Commission for the promotion of the charism

 On May 22, 2010, a letter to the Institute announced the creation of a commission for the promotion of the charism of the founder. Today, time has come to announce the persons who form it. There is the promoter, Brother Ramón Luis García González (ESP). There are also three coordinators, Brothers Eusebio Calvo Calvo (ESP), Ivy Leblanc (NO) and Marthial Ndour (SÉN). These coordinators will work in cooperation with a conference. The coordinator of the French-speaking North-South Conference will be named later.

June, 14, 2010

 

Missionary Endeavor in Amatongas, Mozambique

 At its meeting of June 10, 2010, the superior general in council, after having received the approbation of their respective superiors, named four Brothers to the first missionary team that will go to Amatongas, Mozambique.  Those selected are Brothers Luc Favreau of the province of Brazil; Fabian Jongwe, Eastern and Southern Africa; Ángel Monge Ormaechea, Spain-Peru; and Chris Sweeney, New Orleans. These Brothers will establish a general secondary school and a technical school, which will include a residency department. 

 If all goes according to plan, Brothers Luc, Ángel, and Chris will arrive in Amatongas at the start of February 2011.  Brother Fabian, who will pronounce his perpetual vows this summer and who will complete his degree program at Tangaza College in Nairobi next May, will join the others in Amatongas in May or June 2011.

 We congratulate these Brothers on having been selected.  We will accompany them in prayer so that their ministry among the young people of Mozambique will be fruitful.

 The superior general in council thanks the twenty-two Brothers who volunteered to be part of this first team and hopes that every Brother in the Institute, with enthusiasm and fervor, will keep this endeavor in Amatongas in their prayers.

June, 11, 2010

 

Province of West Africa

On Tuesday 30 March 2010 the members of the provincial chapter of the Province of West Africa elected Brother Jean-Philippe Iroukoura as provincial superior, and Brothers Roger Zadi Bley, René Sagara, Bodo Servais Guisso et Jean Gbamra Toora respectively as first, second, third and fourth councillors. Brother Jean-Baptiste Yabré Ouédraogo was elected substitute provincial councillor.

The term of this provincial administration begins July 1, 2010, and ends June 30, 2013.

Grateful thanks to these brothers for having accepted to take on these responsibilities. Let us pray that their term of office be fruitful.

April, 09, 2010

Blessing of a commemorative plaque of the Baptism of Father Andre Coindre

On Sunday 28 February, 2010, on the occasion of the 223 anniversary of the Baptism of André Coindre, (28th February 1778) a commemorative a plaque was unveiled and blessed in the parish Church of St. Nizier in Lyon.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Brother José Ignacio Carmona Ollo, superior general, and numerous Brothers of the Sacred Heart and Religious of Jesus and Mary. During the brief ceremony Brother Jesús Ortigosa reminded the assemble guests and faithful that Father André had spared no effort so as to be ‘salt of the earth and light of the world,’ which had been his motto since his days in the major seminary, and that he used all his energies to respond with courage and trust to the needs of his times and surroundings on behalf of young abandoned and de-Christianized young people. Rev. Hugues Jeanson, assistant priest of the parish then proceeded to bless the plaque.

It was Brother Marius Drevet from the Province of France who had initiated the idea of such a plaque, and Brother Jesús Ortigosa did all the necessary background work in order to bring the idea to fruition.

There are now two plaques in the church baptistery, one in honor of St. ClaudineThévenet and just below it, the one in honor of Father Andre Coindre. The two plaques call to mind the baptism of these two people from Lyon who through their close and prophetic collaboration strove to meet the needs of the young people of their era.

April, 09, 2010

Province of Oceania

At its meeting of September 4, 2009, the superior general in council, after having reviewed results of the consultation of the brothers of the province of Colombia regarding the renewal of its administration and in conformity with article 294 d) of the Rule of Life and with the provincial Directory, names Brother René Gallantas provincial and Brothers Eliko Selui, Vincent Bae, Albert Gahetau et Antonio López García-Nieto respectively as first, second, third and fourth provincial councilors.

The term of this provincial administration began January 1, 2010, and ends December 31, 2012.

Congratulations and may you have a fruitful term of office!

