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- April 8-11: Marist Brothers in the USA held their Provincial Chapter in New Jersey. Although fewer guests could attend than usually, the meeting was held in person! Chapter delegates elected the new Provincial Council and rededicated the Province to our mission to those children and young people most in need.
- April 19: Fourteen Marists formally began their novitiate experience in Tamontaka, Philippines. They include two from India, nine from Timor-Leste, and three from Vietnam.
- April 19: Bro. Cyprian Bankakuu Gandeebo of Ghana was named the first Provincial of the new Province of West Africa, effective August 9. Until this point, the Marist presence in West Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia) has been administered as a district dependent on the Province of Mediterránea.
- April 23-24: Marists of Champagnat in Samoa hosted a Come & See experience for 14 young men interested in learning more about the Marist Brothers. The Marists in Samoa are part of our District of the Pacific.
- April 29: Marists across the world observed the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bro. Moisés Cisneros in Guatemala. One of the brothers who lived with him provided a short reflection on his life and witness that can be read here.
- April 30: As a means of strengthening the Lay Marist vocation, the Bureau of the Laity launched a new monthly newsletter. The first edition of 'Sharing' can be read here and you can subscribe to the mailing list here.
A Moment in Marist History:
Father Champagnat was a kind of practical theologian—instead of writing spiritual works, he was consumed with supporting the apostolic activity of his Marist companions who relied on both his heartfelt concern and his savvy approach to concrete problems. Although the following letter to a sick brother clearly demonstrates his great affection for his Marist Brothers, we can see that he also kept a head for clear problem-solving in every situation. We see also a clear example of his deep reliance on Mary and his desire to commend all to her care.
Notre Dame de l'Hermitage, 4th August 1837
My very dear Brother Apollinaire,
I was extremely sorry that I could not continue my trip all the way to St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux. I so much wanted to see you and give you as much consolation as I possibly could.
What upsets me most of all is that they told me you were sick. You must not get so sick, dear friend, that you can no longer recover. If you were in the army, they would give you time to recuperate. Ask Father Mazelier for permission to come here to do so. If you haven't obtained your certificate of competence by September, you will get it later. We don't want to bury you so soon; you haven't done enough for heaven yet! I am heartbroken just knowing you are sick. Throw yourself into the arms of our common Mother; she will be touched by your condition and that of your confrères, and she can easily give you the help you need.
Tell Father Superior how sorry you are that you cannot complete your preparation for the certificate just now. Have the doctor certify your illness with the mayor, if Fr. Mazelier thinks it wise.
Thank the brother who was giving you lessons and everyone else who has done anything for you. When you have recovered, you will return there.
A Dieu, dear brother; I leave you in the Sacred Hearts, and I am your most devoted father in Jesus and Mary,
P.S. If Brother Victor can continue until September, he will take the examination with Brother Cyprien and Brother Andronic.