2010-03-10 BRAZIL

A providential meeting in Curitiba

At the meeting held in Curitiba (Brasil), on 28 and 29 January, between the Enlarged Bureau of Laity and the Marist Laity of Brasil, a touching and curious incident occurred which illustrates the distance travelled by lay Marists all over the world in the last 20 years.

Three lay people from different countries met who had taken part in the last three General Chapters of the Marist Institute: Gonzalo Flamarion (Brasil Centro Norte) who took part in the General Chapter of 1993, which opened the door to the participation of laity for the first time; Ana Sarrate (Ibérica ? Spain), who was at the 2001 one; and Linda Corbeil (Canada), at the last in 2009.

Significantly, the three are part of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist family. In addition, Ana Sarrate and Linda Corbeil, have been members of the Enlarged Bureau of Laity for three years, and Gonzalo Flamarion is the co-ordinator of the CHMMF in his province.

The three shared with other laity and Brothers of Brasil the past, present and future of the Marist laity and its relationship with the Marist Brothers. Their obvious commitment and optimism will doubtless encourage many other lay people who also seek in their lives to follow Jesus in the style of Marcellin Champagnat.

About the meeting held in Curitiba

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