2020-01-24 MEXICO

Regional Training Programme for Americas Community Animators

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From January 8 to 31, the Community Animators of the Americas are participating in the regional training programme, which is being held at the Marist House in Encarnación de Díaz, Jalisco, Mexico. This programme is an initiative of the Brothers Today Secretariat and is being carried out by the ongoing formation community of Manziana, in collaboration with the regions.

Fourteen Brothers and 24 lay Marists are participating in the meeting of the Americas, as well as the coordination team, made up of Brothers Ángel Medina ( Secretariat of Brothers Today), Joaquim Sperandio (Manziana) and Jesús Hernández (México Occidental). Those taking part are from the provinces of Canada, the United States, México Central, México Occidental, América Central (Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica), Norandina (Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia), Cruz del Sur (Argentina) and Brasil Centro-Sul.

Brother Ernesto Sánchez, our Superior General, accompanied the animators from 19th to 21st January.  While Brother João Carlos do Prado, General Councillor, will be present from 22nd to 28th January.

Among the common objectives that unite the participants, the following stand out:

-To make the communities be homes of light and beacons of hope, where the leadership and encounters with each other, express and increase the sense of belonging in their journey as a global family.

– To follow the call to live centred in Christ, as an invitation to conversion of heart, and to respond to the particular needs of community animation in the regional context.

– To value and deepen Marist identity through the new constitutions and the Rule of Life: “Wherever you go”, where the role of community animators is deepened through reflection and fraternal dialogue.

– To recognize the value of the service of leadership and animation in order to be the face and hands of the tender mercy of God in today’s world through contemplative dialogue, recognizing the vocation of our communities to be beacons of hope and homes of light.

– To share places for dialogue with different speakers who promote reflection on the identity of the animators, and how they are perceived in the Marist community, in order to renew hearts or to opt for new fraternal strategies of meeting.

– To transmit the fruits obtained in order to respond to the call to which we have been sent.

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