2023-12-02 GENERAL HOUSE

Br. Ernesto Sánchez participates in the joint UISG – USG meeting on Synodality

“In many areas, it is important to move soon to get closer to the current generations and promote evangelical values,” mentioned Brother Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, during the joint meeting of the unions of superiors general (USG and UISG), held in Sacrofano (Rome), from November 22 to 24, with the theme “Synodality: A Renewed Call to the Prophecy of Hope.” The event had the participation of more than 250 Superiors and General Superiors.

Some delegates of the Superiors General who participated in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October shared their experiences on Synodality. Together with Brother Ernesto Sánchez (Superior General of the Institute of the Marist Brothers), also shared their reflections Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ; Sister Patricia Murray, IBVM; Br. Mark Hilton, SC; Sister Mary Barron, OLA; Fr. Mauro Giuseppe Lepori, O. Cist.; Sister Maria Nirmalini, A.C.

When speaking about the content aspects of the Synod, Brother Ernesto mentioned: After living the experience of this Synod Assembly, I feel that I have better connected with the diversity of leadership service roles in the Church. It has been impressive the simple and fraternal relationship that we have experienced together during that month. I think we need to delve deeper into the topic of our personal and common testimony, our lifestyle, within a social context in which we live with great challenges. In many areas, it is important to move soon to get closer to the current generations and promote evangelical values. I am excited by the doors that are opening in this synodal process. There is a positive movement, although there is no shortage of critics and opponents, don’t let that discourage us. And, at the same time, personally experience the process of inner listening to the Spirit, that will move us to a continuous personal conversion, without which it will be difficult to take steps forward.” (Download the complete document of Br. Ernesto)

Later, Sr. Elizabeth Mary Davis, RSM, Fr. Tesfaye Tadese, MCCJ and Sr. Elysée Izerimana, SDN Op. spoke about the challenges of Consecrated Life. On the second day of the meeting, the participants met with Pope Francis. And in the afternoon, before concluding, the participants heard testimonies from two Superiors General: The Sister Miriam Altenhofen, SSpS, Superior General of the Servants of the Holy Spirit, and Fr. Miguel Márquez, OCD, Superior General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, who valued “the role of Mary and the importance of trusting in her role as Mother ”.


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