2006-09-18 GENERAL HOUSE

Visits to Provinces

We have already given an account on the web on the 22nd July 2006 of the meeting of Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, with the young brothers of Brazil at Mendes, from the 14th to the 17th July, in the company of the three Brothers Provincial of Brazil. This meeting gave the young brothers of Brazil the opportunity to speak of their dreams about Marist religious life and what constitutes the foundation and the reason of this life: to follow Jesus in the way of Mary, as Marcellin did (Read).

For several hours at Logroño, in Spain, on the 18th and 19th July, Brother Seán shared with the capitulants of the Salvatorians his experience of animation of religious life in our Institute.

From the 27th July to the 5th August, he visited the District of Melanesia. He was accompanied by Brother Ken McDonald, District Superior, and he went to the Solomon Islands and Papua New-Guinea to visit the missions and the houses of formation in these two countries. He personally met a lot of brothers and he also participated in the consecration of the new chapel in the school of Mabiri.

After having left the District of Melanesia, he went to the Province of Melbourne in Australia from the 5th to the 12th August to meet Brother Paul Gilchrist, Provincial, and his Council as well as groups of brothers of the Province in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Churchlands. In his presence, the campus of Newman College, Churchlands, was inaugurated, being used for primary and secondary education.

On leaving Australia, Brother Seán headed to Korea to visit this District from the 13th to the 18th August, to animate the annual retreat and to share with the brothers the joy of celebrating thirty years since the arrival of the Marists in this country. During the retreat, inspired partly by his own important circular on mission, he spoke to the brothers about the renewal and revitalisation of the Marist charism in a world which confronts internationalisation.

Then, he went to the Province of L?Hermitage from the 21st to the 29th August to meet the Provincial and his Council as well as the brothers in the house at the Hermitage and at Llinars del Vall├ęs (Barcelona). His reflection with the brothers was on the Marist mission today and on the apostolic life, insisting on two important challenges: avoiding personal discontentment and reading the signs of the times to undertake the actions judged necessary.

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