Good afternoon! Yes, it`s true….I`m not writing late at night. Yesterday was a full day of meetings with the World Council. In the evening, the MLC team (with the help of Bro. Michael) packaged all the Chaminade calendars for mailing to our communities around the world. It was a long day, and I needed to follow it with a good sleep….which I did!
During our meetings, we shared the present plans for the Chaminade year. Many resources have been made available online, including these two videos from France and Spain:
We hope to promote all the initiatives online at www.marianist.org. An intentional effort is being made to use the web site of the World Marianist Family to post linksto the many good works and resources around the world. Brother Michael McAward shared the news of an upcoming update to the web-site. A new design and template will be available in the new year. The purpose of the site is to be a portal to the many sites around the world. We will be collecting content for new pages linking to all the formation centres and resources and social justice centers and projects. Each branch will be working with their regional, national , and local members to collect this content for Michael.
We had a good discussion on communications. Brother Charles-Henri, World Council secretary, is still working on updating and completing a directory for regional and national contacts in all the branches around the world. It is the responsibility of each branch to help him in this task. It is also our responsibility to ensure that the communications are forwarded to all.
Today, we returned to the objectives of 2010-2013 to evaluate the progress made at this meeting. At this moment, writing teams are producing a report of our meeting, and the Christmas Message from the World Council. We decided to have the writing teams by language. This year, one team is French and one Spanish….so I have a few hours off!! Here are Félix, Isabel and Maria José working on the Christmas message.
A highlight of today was the celebration of Bro. Michael`s birthday. Michael is our travel organizer, taxi driver, visa getter, web-master, translator, pilgrimage and tour director, calendar designer, shipping and handling person…..etc, etc!!! We wish him continued blessings in his life. He is a real gift to our Marianist family! Here is a picture of Michael with a festive outfit from Togo, given to him for the occasion.
Tomorrow we will meet as a team in the morning, and then enjoy the hospitality of our Sisters for pranzo. This will be followed by a trip into Rome. According to Domingo and Félix, we must take time to `sin a little`…..at least that`s how the Spanish was translated to me.