2022-10-05 BRAZIL

In-person phase of the Formation programme for Marist Leaders

On 3 October, the in-person phase of the Formation Programme on Servant and Prophetic Leadership began at Porto Alegre. It will end on 14 October. The training, sponsored by the General Administration of the Marist Institute under the patronage of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), is being conducted in keeping with the Message of the XXII General Chapter (Colombia – 2017) which asks for “a prophetic servant leadership, one that closely accompanies Marist life and mission”. And it suggests that “at all levels of government, structures should be created and/or strengthened where all Marists share leadership and responsibility for life and mission”.

The programme began on 13 May in an on-line format (Formation program for Marist leaders begins – Champagnat). The course is being offered in Spanish and Portuguese and has 62 participants, laypeople and Marist Brothers, involved in leadership in their AUs or who are preparing to take on strategic mission responsibilities. They represent 13 Administrative Units, coming from 19 countries of America, Europe and Africa. Another program is planned for an English- and French-speaking group next year.

Br Luis Carlos Gutiérrez, Vicar General, is participating in the full programme of the in-person phase. Br Oscar Martín from the General Council will also be present, while Brothers Josep María Soteras, Ben Consigli and Ken Mcdonald are attending online. Br Ernesto Sanchez, Superior General, will be present at the closing of the course.

During the last 5 months, participants have followed ten study modules and had the opportunity to acquire relevant theoretical knowledge. During these days in Porto Alegre, the studies will be supplemented by practical experience and visits to places where the learning is being applied and participants can dialogue with the teachers.

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