2023-05-18 GENERAL HOUSE

Year of Marist Vocations: closure and continuity

The Brothers Today Secretariat published a guide and other resources for the “closure and continuity”, on June 6, of the Year of Marist Vocations, inaugurated on May 20, 2022. Brothers Ángel Medina and Lindley Sionosa, directors of the Secretariat, affirmed that “more than being a closure, we would like to give emphasis on CONTINUITY; we give a new impetus to the inspiration and the movement that was awakened around vocation ministry in the Institute, from what we have discovered in and lived in ‘caring for and generating Marist Life’.”

The resources prepared by the Secretariat consist of a guide for the “closure and continuity”, a proposal for nine days of prayer and reflection leading to the feast of St. Marcellin Champagnat (28 may – 05 june 2023) and a celebration for June 6, the feast of the founder of the Marist Institute.

The secretariat has underlined the objectives of this year’s feast of June 6:

  • Thanking the Good Mother for “coming to our aid and not allowing the lamp to be extinguished”.
  • Honoring Marcellin Champagnat, to whom God first gave the charism and in whom the wonderful adventure of Marist life began.
  • Calling to mind and being grateful for how Marist Life has flourished over the last 200 years, beginning with Marcellin, followed by the first brothers, and spreading extensively through the countless men and women who live the charism and continue the mission to this day.
  • Being profoundly thankful for the gift of our vocation as Marist brothers and Marist lay men and women.
  • Responding actively, affectively, and creatively to the invitation to “look beyond”, to continue what was started during the year.

During this year we have rediscovered the original passion that inspired us to be Marists; thus, making us proclaim, “there is great value in being Marist today!”

The materials for the celebration of the feast of St. Marcellin and the “closure and continuity” of the Year of Marist Vocations are available at this link.


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