August-03-2017 06:07 AM
BROTHERS CONVENE FOR CONSULTATION ON MATTERS ABOUT THE LAITY
Last July 23, 2017, thirteen brothers met to share reflections on the key documents that pertain to the Marist Laity. It was an opportunity for Ms. Elma B. Rafil, the East Asia participant to the 22nd General Chapter in Colombia, to be in dialogue with the brothers on key themes, specifically, on The Vocation of the Marist Laity, and the Notes on the Recommendations to the General Council.
Ideas shared were enriching as openness permeate the course of the discussions. In exploring the identity and the process of the development of the vocation of the Lay Marists and their role, there still exist areas which are not clear from the standpoint of the brothers. On the part of the laity, the tension, among others, lies in the area of dependency on the brothers and the challenge for autonomy within the context of communion. Details of the discussion points in the consultation forum were consolidated for they provided valuable reference to understanding perspectives of both brothers and lay.