2021-07-15 ITALY

Manziana community promotes two online courses of ongoing formation

The Ongoing Formation team of the Marist International Formation Centre of Manziana, in collaboration with the Brothers Today Secretariat, is simultaneously running two online courses from July to September: one for Accompaniers and Formators and the other for middle-aged Brothers. Through these two programmes, the Team is trying to make up for the ongoing formation courses that had to be suspended since last year due to the pandemic.

Brother Lindley Halago Sionosa, on behalf of the Brothers Today Secretariat, explained that, given the circumstances, “the Manziana team, together with the Brothers Today Secretariat and the liaison councillors, Brothers Óscar Martin and João do Prado, considered it appropriate to resume some ongoing formation programmes”. These formative experiences “are at the disposal of all the Brothers who wish to participate”.

The Ongoing Formation team is composed of Brothers Antonio Peralta, Joe Walton, Joaquim Sperandio and Teófilo Minga.

Accompaniers and Formators

The Programme for Accompaniers and Formators 2021, entitled “To be the face and hands of your tender mercy”, has 48 participants and will be developed in two parts. The first, virtual part has just begun, the second part will take place in person next year. The three workshops this year are:

  • Spirituality: Being the face and hands of your tender mercy
  • Personal Growth Workshop
  • Youth cultures today
Formative Encounters

The programme “Formative Encounters 2021” is aimed especially at Brothers between 35 and 45 years of age. It is entitled “Journeying along the paths of contemplative prayer” and consists of 9 sessions that will take place in July and August of this year. The proposal is to take up, through the programme, the 2nd call of the XXII General Chapter and to offer the Brothers a prayerful itinerary of discipleship to live it daily.

In August, a third programme, Pathways / Midlife, will begin for Brothers between 45 and 60 years of age, which will complete the formative proposals of the Ongoing Formation Team.

All these programmes will be carried out through the Zoom platform, with simultaneous translation. The programmes are interactive. Each session starts at 14.00 hours in Rome and lasts one and a half hours (90 minutes). More information on this link.


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