August-29-2017 11:30 PM
Message of the 4th East Asia Provincial Chapter
Dear Marists of Champagnat,
We, the delegates of the 4th Provincial Chapter of the Province of East Asia, begin by thanking you for entrusting us with the serious responsibility of participating in the governing of our Province (c.f., C 151). After having reflected deeply on the realities we are facing today, we discerned the following priorities for next 3 years:
1. Community Life
Making our communities places of quality fraternal living
o where the spiritual life of each member is nourished by an atmosphere that encourages profound experiences of God through prayer;
o where young people feel welcome and their interest in our way of life is evoked;
o where the needs of the ageing brothers are attended to; and,
o where Brothers are given sufficient pastoral and health care.
2. Mission and Ministry
Ensuring that our engagement in the mission is relevant and responsive to the needs of the poor
o by providing brothers with the appropriate preparation for mission;
o by developing and strengthening non-school ministries;
o by supporting and periodically evaluating all our ministries to ensure their effectiveness; and,
o by designing a plan of effective leadership succession.
3. Lay Partnership
Acknowledging Marist Lay vocation as a gift and recognizing the significant role of the laity in the life of the Institute and the Church.
o in giving priority to the integral Marist formation of the lay;
o in increasing participation in the Marist Lay Volunteers’ Program; and,
o in encouraging more involvement in the mission of the Province and the Institute.
We commit to support and help the Provincial and his Council in taking up these priorities. Let us then embark on a journey towards a new beginning as mystics and prophets in communion.
With the guidance of Mary our Good Mother, we are confident that we shall be able to realize our plans.
In JMJ Ch,
4th Provincial Chapter
August 4-7, 2016
Marikina City, Philippines