Official Message of the XXII General Chapter Meeting Announced
On Friday, November 24th the Message of the 22nd General Chapter of the Marist Brothers, which was held in Rionegro, Colombia, from Sept. 8 – Oct. 20, was announced to all the Marists of Champagnat.
The core of the message is the slogan: Journeying Together as a Global Family, developed in five calls, which can also be expressed as a prayer:
Transform us Jesus, and send us
as a global charismatic family, a beacon of hope in this turbulent world,
to be the face and hands of your tender mercy.
Inspire our creativity to be bridge-builders,
to journey with children and young people on the margins of life,
and to respond boldly to emerging needs.
The message is the result of an exercise of discernment of the capitulars, who sought to answer two fundamental questions:
Who is God asking us to be in this emerging world?
What is God asking us to do in this emerging world?
The five calls, which are answers to these questions, are applied in five areas of Marist life and mission: our vocation as Brothers; our mission; Brother-Lay relationship, as Marists of Champagnat; government and how we use our resources.