2012-03-01 BRAZIL

CHANGE ? Make the difference!

The Organizing Committee for the International Marist Youth Meeting (IMYM) – event prior to the World Youth Day, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil – met from 15 to 18 February in the Colegio Marista San José, Tijuca, with persons invited from other parts of the world who were present at the two previous meetings (Sidney in 2008 and Buitrago in 2011).

This committee is formed by the Director of the Secretariat of Mission, Br João Carlos do Prado; representatives of the Marist Union of Brasil (UMBRASIL): Br Valdícer Civa Fachi, Br José de Assis Elias de Brito, Ir. Rosmar Rissi, José Messias Pina and João Carlos de Paula; representatives of the 3 Marist Provinces of Brasil that took part in the previous WYDs: Bruno Socher, Malu Resende, Br João Batista Pereira, João Bastos Cunha, Br Luis André, Karen Theline da Silva, Br Deivis Fischer and Jair Dutra, and representatives of the Marist Colleges of Rio de Janeiro: Edson Leite, Br Pedro Jadir de Araújo Melo, Br Marciano de Brito Silva and Michel Nantes. Those invited were Brs Antonio Alegre, Ángel Prieto Hernández, of Spain (co-ordinators of the  2011 IMYM), Daniel Martín, of America Central (participant in the IMYM of Buitrago), and Hendrika Duivenvoorden, a young Australian who took part in the IMYMs of Sidney and Buitrago.

There was some very significant exchange during the 4 days of the meeting between the representatives of the Sidney and Buitrago meetings and the members of the current Organizing Committee. There was also a visit to the site where the meeting will be held. In addition to this, the group was able to push forward with IMYM planning. It was decided that the slogan of the meeting will be the same one proposed by the Holy See for WYD 2013: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28: 19). The theme will be: CHANGE – Make the difference!

The Organizing Committee will meet again on 15 and 16 March in the same Colegio Marista San José – Tijuca, to define the final details for the official launching of the IMYM and continue the work of the  sub-commissions.

Further information on the next World Youth Day can be found on the official site of the WYD Rio 2013: http://www.rio2013.com

Bruno Manoel Socher
Pastoral Sector – PMBCS


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