2014-02-13 BRAZIL

Vocational Accompaniment

“It is the rite of passage from vocational accompaniment to Marist initial formation”. This is how Brother Márcio Henrique da Costa, in the Province of Brazil Centro-Norte, defines the retreat session marking the beginning of the pre-postulancy, which started on January 30. And the Province, according to the Vocations Ministry Coordinator, has much to celebrate. Sixteen young men, aged between 18 and 32, are in the process of joining the institution in three formation houses: Vila Velha/ES, Iguatu/EC and Aparecida de Goiânia/GO.

The houses have been restructured in order to offer better accommodation for the future brothers, who were distributed in age groups. The formators will be Brothers Wesley Ribeiro, in Espírito Santo; Edvaldo Lima, in Ceará, and Vitor Pravato, in Goiás. This retreat session has been the first opportunity for these young men to live together in community, and included activities regarding the vocational process and their life project, which has been developing over two years of accompaniment.

During the pre-postulancy they deepen their experience of the Marist charism and pastoral mission. After a year, they move on to the postulancy in Fortaleza/CE, which has the same duration; then they go to the novitiate in Passo Fundo/RS, where they spend two years, and finally enter the scholasticate in Belo Horizonte/MG, a stage lasting at least two more years.

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