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FMS Message 48


22nd General Chapter
Year XXXII - 04/2018

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During 44 days, an international community of Brothers and Laity, enthusiastic about the Charism of Marcellin, celebrated the XXII General Chapter for the first time outside Europe, in Colombia. I would summarize the encounter as a process during which there was the attempt to discover what God wants the Institute to be and to do during the next eight years. This magazine intends to communicate what was lived during that event. It is not an easy task, since words are not capable; it is not possible to transmit with words all the dynamics that were lived.

We give the word to the participants, who tell us what they lived not only recounting the facts, but especially describing the sentiments they experienced, with the hope that this way of communicating can maintain alive the memory and provoke the life of all the Marists of Champagnat, Brothers and Sisters, during the next eight years.

These are only some brushstrokes of everything that was lived from September 8 to October 20, 2017. Each participant would still have much more to tell and certainly, in the local realities, he will already have said what heexperienced.

The magazine is presented in chronological manner, also recalling the pre-Chapter journey. The Chapter in itself, the process of the discovery of the reality around us and the challenges derived from becoming conscious, aware, are presented starting from the witnesses and documents that the Chapterprepared.

May those pages serve as a living memory and can help the Institute to journey as a global family.

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