2022-01-02 GENERAL HOUSE

Guide for the Year of Marist Vocations

20 May 2022 – 6 June 2023

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Today, on the 205th anniversary of the Institute, we are making available to all Administrative Units the Guide for the Year of Marist Vocations, which will be inaugurated on 20 May. It will be a special time to celebrate the Marist vocation of Brothers and Lay Marists. The year will end on the feast of St. Marcellin Champagnat, June 6, 2023. Several activities will be carried out during this year, under the coordination of the Brothers Today Secretariat. Resources and other initiatives will be available on the Institute’s website, in the session dedicated to this Year.

Last December, the logo that will accompany the Institute during this special time, a time of “Caring and generating Marist life”, as the motto of the Year of Marist Vocations recalls, inspired by the circular of Br. Ernesto Sanchez, Homes of Light, was unveiled.

Below is the presentation of the Superior General of the Guide for the Administrative Units.

A time to strengthen our identity and charism

Last June 25th, in my letter to the Provincials and District Leaders, I announced the Year of Marist Vocations. I expressed it in this way: “we propose that the Institute dedicate a year to take up the theme of Marist vocations again with vigour and enthusiasm through promoting a renewed culture of vocation. The proposal is to carry it out from 20 May 2022 to 6 June 2023. These dates bring to mind the history of our origins when there was an impressive surge in vocations between 1822 and 1823, after the great vocation crisis suffered by the Institute just a few years after its beginning. Marcellin’s experience 200 years ago, with great faith and trust in God and Mary, can be a key point of motivation for this initiative”.

I encourage all the Administrative Units to reflect and make a plan to live this year, being a Global Marist Family, as a time to strengthen our identity and charism. We would like to offer our witness and visibility to the new generations. We would like to accompany young people in reflecting on their own vocation at the same time making known the possible ways to live Champagnat’s charism in our days, as brother or as lay Marist.

I thank the Secretariat of Brothers Today for preparing and offering to the Institute these reflection, orientation, and suggestions. The Provinces and Districts are invited to adapt these guidelines to the context of each country and the different realities. I thank each one of you for welcoming this initiative and for your commitment to the Year of Marist Vocations.

Fraternally,

Br. Ernesto Sánchez Barba, Superior General
2 January 2022

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