January, 29, 2010

General Chapter preparatory calendar

Here is the calendar for various steps in the preparation process for the chapter:

January, 29, 2010

Newly Perpetual Professed in 2009

In 2009, twelve temporary professed consecrated themselves to the Lord for life in the Institute.   These brothers are :

Congratulations to these confreres who have dared to stake everything to follow Christ by consecrating themselves for life.    May there fidelity draw inspiration from this same Christ.   

January, 29, 2010

Newly Temporary Professed in 2009

 In 2009, 31 novices made their first religious profession in the Institute. These brothers are:

Congratulations to these brothers. Let us pray that this first gift of themselves be a source of growth and enrichment as they render service to others.

January, 29, 2010

Province of Colombia

At its meeting of June 2, 2009, the superior general in council, after having reviewed results of the consultation of the brothers of the province of Colombia regarding the renewal of its administration and in conformity with article 294 d) of the Rule of Life and with the provincial Directory, names Brother José Omar Hoyos Ciro as provincial and Brothers Jesús Roldán Arbina, Alfredo Julio Palacio Salgar, José María López Ruiz et Carlos López Torre respectively as first, second, third and fourth provincial councilors.

 The term of this provincial administration begins July 1, 2009, and ends June 30, 2012.

 Congratulations and may you have a fruitful term of office!

June, 29, 2009

 

Province of Madagascar

At its meeting of March 16, 2009, the superior general in council named Brother Joseph Pierre Rakotoarimanana provincial of Madagascar and approved the list of candidates for positions of provincial councilors. The members of the provincial chapter in their assembly on April 8, 2009, elected Brothers Vincent Ernest Rasoamanana, Grégoire Eugène Rafidimanantsoa, Gaéthan Rakotoson and Géorges Razafimamonjy as councilors.

The term of this provincial administration begins August 1, 2009 and ends July 31, 2012.

Congratulations and may you have a fruitful term of office!

May, 10, 2009

 

Province of Haiti

At its meeting of March 5, 2009, the superior general in council approved the candidates for the position of provincial and the candidates for the positions of councilors of the province of Haiti. The members of the provincial chapter in their session on April 4, 2009, elected Brother Jean Élithère Luxama as provincial and Brothers Robert Mésidor, Jacques Anthony Germeil, Gary Pierre and Jean Yvon Lemorin as councilors.

The term of this provincial administration begins May 1, 2009, and ends April 30, 2012

Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

May, 10, 2009

 

Religious Professions

“God has willed to gibe the Church the gift of our Institute. He wants it to take root and spread in the world. And so, in his great love he continues to plant the seeds of this particular vocation in the hearts of certain people.” (Rol, § 174) Yes, Our Lord keeps on calling certain young men who dare answer His call. If you remember well, in July and August 2008, 29 Brothers made their first religious profession. And in December 2008 and January 2009, others said yes to Christ’s call to follow Him in the consecrated life. Here are their names: Brothers André Márcio Brito de Sousa, Raimondo Nonato do Largo Bezerra and Felipe Raphael Paiva da Silva from the Province of Brazil; Brothers José Leonar Botero Martínez, Orlando Gonzales Alarcón and Ricardo Juan Martínez Rueda from the Province of Colombia. Congratulations to all those young men who can rely on God’s presence at their side; may they also count on the prayers and the fraternal support of their elders.

 

February, 1, 2009

 

Province of New Orleans

At its meeting of December 1st, 2008, the superior general in council approved three (3) candidates for the position of provincial superior of New England and eight (8) candidates for the positions of provincial councilors. The members of the provincial chapter joined together January 19, 2009, elected Brother Ronald Talbot as provincial superior and elected the following brothers as councilors:

1. Ronald Hingle,

2. Bernard Couvillion,

3. Ivy Leblanc,

4. Francis David.

 The installation will take place on 1 July 2009.

Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

 

February, 1, 2009

Province of Spain

At its meeting of November 13, 2008, the superior general in council, after having reviewed results of the consultation of the brothers of the province of Spain regarding the renewal of its administration and in conformity with article 294 d) of the Rule of Life and with the provincial Directory, names Brother Guillermo Maylín Uranga as provincial and Brothers Eusebio Calvo Calvo, Carlos Almaraz Ruiz de Eguilaz, José Cruz Sáez de Adana Ruiz de Arbulo and Rafael Hernández respectively as first, second, third and fourth provincial councilors.

