We have completed our first day of meetings for the World Council of the Marianist Family. Reports were shared from all four branches: Marianist Lay Communities (MLC) Alliance Mariale (AM), the Society of Mary (SM) and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI). Catching up on family news is one of the greatest gifts of a Family Council.
General Chapters for both the SM and FMI took place this past summer. A common experience and motivation for both was the desire to deepen the collaboration within our Marianist Family. The Alliance Mariale will have an assembly in 2013. The Marianist Lay Communities will have their International Assembly in January, 2014.
The Society of Mary and the Daughters of Mary have begun visioning together for a mutual celebration of their upcoming bicenntenials. Like the Chaminade Year, it will be an opportunity for the entire Marianist Family to be united in thanksgiving for their common history.
We continue to prepare materials for two moments of common prayer during the year; the Marianist World Day of Prayer, and the World Day for Vocations. A discussion was begun on possible motivations for the current Year of Faith.
As always, we are grateful for the Brothers at Via Latina for their gracious and generous hospitality. The noon day Pranzo is always a pleasant break in the work. Good food. Good wine. Good friends, and good conversation….a touch of heaven!