profession on May 20, 2003. Subsequently, he attended the Formators' Course in Nairobi (Kenya) and L'Hermitage (France) between 2005 and 2006.

He worked as an aspirant teacher from 2003 to 2005 and as a postulant teacher from 2006 to 2009 He was also a member of the Preparatory Commission for the XXI General Chapter (2007-2009). He was master of novices from 2010 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been a member of the International Committee of Brothers Today.

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