The term of this provincial administration begins January 1, 2009, and ends December 31, 2011.

Congratulations and may you have a fruitful term of office!

December, 24, 2008

Province of Austral America

 At its meeting of September 23, 2008, the superior general in council, after having reviewed results of the consultation of the brothers of the province of Austral America regarding the renewal of its administration and in conformity with article 294 d) of the Rule of Life and with the provincial Directory, names Brother Pedro Ortiz Hontoria as provincial and Brothers Ricardo Andrés Agusti, Daniel Alberto Impellizzieri, Nicolás Antuño and Emilio Rodrigo respectively as first, second, third and fourth provincial councilors.

 The term of this provincial administration begins January 1, 2009, and ends December 31, 2011.

 Congratulations and may you have a fruitful term of office!

December, 24, 2008

Province of New England

At its meeting of September 23, 2008, the superior general in council approved three (3) candidates for the position of provincial superior of New England and eight (8) candidates for the positions of provincial councilors. The members of the provincial chapter joined together October 11, 2008, elected Brother Robert Croteau as provincial superior and elected the following brothers as councilors:

1. Mark Hilton,

2. Raymond Hetu,

3. Clifford King,

4. Daniel St. Jacques.

 The installation will take place on 1 January 2009.

Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

October, 13, 2008

THE SACRED HEART COLLEGE IN MADRID

On Christmas day of 2007, two storeys of the central part of the West wing of the Sacred Heart College of Madrid collapsed. The municipal authorities ordered the demolition of that wing and forbade the occupation of the oldest wing running alongside Alfonso XIII street. School activities resumed then in three different centres. Each day 25 school buses moved the students around. Thanks God, the school year went off smoothly.

In the meantime, the unoccupied wing was restored according to actual norms. On September 8, 2008, the municipal authorities gave the green light for the reopening of the college.

At the moment, planning permission for the demolished wing is still pending. We still hope that work will start in October or November of this year. Meanwhile kindergarden classes are located in Prefab premises located on the property of the Sacred Heart nuns.

At the end of the school year of 2006-07, excavations had begun on the school yard of the college to build garages and an underground Sports Centre. It has been completed. We still have to get the necessary authorizations to complete the underground  facilities.

All that required a great deal of effort and commitment from everybody. But it was worth it.

September, 11, 2008

GOLDEN JUBILEE AT THE GENERAL HOUSE

 On Sunday, September 7 2008, the community of the general house paid homage to the 50-year honoree Bro. Paul Montero, General Councillor. The celebration included a Holy Eucharist. homages, an aperitif, a banquet and a gift.  It was worth emphasizing 50 years of fidelity. When celebrating 50 years of religious life, we remember having said yes for 18,262 consecutive days since our first profession.  And this led Bro.Paul to serve the youth, his Province, his Institute and the church as a teacher, formation master, principal and school president, Provincial Superior and General Councillor. His enthousiasm did not falter during all those years. Time does not seem to have altered Bro. Paul's vitality.  For everything he has accomplished and foremost for what he has been and continues to be, he deserves all our admiration and gratitude.

September, 11, 2008

 GUSTAV, HANNA AND IKE DEVASTATE HAÎTI

 The cyclonic season didn't spare Haïti this year. Three hurricanes hit Haïti with devastating gusts of wind. Torrential rains that accompanied Gustav buffeted the Southern coast of Haïti, the South-East especially. Some of our Brothers who had attended the funeral of a confrère's mother were stuck in the mountains for four days.

 Hanna mainly hit the Western and Artibonite departments. The town of Gonaïves was totally flooded. Hanna's gusts of wind did not spare our Formation Centre in Thor: a few trees were urprooted. But our school buildings remained unscathed. A few of our confrères' families suffered some damages though.

 Considerable damages were inflicted by the three cyclones: floodings, landslides and collapsing houses. Six hundred and thirty dead people have been numbered so far. On the eve of the new school year, hundreds of families are in desperate straits, fearing other hurricanes.

