2022-03-04 GENERAL HOUSE

Looking beyond… General Conference 2022

From March 8 to 26 the X General Conference will take place in Rome, a consultative assembly that brings together the General Government and the Superiors of the Administrative Units with a double objective: to consolidate unity within the Institute and to study matters of general interest and propose solutions (Constitutions 119.1). The slogan of the conference is “Looking beyond” and its theme is “Leaders at the service of the Global Marist Family”.

During the three-week meeting at the General House, the participants will focus on the following topics:

  • Re-reading and evaluation of the Calls of the XXII General Chapter in the current context.
  • Review of the 5 areas proposed by the General Chapter (Principles and Suggestions) and sharing on some ongoing institutional projects.
  • Reflection on leadership at the service of the Global Marist Family, in new and challenging times.
  • Reflection on the current reality of the Institute, the journey as Administrative Units, Regions, Global Family and looking towards the future.
  • Child protection: current situation, the Marist experience and responses, ways of action.
  • Evaluation of the animation and accompaniment by the General Administration.

Meetings of the General Council with the Superiors of the Administrative Units

The General Conference is traditionally a meeting held between two General Chapters, composed of the Superior General, the Vicar General, the General Councilors, the Provincials, and the District Superiors (Constitutions 119.1). Initially the General Conference organized by the current General Government was scheduled for September 2021 but, given the health crisis, the General Council preferred to postpone the meeting until March 2022. 

The General Government, elected in 2017, chose to hold other meetings with the superiors of the AUs, in addition to the General Conference indicated by the Constitutions and Statutes of the Institute. In March 2019 the first meeting was held, which had as its theme: Called to live out prophetic and servant leadership: co-responsibly and interdependently. In the same period of the following year the second one was held, with the theme: Leadership that cares for life.

Following the initiative of previous years, the Government of the Institute intends to hold two more meetings with the Superiors of the AUs, in 2023 and 2024, before the XXIII General Chapter, to be held in September 2025.


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