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Encounter Brothers and Laity

29/11/2019: Chile

On Saturday, November 23 in Santiago de Chile the first Encounter of Laity and Brothers of CEM, took place,  united by the motto, “We share a common dream, that of Marcelin”.  Approximately 110 persons participated from different parts of the country, among pupils, Brothers, Laity who participate in the Movement of Marist Laity of Champagnat and of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family, and Principals of schools and members of the animation teams and of Government.  The encounter was organized by and animated by the Team Brothers, coordinated by Brother Patricio Pino and by the Field or Sphere of Evangelization coordinated by Rossana Avendaño.  Raúl Amaya, from the Secretariat for the Laity also accompanied this experience.

The great objective was to know one another, to enrich ourselves and to accompany one another according to the dream of Champagnat, projecting a common road. The methodology was to live a personal and shared experience that would permit us to recreate our Charism, for which it was necessary to remember our dreams, recognizing that those dreams lead to decisions that dialogue with reality.  Here other persons integrated, because to carry out what is decided, we need the others.  We recognize these processes in the road of Champagnat and of the first Brothers and we see them in the personal and shared road with our family and the communities.  

The encounter ended with a marvelous dance in which we all danced holding hands in the rhythm of fraternity, of the mission and of the Marist spirituality.  The Spirit of God was present, since we all enjoyed the simple dialogue, sharing at the table, the provoking laughter because of the games, the prayer, the music, the reflection and the communion of our Charism. 

This lived experience permits us to take an additional step to recognize ourselves as a charismatic family, to enrich our Marist identity, which has been gifted to us with the diversity of our vocational expressions, and to become aware that we need one another and for this it is necessary to mutually accompany one another in the vocational road, feeling invited to revitalize a fraternal horizontal, simple Marian Church.   

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