September, 11, 2008

NEW ORLEANS PROVINCE AFTER GUSTAV HURRICANE

 Hurricane Gustav entered south Louisiana on Monday, September 1, 2008 and caused severe disruption to normal life throughout Louisiana.  Fortunately for the New Orleans Province the major disruption was primarily a loss of electricity and not physical destruction to its schools and houses.

Mobile (Alabama) was largely unaffected. St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis) evacuated north to Jackson, Mississippi. Five brothers and 30 resident students were housed in the St. Joseph High School gymnasium. They returned the day after the storm and resumed school the following day.

Brother Martin High School (New Orleans, Louisiana) had minimal damage as did the houses and province office in New Orleans. Once power was restored, life quickly returned to normal. Brother Martin resumed classes on September 8.

The most affected areas were Baton Rouge, Thibodaux, and Houma (Louisiana). Catholic High sustained some tree damage but no serious structural damage to buildings. The assisted living residence adjacent to the school had minor damage but both school and house are potentially looking at weeks without electricity. Thibodaux had some damage but nothing catastrophic and the brothers’ residence had no damage. Houma seems to have been ground zero for the storm and there is much destruction there. We are not yet sure the extent of damage to the school. Initial reports indicated some damage but lack of communication and electricity have made it difficult to determine the extent of loss.

September, 11, 2008

RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONS

In July and August, eight Brothers made their perpetual profession: Bros. Samuel Bama from the Province of West Africa, Paul Nantinda from the Province of  Eastern and Southern Africa, Solofo Michel Andriatahina, Joseph Rakotomanga, William Tojo Ramanojosoa, Jean de Dieu Rasolofoniaina and Jean-Michel Tsimanavaka from the Province of Madagascar and finally Bro.Moïse Coly from the Province of Senegal. Congratulations to those Brothers who were courageous enough to risk their future, for they committed themselves to the Lord.

 Many first professions were celebrated during that same period. Here are the names of the new recruits. Bros. Bertrand Béranger Andoang, Jean-Claude Eyada Mbala, Mathirin Fara Pataï, Daniel Lhemma and Jean-Yves Mbaïndiguim from the delegation of Central Africa; Ayité Laurent d'Almeida and David Allasane Traore from the Province of West Africa; Christian Mulenga, Obbyshy Mweemba Mangale and Thabang Calestus Ramaili from the Province of Eastern and Southern Africa; Obnel Augustin, Marc-Sony Chéry, Jean Eddy Colin, Guy Dalcé, Yveto Delbrun, Pierre Mary François, René Raphaël, Gérald Robert and Jean Patrick Voltaire from the Province of Haïti; Hajaniaina Richard Nomenjanahary, Edmond Randriamanampisoa, Jean Flavien Randrianarisoa and Aimé Geogo Philiane Rasolomandimby from the Province of Madagascar; Dimitri Batick and Arnaud Leingkone from the Province of Oceania and Cornelio Baguio, Rogelio Eneco, Diosdado Mondejar and Lamberto Solis from the delegation of the Philippines. In all, 29 new Brothers answered the Lord's invitation.

 With those young men eager to put Christ in the center of their motivation and references, let us be grateful to the Lord who continues to invite men and women to walk in his footsteps.

September, 11, 2008

INTERNATIONAL SESSION FOR LOCAL SUPERIORS ROME, JULY-AUGUST 2008

 Seventeen Brothers coming from the all over the world accepted the invitation that the General Chapter of 2006 sent to the Brothers of the Institute: "Brothers, do you love me enough…" and gathered at the General House in Rome during the summer of 2008 to take part in an international session for local superiors. That session was held from July 10th to August 6th within a rich international environment, thanks to French, English and Spanish-speaking confreres.

 Bro. José Ignacio Carmona was the first speaker. He talked about the importance of establishing intimate bonds with God. Bro. Gaston Lavoie gave a brief account of the Acts of the Chapter of 2006. Bro. Marcel Gagnon presented the modifications brought to our Rule of Life. Those three members of the general administration were replaced by three contributors who conducted the session in turn.

