28/Jul/2010 PHILIPPINES

Avec Marie, des Maristes nouveau vers une Nouvelle Terre

Plus de cent éducateurs, venant de différentes écoles maristes, ont participé aux 8ème Congrès qui s?est tenu au Centre de réunions dans la ferme de Koronadal City du 26 au 28 mai de cette année. Des responsables de Gestion et des enseignants ont participé aux trois jours de rencontre écoutant les rapports des différents Comités et Programmes appartenant au Système d?Education Mariste des Philippines.

La rencontre a commencé avec la célébration de l?eucharistie présidé par l?évêque Romulo de la Cruz, DD du diocèse de Kidapawan, tandis que le Fr. Paterno Corpus, FMS de l?école de Marikina et le Dr. Norma Segocio du NDDU ont accueilli et présenté respectivement les participants, les invités et les facilitateurs. Le Fr. Manuel de Léon, FMS, provincial de la Province de l?Asie de l?Est, a délivré le discours d?ouverture, expliquant les défis et les appels du XXIème Chapitre Général qui s?est tenu dernièrement à Rome.

Au cours du second jour des sessions, furent présentés : un rapport sur la réalisation du Programme de Formation des Laïcs Maristes qui a proposé le Programme de Leadership Mariste, le Rapport sur les Projets du jubilé Mariste de diamant, et la Spiritualité consolidée des Ecoles Maristes, comme aussi des Programmes de Sports.

Les conclusions et résolutions du 8ème Congrès Mariste présentées par le Fr. John Tan, FMS, ont précédé la liturgie de clôture présidée par le Père Fr. Jonathan Sarcon, aumônier du NDDU.

Le 8ème Congrès des Educateurs s?et tenu à l?Université de Notre Dame de Dadiangas, sous le leadership du Fr. John Y. Tan, FMS, qui était le président.

Statement of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress
?With Mary, New Marists Towards a New Land?

With Mary as guide and companion, we, participants of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress, affirm that evangelization is the focus and priority of our ministries, proclaiming Jesus and his message. We believe that we are impelled by God to go out into a new land, to facilitate the birth of a new epoch for the Marist charism. We dedicate ourselves to move on, without hesitation to let go of the familiar, and to embark on a journey of institutional and personal conversion over the next years.

This authentic renewal invites us to a genuine change of heart which urges us to set future directions to our institutions. Therefore:

1. As Brothers and Mission Partners together, we strive for greater vitality in our institutions and missionary endeavors as we recognize the vocation of the Lay Marists and make ourselves co-responsible in our formation and in vocation promotion.

2. In our desire to find new and creative ways to educate and evangelize the young, we strive to have common advocacies which affect them especially in the areas of education, health, environment, good governance, women?s and children?s rights and issues on justice and peace.

3. In all our decision making, we direct ourselves and encourage our constituents to make the rule of thumb the process of discernment leading us to consultation, dialogue, and consensus building.

4. In recognition of the Marist Mission, we support the Lay Volunteers? Program and the Champagnat Marist Family Movement (CMMF) and open ourselves to the mission initiatives of the East Asia Province and Marist General Council.

5. As apostles living in a globalized world, we endeavor to have hearts and minds that are international in outlook and at the same time aware of our own cultural uniqueness and identity.

6. In the running of our apostolate and missionary work, we make use of modern technology judiciously as a means of improving the delivery systems of our institutions.
We continue to find ways in addressing issues and concerns that have remained an unfinished business even as we set forward to new horizons. Therefore, we:

7. Continue to dedicate ourselves to have a common understanding of Mary in our lives.

8. Strive to become more active in our role as educators in the missionary activity of the Church.

9. Pursue the practice of gender sensitivity in all our dealings with one another.

10. Re-visit our school policies to ensure that they are grounded on the Gospel values, Church teachings, civil laws, and the values of Mary.

11. Carry on with more enthusiasm the implementation of the Lay Formation Program.

12. Address on what is the Marist way to face and handle social concerns, issues, and advocacies in our institutions such as mining, reproductive health and ecological issues.

13. Intensify the implementation of the Marist Diamond Jubilee Projects.

We continue to renew ourselves and journey together towards a new land. May St. Marcellin Champagnat continue to guide us as we live our vocation of following Christ with joy, sensitivity, love, and enthusiasm.
Resolutions of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress

?With Mary, New Marists Towards a New Land?

We, the participants of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress hereby resolved the:

1. Acknowledgment of The Farm Management for its satisfactory accommodation;

2. Acknowledgment of the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University , for its successful hosting of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress; and

3. Endorsement of Marist Administrators? Formation Program to prepare potential personnel for administrative responsibilities;

4. Endorsement of the Marist Meet Guidelines for an organized and systematic conduct of Meet in all levels;

5. Endorsement of the Marist School-Marikina as the host of the 9th Marist Educators? Congress;

6. Intensification of the implementation of the following:
a. Zero Waste Management; and
b. Support for Marcellin Home Foundation;and

7. Endorsement of the proposal that each institution shall come up with action plans supporting the statements of the 8th Marist Educators? Congress

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Done this 28th day of May 2010 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

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