Iberian, Compostela and Mediterranean have each held a Chapter between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 and appointed their new Brothers and Provincial Councils. Alongside these three, L'Hermitage has announced its new Brother Provincial for next summer.
“With you, wherever you go”. “Homes of Light” and “Beacons of Hope”. Inspired and supported by these mottos, the VII Provincial Chapters of Maristas Ibérica, Maristas Compostela and Maristas Mediterránea took place respectively. The first two took place in the last week of December 2021, while the third took place in the first days of 2022.
These meetings are essentially a selection of Brothers, although some lay people have also participated in some of them. These Brother Capitulants and other participants represent each Province and have elected and appointed the new leadership of each of these three European Marist Provinces.
Brothers Abel Muñoz, Máximo Blanco and Aureliano García are the new Provincials of the aforementioned Iberian, Compostela and Mediterranean. Gabriel Villa-Real as the new Provincial of L’Hermitage, whose mandate (for three years, like the others) will become effective during the celebration of the Provincial Chapter, which will take place from 3 to 7 July this year.
Brother Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, thanked the new Brothers Provincial for their generosity in accepting this service of leadership in Marist life and mission. He also recognized and thanked the outgoing Provincials for their years of service to the Institute, accompanying the different realities of each Marist Province. Here are some details of the three Chapters held.
The Chapter of the Iberian Province was held in Lardero, Spain, from 26 to 29 December 2021. The Chapter assembly was composed of 26 Brothers and 6 lay guests. Brothers Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, and Ben Consigli, General Councillor and liaison with the Marist Region of Europe, participated from the General Administration of the Institute.
On the first day, Brother Abel Muñoz was sworn in as the new Provincial. In his first words, he underlined some ideas on three essential areas of Marist life: spirituality, community or fraternity, and mission. In his mission of animation, Brother Abel will be accompanied by the new Provincial Council, composed of Brothers Alejandro Mena, Alfonso Fernández, Iñaki Ruiz, Íñigo García, Jaime Comabella and Samuel Holguín.
The whole chapter revolved around community life, the profound experience of encounter and fraternity and dreams for the future of the province. The reflection led to the unanimous proposal of 6 guidelines to be proposed to the new Provincial Council for the design of the new strategic plan for the three-year period.
PROVINCE OF COMPOSTELA
The Province of Compostela held its VII Provincial Chapter in Valladolid from 27-30 December 2021. Brothers Luis Carlos Gutiérrez, Vicar General, and João Carlos do Prado, General Councillor and liaison with Europe, participated on behalf of the General Administration.
Brother Máximo Blanco took office as Provincial on the first day of the meeting and expressed his gratitude for the confidence placed in him to lead a “consolidated” Province for which he dreams of a “participative and co-responsible structure”, with leaders who encourage the journey and people who walk together. Marist Spirituality and Life and Marist Mission have been the two axes around which the work of the participants of the Provincial Chapter has revolved.
Brothers Antonio, Eduardo, Lisardo, Lisardo, Raúl, Román and Salvador form the Provincial Council of Compostela which will accompany Brother Provincial, Máximo Blanco, for the next three years.
The Marist House of Guardamar del Segura, in Alicante, was the venue for the VII Provincial Chapter of Marists Mediterranean, in which a total of 30 capitulants gathered to take stock of one stage (the second under the leadership of Brother Juan Carlos Fuertes) and to begin the new one in which Brother Aureliano García Manzanal was elected as the new Brother Provincial.
The Chapter was attended by the General Councillors Ben Consigli and Joao Carlos Do Prado. The new Brother Provincial began by dedicating time to giving thanks; “Thanks” which also served to recognise all the good and profuse work carried out by all the Brothers and lay people in these previous years. Then, moving on to the area of hope, Brother Aureliano explained “some things that are on my mind and in my heart”. Specifically, he grouped them all under five main headings: 1) For whom do you walk, 2) The road, a place of encounters, 3) A pair of shoes for the road, 4) On the margins of the road and 5) Let’s go to the other shore.
Brothers Samuel Gómez, Damiano Forlani, Juan Pablo Hernández, José Luis Elías, Juan Ignacio Poyatos and Javier Gragera have been elected provincial councillors and will accompany Brother Aureliano in his service to the province for the next three years.
Fraternally, we wish them all the best of luck for this new stage and we place this new time and this service in the hands of our Founder, Marcellin Champagnat and under the protection of Mary, our Good Mother.