 Bro. Xavier Werneth from the New Orleans Province narrated his experience as superior of a local community. Drawing his inspiration from the Rule of Life, the formation guide and his own experience, he talked to us about the things which those in charge live through. He went on about the relationship between the Brothers and the superior, the organization of a local community and the importance of community meetings for the smooth running of the house and also the sharing of our charisma with our collaborators.

 Bro. Roméo Bonsaint from the New England Province stressed the importance of the regular interview as a privileged tool for the animation of a local community. Thanks to his experience, he taught us techniques used in an interview making an important distinction between the interview and the support of our Brothers. The local superior who is willing to lend a sympathetic ear becomes a sign of the Lord's love for his Brothers.

 The last contributor was Bro. Francisco Javier Sáez de Maturana Municha who made us discover our Father's love for us day after day. Basing himself on biblical texts and using Power Point montages, he made us discover and understand God's many faces and the importance of meeting the Lord Jesus in prayers and events of life.

 Prayers celebrated within linguistic groups and well animated liturgies punctuated the session. Exchanges were held in small groups and plenary meetings to let everyone react, think and tell about his own experience.

 Visits included the San Gabriele sanctuary followed by an excursion in the mountains, Assisi, a guided tour of the excavations under Saint Peter's Basilica and a meal by the Brothers' swimming pool of dell'Imbrecciato street. The Brothers took time to explore the rich cultural heritage of what Rome has to offer. In short it was an unforgettable experience for all the participants. Many thanks to the organizers, Bros. Léon Lussier, Nelson Dionne amd Cristobal Calzado.

September, 11, 2008

BROTHER JEAN-LOUIS DION

At the end of June 2008, Brother Jean-Louis Dion was returning to Canada after serving the Institute as general archivist since September 1997. He carried out  a colossal task: the material organization of the archives, the gathering of documents, the keeping and updating of the Brothers' files, sorting of numerous documents, creation of computerized data, without mentioning his other duties as local Superior (1988-2002), organist, barber, driver and so on… The Institute is indebted to Bro. Jean-Louis Dion for there were so many things to do upon his arrival. His successor will inherit a well organized and functional department. Bro. Jean-Louis put his heart into his work in such a manner that some of his heartbeats will still be faintly heard by his successor in a nook of the archive room. The latter will bow out of respect for the man who accomplished such a great task with such care and accuracy.

September, 11, 2008

TWENTY-THREE PARTICIPATE IN FIRST ROME INTERNATIONAL SYNTHESIS EXPERIENCE

 Twenty-three participants of the Coindre Leadership Program (CLP) of the three American provinces gathered at the Brothers of the Sacred Heart general house in Rome from June 20 through July 5 for the first Rome International Synthesis Experience (RISE).

 The local international community of Brothers in Rome warmly welcomed their American confreres and their 13 lay partners who had completed the initial three-year program of intensive reading, reflection, and sharing with a mentor regarding the charism and spirit of Father Andre Coindre as it applies to Catholic education today. The purpose of the Coindre Leadership Program, an ongoing formation program sponsored by the U.S. Federation for the Brothers’ lay partners, is to form leaders who in turn will mentor others in their school communities.

 The RISE program included a conference with Brother Jose Ignacio, Superior General, and his council; presentations on the seven characteristics flowing from the “Charism Statement of the Three US Provinces”; a two-day silent retreat led by Br. Bernard Couvillion, former Superior General; a meeting with the Vatican Commission on Catholic Education; as well as prayer and a supper meeting with members of the Sant’Egidio lay community in Rome.

 Using PowerPoint slide shows to highlight seven characteristics of Coindre’s charism, the CLP board members and provincials made presentations: Br. Bernard Couvillion, Br. Ivy LeBlanc, Br. Francis David, Br. Joseph Holthaus, Br. Joseph Rocco, Mr. John Devin, Mr. Larry Walsh, and Br. Mark Hilton.

 A major part of the program included prayers and liturgies prepared by the CLP board. Br. Nelson Dionne, an ordained Brother from the New England Province, presided at the liturgies. Another integral part of RISE consisted of small and large group discussions aimed at sharing and synthesizing lived experiences that illustrated Coindre’s charism in action.

