2021-10-21 GENERAL HOUSE

An Integral Ecology: message from the Marist International Mission Commission

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The eighth message of the Marist International Mission Commission is an invitation to reflection and action regarding the care of our common home: “We unite ourselves with the approach which Pope Francis proposes in the encyclical Laudato Si, called an “integral ecology”, which incorporates both human and social dimensions.”

The message was prepared by Brothers Francis Lukong and Ángel Diego García Otaola, directors of the Institute’s Solidarity Secretariat.

The text, inviting us to walk in the perspective of integral ecology, underlines a challenge already present in the last General Chapter: “It is for us ‘to abandon the culture of our egos and promote the ideas which reduce the scandal of indifference and of inequality’. In this way, will be awakened ‘an ecological awareness which involves us in the care of our common home’.”

The Marist International Mission Commission

The Commission was set up to facilitate the networking of secretariats, networks and regions in an integrated and sequential manner. The Commission will help leaders to reflect on the initiatives and implementation processes of the Strategic Plan projects in the field of Mission  at global, regional and province levels. At the same time, the aim of the International Commission is to coordinate the different initiatives and actions of the Regions, Networks and General Administration in order to maximise their impacts and effects.

The members of the Commission:

Br Luis Carlos Gutiérrez Blanco (Coordinator, Vicar General), Br Ben Consigli (General Councillor), Br Ken McDonald (General Councillor), Br Francis Jumbe (Region of Africa – Southern Africa Province), Christophe Schiezte (Region Europe – Prov. Hermitage), Br Rodrigo Espinosa (Region of Arco Norte – Central Méixo Central), Br Alberto Guillermo Aparicio (South America Region – Cruz del Sur Province), Br. Kevin Wander (Region Oceania – Dist. Pacific), Br. Farancis Rahmat (Region of Asia – East Asia), Br. Ángel Diego García Otaola and  Francis Lukong (Solidarity Secretariat), Br. Valdícer Fachi (Cmi), Br. Carlos Alberto Rojas Carvajal and Br. Okolo Mark Omede (Education and Evangelisation Secretariat), Br. José Libardo Garzón Duque (General Econome) and Br. Gregorio Linacero Melón (Project Management of the Strategic and economat), Br. Manuír Mentges (Network of Universities – Prov. Brasil Sul-Amazonia), Frank Malloy (Schools Network- Prov. Australia), María del Socorro Álvarez (Solidarity Network – Prov. México Central), and other person to be appointed (Marist Youth Network – Prov. Compostela).

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