2023-09-07 GENERAL HOUSE

Superior General and Vicar General meet with the laity and brothers of the General Administration

Brothers Ernesto S├ínchez, Superior General, and Luis Carlos Guti├ęrrez, Vicar General, met at the General House with the Brothers and collaborators of the General Administration on September 6 to share on the theme “Global Marist Family”.

Br. Ernesto invited everyone to follow the call of the XXII General Chapter, which asks the Marists of Champagnat, brothers and laity, to walk as a Global Family!  The Superior General recalled the 5 calls of the Chapter and mentioned that although, at present, the number of brothers has decreased, the Marist Mission has tripled in the world, thanks to the action of the laity. Therefore, the main idea is “to be a Global Charismatic Family”.  Referring to the initiatives of the General Council to promote the Global family, Br. Ernesto spoke about the international initiatives that are carried out, underlining the annual meetings with the Provincials and District Superiors.

In concluding, Br. Ernesto stressed the importance of the “marist lay vocation” in fostering the “Global Marist Family” in connection with a Synodal Church, which has three key themes: communion, participation and mission.

In the second part of the meeting, Br. Luis Carlos, who leads the area of mission in the General Government, highlighted the commitment of the Marists to work in interdependence and to grow as a Global Charismatic Family. In this regard, Br. Luis Carlos mentioned the relevance of the Marist Networks. He recalled the networks already created in the Institute: Network of Schools, Network of Marist Youth Ministry, Marist International Network of Higher Education, Network of Solidarity, Ecology and Human Rights, Network of Marist Publishers and the Network of Provincial Coordinators of Volunteers. He also recalled other networks that are become reality in the regions, especially the Network of Marist Memory Centers and the Network of Marist Spirituality in America. In addition, he recalled the initiative “Marist Global Family Fund for humanitarian emergencies”, the Marist Foundation for International Solidarity, and the commitment of the Marists to the Global Compact on Education.

This meeting was the third, this year, of a formative course of deepening on marist themes proposed for the collaborators of the General Administration, which has 5 meetings planned.

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