2022-06-22 GENERAL HOUSE

General Administration Forum on the Lay Marist Vocation

The laity and brothers of the General House met all morning on June 17 to complete the process of the local phase of the International Forum on the Marist Vocation. The entire General Council also participated. Brother Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, concluded the process, thanking everyone for their participation and emphasizing that there is room for everyone at the La Valla table.

The proposed process consisted of seven meetings, during which the four objectives proposed by the Secretariat of the Laity were discussed: The Marist vocation and the vocation of laypeople, Pathways and processes of formation and mentoring, Bonding and belonging to the Marist charism Civil and canonical structures of association.

In the same way, there was a special meeting to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Marist Vocations on May 20.

The team that prepared the process was formed by Andrea Rossi and Luiz Da Rosa and by Brothers João Carlos do Prado, Sylvain Ramandimbiarisoa, Luis Daniel Herrera and Lindley Sionosa. The meetings counted on the participation of several people who helped to pray and reflect on the proposed themes. Among them were Manu, from the Secretariat of the Laity, and Gianluca, from the mixed community of Giugliano. Luiz da Rosa will represent the General Administration at the face-to-face Forum to be held in Rome in November.

The main objective of the last meeting was to elaborate a synthesis that will be sent to the Secretariat of the Laity as a contribution of the General Administration to the process of global reflection on the lay Marist vocation.

Among the topics discussed, the following stand out:

  • To continue with the promotion of meetings that allow to deepen the Marist vocation and in particular the lay Marist vocation.
  • To propose a formation based on common elements and not on pre-established models.
  • To carry out actions of solidarity that put into practice the Marist charism.
  • To clearly define the different levels of bonding and belonging proposed: professional collaboration, mission, life and spirituality.

The final meeting concluded with the Eucharist celebrated in the chapel of the General House and with lunch in the garden, where each participant brought a dish to share.


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