 In addition the program included a 4th of July pool-side picnic with the nearby Italian Brothers at Imbrecciato, a tour of the Brothers’ school Cristo Re in Rome, tour of the Scavi to St. Peter’s tomb below St. Peter’s basilica in the Vatican, and a trip by chartered bus to Assisi.

 Br. Ivy LeBlanc, overall director of the Coindre Leadership Program, commented at the closing commissioning ceremony how pleased he was with this initial RISE program and he challenged the participants to continue to be transformed by the spirituality of the Heart of Christ as they build Christian communities in their schools and form future generations of school leaders to the mission and apostolate of Andre Coindre. Preparations for the next RISE, scheduled for 2012, are already underway.

July, 7, 2008

The general council has returned to Rome.

 The members of the general council are currently in Rome after having made the canonical visits of three provinces. In each province the visits consisted primarily in meetings with the provincial council, two meetings with each local community, interviews with each Brother, and fraternal visits to different works of the province.

 Brothers Jose Ignacio Carmona, Gaston Lavoie and Charles Biagui arrived in Rome May 21 after their two-month visit to the province of Canada. They participated in the province chapter and animated six regional gatherings of Brothers. A special dimension of the province is its inauguration of new social, educational or pastoral work with lay partners. Their report of the visit was given to the current provincial in council as well as to the members of the council-designate who will begin their mandate on  July 1st.

 Brothers Paul Montero and Denis Plourde returned May 26 from their visit to the province of New England.  Prior to that they had made the canonical visitation of the province of Colombia from March 14 to April 20. 

 In Colombia they also visited the high school formation center.  During the visits to the province’s seven schools, they met with groups of students to listen to their concerns and to encourage them in their future endeavors.  The schools accept many students who are not able to pay regular tuition.  The province also sponsors works devoted to underprivileged young people. Our Brothers in Colombia are fully dedicated to the schools, and the goodly number of young Brothers offer hope for a bright future.

 In New England Brothers Paul and Denis also toured Mt. St. Charles Academy and Bishop Guertin High School where they met with the administrative teams, and they visited several ministry sites involving Brothers not directly engaged in the schools.  Although the Brothers of the province of New England are aging and diminishing in number, they are committed with much energy and dedication to their various ministries and are facing their future with a positive attitude. In February Brother Paul had visited our Brothers at St. Columba’s in St. Alban’s, England, which is a school and local community of the province of New England. 

 These regular visits allow the members of the general council to know better the life and ministry of their confreres and to appreciate what each Brother is currently doing.  The visits also permit the general council to deepen among the Brothers the ordinance of the general chapter of 2006: A pilgrimage of hope along the road of communion.

 

may, 28, 2008

Province of France

 At its meeting of February 27, 2008, the superior general in council approved two (2) candidates for the position of provincial superior of France and seven (7) candidates for the positions of provincial councilors. The members of the provincial chapter joined together May 9 and 10, 2008 in Paradis, reelected Brother Gabriel Gardes as provincial superior for a second term and elected the following brothers as councilors:

1. René Sanctorum,

2. Marcel Chapel,

3. Jean Bonnet,

4. Joseph Court.

Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

 

May, 8,  2008

Province of Canada

 During the working session of February 27 and of March 3, 2008, the Superior General in Council named Brother Serge Toupin as Provincial Superior of the Province of Canada, and Brothers René Goyette and Yves Granger, as the full-time first and second councilors respectively.  Also, it approved a list of eight (8) candidates for the positions of Provincial Councilors.  The members of the Provincial Chapter, which was held at Victoriaville on April 12, 2008, completed the makeup of the provincial council by electing four other councilors.  They are, in order of election, Brothers Donald Bouchard, Martin Yelle, Jean-Guy Roy and Dominique Savard.  Brothers Jasmin Houle and Claude Dubreuil were elected as the first and second alternates respectively.

April, 23,  2008

The Delegation of the Philippines

 During its working session on December 7, 2008, the Superior General in council, after having consulted with all the entities concerned, decided to place the delegation of the Philippines under the auspices of the Federation of the three provinces of the United States.  This decision becomes effective as of May 1, 2008.

