2024-02-28 GREECE

Marist Formation Day for members of Marist Institutions


On February 17, 2024, a Marist formation day was held at LĂ©onin College in NĂ©a Smyrni, Greece. Some 230 people participated: Marist Brothers, members of the “Marial Organizations” of the Marist establishments and social works in Greece, the boards of directors, as well as numerous members of the educational, administrative and technical staff of LĂ©onin College in Athens and LĂ©onin College in NĂ©a Smyrni. This session, entitled “You are at home”, was inspired by the motto ot the five Marist Provinces of the Europe Region, which invites Marists to consider the school as a home, where we share the same values and the same spirit, take care of each other and accept and respect diversity and respective vocations.

The main conference was presented by Brother Josep Maria Soteras, General Councilor, who was in Greece especially for this formation. Starting from God’s Creation, the common home, Brother Josep Maria went through the house of Nazareth and Bethany, arriving at the Marist houses of La Valla and the Hermitage.

During the group work that followed, the participants had the opportunity to reflect, deepen and freely express their point of view, their concerns and their suggestions on family spirit and the Christian mission with children and young people.

This formation has positively contributed to reinforce the feeling that the school is a second home and that as Marists, we belong at the same time to the Global Marist Family.

This day is part of the Marist Formation Sessions that are organized every year for the staff of the Marist schools in Greece. During the academic year 2023-2024 it has already been held:

  • A Marist training session for class supervisors on student support (September 2023).
  • A meeting of members of the educational, administrative and technical staff, hired in the last three years, at the Marist Brothers’ Community, to learn about the community life and mission of the Brothers (November 2023).
  • Marist formation session for school councils, principals and assistant principals on the topic “Heroic Leadership” by Br. Ben Consigli, member of the General Council of the Institute (January 2024).

In addition, in July 2023, a pilgrimage was made to Marist places in France with 50 educators recruited in recent years.


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