2022-01-11 SPAIN

VII Provincial Chapter of Mediterránea

The Province of Mediterránea held its VII Provincial Chapter in the Marist House of Guardamar del Segura, in Alicante (Spain), from the 2nd to the 4th of January. During the Chapter celebration, Brother Aureliano García Manzanal began his service as Provincial, replacing Brother Juan Carlos Fuertes. Likewise, Brothers Samuel Gómez, Damiano Forlani, Juan Pablo Hernández, José Luis Elías, Juan Ignacio Poyatos and Javier Gragera were elected Provincial Councillors for this three-year term.

A total of thirty capitulants took part in the meeting which was attended by the General Councillors, Ben Consigli and João Carlos Do Prado, and the Superior General, Brother Ernesto Sánchez, who participated online.

In his opening address, Brother Aurelio thanked all those who have accompanied him on his Marist journey: “Thank you, brothers and laypeople, teachers, social workers, catechists, animators, volunteers, friends who work with us every day in the field of education and social commitment”.

In his first communiqué, the new provincial presented his ideas, expectations and objectives under five headings: 1) For whom do you walk, 2) The road, place of encounters, 3) A pair of shoes for the road, 4) On the margins of the road and 5) Let’s go to the other shore. You can read the whole document here, in Spanish.

During the second day, the brothers reflected together on the perspectives and experiences developed at the Mission Assembly, which took place from 4-5 December 2022 (see here). Through contemplation and visualisation, each brother member of the Chapter has chosen strong lines of action for the triennium.

On the last day of the VII Provincial Chapter, the participants continued with the study and approval of other activities and decisions of the Province. Then, the Brother Capitulants conducted the scrutiny for the election of the Provincial Councillors for the triennium 2021-2024.


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