Third term for Brother Provincial
The Superior General announced that Brother Brendan Geary will renew his term as Provincial of West-Central Europe for a third time in a letter dated November 10th.
“The General Council has decided to appoint Brother Brendan Geary as Provincial, since we believe that he is the person who can best accompany the reality the Province is living at this time, giving continuity to all that has already been achieved in the last six years,” said Brother Emili Turú in a letter addressed to the Brothers of the Province.
Brother Brendan began his first three-year term as Provincial in February 2010 and his second term in April 2013. He will officially take up office for a third term during the Provincial Chapter, which will be held at the formation centre in Freising, near Munich, from March 28th – April 1st. The Superior General, General Councillor Brother Ernesto Sánchez, 15 Brothers as well as 16 lay people, who have been invited, will participate.
“We need to continue to manage the diminishment in the Province, regarding the number of communities, care of the Brothers, and careful use of financial and other resources,” said Brother Brendan. “It is important to respond sensitively to the needs of the Brothers, while assuring that there is viable leadership and management in local communities.” He underscored that “this will increasingly involve the support and participation of lay people.” And, “We need to continue to develop our work with lay people in the Province, and to find ways to sustain the mission that we are currently involved in. Also, we need to find appropriate structures, possibly at European level, to ensure management and animation in the years ahead.”
The picture above was taken in May, 2014, during Brother Brendan’s visit to a kindergarten supported by Brother Hans Seubert on Mfangano Island in Kenya’s Lake Victoria.