2023-03-27 FRANCE

Brother Antonio Ramalho appointed superior of the community of Notre-Dame de l’Hermitage

The General Council, in dialogue with the Provincial of the Hermitage Province, has appointed Brother Antonio Ramalho, of the Province of Brasil Centro-Norte, as the new superior of the community of Notre-Dame de l’Hermitage in France. He will replace Brother Maurice Berquet, the present superior, in July 2023.

The Mother House of the Institute, which celebrates 200 years of existence in 2025, is an international community, dedicated to welcoming Marist groups in particular, but also Christian communities in general.

The present community is composed of Brothers Benito ArbuĂ©s (L’Hermitage), Demosthenes Calabria (East Asia), Eladi Gallego (L’Hermitage), JosĂ© Antonio Molina (L’Hermitage), Maurice Berquet (L’Hermitage), Maurice Goutagny (L’Hermitage), Maurice Paul Razanandro (Madagascar), Miquel Cubeles (L’Hermitage) and Rafael Ferreira (Brasil Centro-Norte).

Brother Maurice, in these few words, tells us what it means to live in this special place for the Marist charism:

“To be part of the Hermitage community is mainly to live three experiences: to live in the reliquary of Father Champagnat; as Brother François said: everything in the house speaks of him! To live fraternity without frontiers in a community that we build day after day with our differences of language, culture and history. To live welcoming and accompanying pilgrims, the heart of our mission!”

Br Antonio Ramalho was born in MaceiĂł, Brazil. He has degrees in Philosophy (Pernambuco) and Theology (Louvain, Belgium). In the Province he has been educator, formator and Provincial for 12 years. He was General Councillor for two mandates, from 2001 to 2017. He currently lives in the formation community of Vila Velha, Province Brasil Centro-Norte.

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