2022-01-07 SPAIN

Provincial Chapter of Compostela

The Province of Compostela held its VII Provincial Chapter in Valladolid from 27 to 30 December 2021. Its motto was “Homes of Light”, recalling the last circular of the Superior General. Brothers Luis Carlos Gutiérrez, Vicar General, and João Carlos do Prado, General Councillor and liaison with Europe, participated on behalf of the General Administration.

Brother Máximo Blanco assumed the office of Provincial on the first day of the meeting, replacing Brother Tomás Briongos, who has led the Province for the past few years. Brother Luis Carlos asked the new Provincial to “continue to animate the Province with shared leadership, vision, a sense of responsibility and commitment to Marist life.

Brother Máximo Blanco expressed his gratitude for the confidence placed in him to lead a “consolidated” Province for which he dreams of a “participative and co-responsible structure”, with leaders who animate the journey and people who walk together. Among his priorities, Brother Máximo pointed out the importance of “showing the joy of being a Brother, joining in this journey with young people” and following the paths of formation and growth. He recalled that “the revolutions that have been most creative are those born of the transformation of the heart,” and it is “fundamental to continue to care for spirituality in people and to offer an experiential path of interiority”.

Marist Spirituality and Life and the Marist Mission were the two axes around which the work of the participants of the Provincial Chapter revolved.

In their interventions, Brothers Luis Carlos and João Carlos invited us to a profound reflection on the place and mission of the Brothers in the present context of the Marist charism, dreaming of the type of Marist Life that we wish in 15 years’ time and committing ourselves to it from now on, and in the processes of accompaniment and human, Christian and Marist formation. We must be creative in the search for new languages in order to be able to spread the Good News in a context that considers it “neither good nor old”.

Brothers Antonio, Eduardo, Lisardo, Raúl, Román and Salvador form the Provincial Council of Compostela which will accompany Brother Provincial, Máximo Blanco, for the next three years.

Further information, videos and photos can be found at this link.

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