The Marists of Syracuse and the immigration drama in Europe
Following the invitation of the Superior General of the Marist Brothers, Brother Emili Turú, in the letter “The Dance of the Mission”, new international communities were formed with the aim of giving a Marist response to the new challenges the world faces 200 years after the foundation of the Institute. And so the Project Lavalla200> was created, as part of which the Marist community of Syracuse (Sicily) was established in October 2016 for the European Region. Its main focus is on refugee / immigrant children and adolescents who land unaccompanied in Italy.
The first week of the General Chapter
Please find here some images of the first week of the General Chapter, which started on the 8th September and is being held in Rionegro, Colombia.
Interview with the Superior General, Brother Emili Turú
Brother Emili Turú ends his service as Superior General of the Marist Brothers during the General Chapter that begins today in Rionegro (near Medellin, Colombia). A few days before the beginning of the Chapter, Brother Emili answered some questions on the website of the Institute, www.champagnat.org.
Feeling at home… at the other end of the world
A conference hall. People sitting at tables, meditating over pictures. Just a normal conference situation (by the way, the person with the lilac pullover is me.). BUT: All the people in the photo are teachers and leaders in one of the 53 Marist schools in Australia. The conference hall is a Catholic centre in Melbourne. Read more »
Bicentenary: Province Gathering in the Hermitage
Sixty Brothers and lay people from the Province of West-Central Europe met in the Hermitage from 11th – 14th August for their Province Bicentenary Gathering. Earlier this year Brother Seán Sammon led a workshop for Brothers in the Province that focused on the Vatican Document on Brothers in the Church. The Province Bicentenary Gathering, entitled, “A Bridge into the Future,” focused on spirituality and mission. Read more »
General Chapter preparation
On Friday, September 8th the 22nd General Chapter of the Marist Brothers will be opened in Rionegro, Colombia. We are pleased to refer you to the special General Chapter page which has been created on the web site of the Institute, www.champagnat.org, in its four official languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).
Launch of Mission Council: A New Beginning in West-Central Europe
The official launch of the newly formed Mission Council in West Central Europe, took place June 2nd and 3rd in Annecy, France. The Mission Council was set up as a result of recommendations from the Provincial Chapter in April 2016, to develop new structures to facilitate Marist mission in the Province.
Alfred Urban: a new affiliated member of the Institute
On the 19th May, 2017 Mr Alfred Urban, a retired teacher from the Maristen Realschule in Cham, was affiliated to the Province by Brother Provincial Brendan Geary.
Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat
Message from the Superior General
This year’s message from Superior General Brother Emili Turú for the feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat on the 6th June relates to the Institute’s Bicentenary celebration and the 22nd General Chapter.
“I invite you to celebrate the 6th of June, in union with Marists throughout the world, in the same spirit with which we celebrated the 2nd of January earlier this year: giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of the charism of Champagnat to the Church and to the world; asking forgiveness for our lack of faithfulness to God’s Spirit; renewing our commitment to Marist life and mission.”
Bicentenary: Marist Day at Maynooth, Ireland
The Marists in Ireland celebrated the Bicentenary of the Foundation of the Institute on Saturday, 11th March with a special celebration that was held at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Brother Brendan Geary, Provincial, was present, along with Brothers David Hall and Tony Leon from Australia. Brothers David and Tony visited the three Irish Marist Secondary schools before and after the Bicentenary celebration to work with the school staffs and the Young Marist Leaders. Read more »