2022-10-04 PERU

Meeting of the Extended Provincial Council of Santa Maria de los Andes

Adopting the theme “living the charism in a synodal way”, the members of the Extended Council of the Province of Santa María de los Andes met in Peru from 12 to 14 September: the Provincial Council and the teams and commissions of the three countries that make up the Administrative Unit – Bolivia, Chile and Peru. The purpose of the meeting, held in Lima, was to evaluate the progress of the Province and to plan next steps.

During the three days of work, discussions covered strategic plans, regional developments, whole province perspectives, and ideas for the short and long term future of each sector and the whole province; all of this in the light of the General Conference and in step with the Region. It was a meeting of intense reflection, but above all of fraternal dialogue, mutual recognition among the sectors of the province, and forward planning.

Since the meeting began on 12 September, the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, the participants attended Mass and arranged a dinner in thanksgiving for the Society of Mary, with the Marist Fathers and the Marist Missionary Sisters residing in Lima joining us.

This province meeting was the first to be held in person after the two years of the pandemic. It should be noted that the Provincial Council held its regular meeting in the days before and after the meeting.

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