European Marist meetings
The members of the five European Provincial Councils met in Guardamar from Sunday, 30th October until Saturday, 5th November. The Provincial Council benefited from this meeting to hold a Provincial Council meeting on Sunday, 30th October. The members of the General Council were present from 31st October until 3rd November for an Extended General Council meeting. According to the XXIst General Chapter:
The Extended General Council is a means by which the General Council in plenary meets the councils of a region, to accompany the Provincial and District Councils, to learn about the actual situation of the region and to exercise co-responsibility in the animation and government of the Institute.
The meetings provided an opportunity to learn about a range of matters taking place in the Institute and to learn about important topics that will be discussed at the General Chapter in September, 2017.
On the 3rd November the participants travelled to Alicante where staff and students of the Marist College arranged a mass and celebration for the Bicentenary of the Institute.
On Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th November the European Provincial Councils had their own meeting to discuss issues that related specifically to Marist Europe, including the plan to establish a network for Marist mission in Europe.
Brother Brendan Geary
Brothers Nicholas Smith, Michael Schmalzl, Gerard de Haan,
Brendan Geary, Ronnie McEwan and Joe McKee (Vicar General)