2022-01-06 SPAIN

VII Chapter of the Province Ibérica

From 26 to 29 December 2021 the Chapter of the Iberian Province was held in Lardero, Spain. The motto that inspired the various working sessions was “With you, wherever you go”.

The Chapter assembly was composed of 26 Brothers and six lay guests. Brothers Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, and Ben Consigli, General Councillor and liaison with the Marist region of Europe, participated from the General Administration of the Institute.

The Chapter was opened by Brother Moisés Alonso with words of thanks for the last six years in which he has been Provincial, emphasising “the satisfaction of what he has lived and learned” and in which he gave “thanks to all with whom I have had the opportunity to share our life”. Brother Ernesto, for his part, invited all the brothers and laypeople of the Province of Ibérica to “listen in the depths of their hearts: What does God wish for the Province of Ibérica today?

On the first day, Br. Abel Muñoz took office as the new Provincial. In his first words, he underlined some ideas about three essential areas of Marist life: spirituality, community or fraternity, and mission. In his mission of animation, Br. Abel will be accompanied by the new Provincial Council, composed of Brothers Alejandro Mena, Alfonso Fernández, Iñaki Ruiz, Íñigo García, Jaime Comabella and Samuel Holguín.

The entire chapter revolved around the community experience, the profound experience of encounter and fraternity and dreams for the future of the province. The reflection led to the unanimous proposal of six main lines to be proposed to the new Provincial Council for the design of the new strategic plan for the three-year period:

  1. To promote and accompany the Marist vocation, cultivating identity and belonging to the Marist charism.
  2. To grow together as a charismatic family, cultivating and making visible the new relationships between Brothers and Laity.
  3. To seek and put into practice new ways of energising communities, based on hospitality, plurality, fraternity and the experience of faith.
  4. To move towards a spirituality that is more embodied in the new situations in which we live, where interiority occupies a place of priority.
  5. To promote our Marist mission, in communion with others, responding boldly to new situations and emerging needs.
  6. To propose alternative models for evangelisation, with a new language, where the love of God is made visible through encounters with the needy, accompaniment, specific formation and interiority.

Various other resources, such as videos, photos and chronicles, are available at this link in Spanish.


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