2022-10-31 GENERAL HOUSE

3rd phase of the International Forum on the Lay Marist Vocation

The Secretariat of the Laity of the Marist Institute will welcome 100 participants from across the world in Rome, from 4 to 11 November 2022, to discernment about the Lay Marist Vocation.

The International Forum on the Lay Marist Vocation is a pro­cess of dialogue and discernment to which all Administrative Units are invited and which will run over four years. The in­tention is to provide answers to a series of questions being asked by lay Marists in dif­ferent parts of the world.

This process of reflection and discernment has as its central focus the vocation of the lay Marist, its formation and accompaniment, the possible ways of bonding to the charism, and reflection on the organization of the laity in associative structure (civil and/or canonical). It is a dialogue on the present of the Marist laity, the future we dream of, and the communion with the Brothers for a greater vitality of the charism.

The second phase of the Forum concluded in July with the local and Province gatherings. The third phase will take place in Rome, the Residential International Forum, with representatives from all the Administrative Units.

The meeting starts on November 4th and will end on November 11th, 2022. It will be held at the Spiritual Retreat House Nostra Signora Madre della Misericordia.

For that meeting, the Secretariat of Laity has set the following orientation and objectives:

Together as lay women, lay men, and brothers, around Mary and Marcellin and in harmony with the Holy Spirit, we want to:

  • To live a deep experience of the Global Christian Family in communion, co-responsibility, and spirit of discernment.
  • To become aware of the Marist laity’s current reality and plan for its future.
  • To reflect on the contributions of the Administrative Units to the four objectives of the International Forum, with emphasis on objectives 3 and 4.
  • To seek consensus on the key themes for the future of the Marist laity, based on the four objectives of the Forum, to be deepened, elaborated, and decided at the virtual Forum of 2024.
  • Suggest ways to plan and organize the next steps of the Forum for the years 2023 and 2024: teams, themes, deadlines, and methodology.

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