2021-08-18 GENERAL HOUSE

Process of revising the formation guide enters consultation stage

The consultation-participation stage of the process of the revision of the Formation Guide began this August 2021.  Led by the International Commission for the Revision of the Formation Guide (ICRFG), meetings will be conducted with different regional or interregional groups to reflect together on the Formation Guide and Formation for Marist life today.  Over and above being a means of gathering information, the ICRFG sees this exercise as a way of involving as many Marists as possible in the task at hand, as well as connect them with one another to give a sense of journeying together toward a new Formation Guide.

The consultation-participation is being carried out through teams composed of 2 members of the ICRFG, 2 or 3 members of the International Commission of Brothers Today (ICBT), and 2 or 3 regional coordinators of, or reference persons in, formation. These teams are accompanied by Br. Angel Medina and Br. Lindley Sionosa of the Secretariat of Brothers today.

Among the groups identified to be consulted include formators, formands, commissions or teams already existing in the administrative units or regions, including lay Marists, and ex-brothers or ex-formands.

The teams formed for this purpose are:
  1. Americas (North and South): Cesar Rojas and Rubens Falcheto (ICRFG), Juan Carlos Bolaños and Marcio Henrique (ICBT), Felix Roldan, Albert Rivera and Isidro Azpeleta.
  2. Africa-Europe: Pere Ferré and Fabien Bulaimu (ICRFG), Ebel Muteveri, Tiamaro Alphonse and Aureliano Garcia (ICBT), Antoine Kazindu, Nicolas Garcia, Fernando Ocaña, Teodorino Aller, and Vitus Osuji.
  3. Asia-Oceania: Francisco Garcia and Graham Neist (ICRFG), Anselmo Kim, Sefo Une and Simon Serero (ICBT), Darren Burge and Juan Castro.

The above teams met for the first-time last week: Americas on August 3, Africa-Europe on August 5 and Asia-Oceania also on August 5.  The next step is to name the groups to be consulted, decide on the questions to ask, and set the date and time of the meetings. The consultation-participation stage is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021.


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