 Five principal reasons motivated this transfer: it is a way of facilitating communications through the common usage of English in both the Philippines and the United States; the delegation was already part of the English language conference; the similarities between the educational structures of the delegation and of the US provinces is even more important; the delegate has, in the past, participated in several meetings organized by the federation of the US provinces; the Province of Canada is also responsible for the delegation of Central Africa.

 According to the Rule of Life, a delegation must have a canonical link to a single province; that is why, even if the delegation of the Philippines continues its existence under the auspices of the federation, the Superior General in Council has chosen the Province of New York to ensure such a link.  As such, all the canonical decisions that could be taken by the federation will have to be confirmed by the New York provincial, alone or in council. By way of example, the federation, following a consultation, has named the council of the delegation and the Provincial in Council of the New York province has confirmed that nomination during a meeting which was held on February 12, 2007.  That is how Brother Ellaquim Sosmeña was named the delegate of the Provincial and Brothers Edgardo Escuril and Jose Godofredo Sapigao were named as the first and second councilors of the delegation.

 In conformity with Appendix A3 of the Rule of Life, this new council will be invested with authority through a delegation of powers that will enable it to assume its responsibilities.  Moreover, this council will be in place until June 30, 2009, the date at which the current administration of the New York province will end its term. 

The coming May 1st constitutes a new beginning for the delegation.  All the Institute hopes that it continues its pilgrimage with hope and prays that the Lord will accompany them with his grace and light.  We express our gratitude to those who have built up this part of the Institute.  We extend our best wishes to those who now take up the task: the brothers of the delegation, its council, the Province of New York and the Federation of the three US provinces.

April, 23,  2008

Province of Senegal

 At its meeting of February 27 and 28, 2008, the superior general in council approved a list of three (3) candidates for the position of provincial superior and another list of six (6) candidates for the positions of provincial councilors. The members of the provincial chapter joined together April 4 and 5, 2008 in Nianing, Senegal, elected Brother André Rémy Koublanou as provincial superior and the following brothers as councilors:

1. Paul Michel Thiakane,

2. Stéphane Léon Sané,

3. Marcelin Coly,

4. Hyacinthe Ndiaye.

 The term of this provincial administration begins July 1, 2008, and ends June 30, 2011.

 Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

April 8, 2008

Vocations

New members

The Lord continues to place in some young hearts the seeds of the consecrated life. (Cf. R of L. Art 174) The entry into the noviciate of six new candidates, all desirous of making that all-important initial step in fulfilment of their desire to give themselves to Christ in the Institute bears witness to this reality. In point of fact, on December 26, 2007 three aspirants from the province of Brazil began their noviciate; they are: Mateus LINO, Geraldo VIEIRA DO SANTO and Sergio LENINE MARTINS. The next day three aspirants from the province of Columbia, namely, Orlando GONZALES, Ricardo MARTÍNEZ and José Leonar BOTERO, took the same step. The six young men will meet together in Lima, Peru where the common noviciate for the conference of Latin America/Spain is located. Let us accompany them with our prayers so that their noviciate experience may be a determining influence in their lives.

First professions

On January 1, 2008 Brother Rogério Luiz da SILVA, from the province of Brazil made his first profession. And the following January 12 Brothers Javier MARTÍNEZ PABÓN, Juan Esteban SANTAMARÍA RODRÍGUEZ and Handerson VALLEJO ARENAS followed suit.

Perpetual Professions

The institute also has five new perpetually professed brothers. On December 1, 2007 Brother Louis François COLY, from the province of Senegal, made his consecration to the Lord for life in the institute, as did likewise on December 23, Brothers Mauricio BARRAGÁN VARGAS, Jorge William GARCÍA PAVAS and Wilbert Antonio MEDINA WINTACO of the province of Colombia. And finally, on January 1, 2008 came the moment for Brother Adir João BERTON of the province of Brazil to follow their lead and pronounce the formula of profession himself.

The generosity of these fifteen young must surely stir up our admiration.  Let us support them with our prayers as we give thanks unto the Lord who has filled the institute with such blessings.

January 14, 2008

Situation in Kenya

A word from Brother John Mayuka, provincial superior of ESA, about the situation in Kenya

 The situation in Kenya remains volatile. The scholasticate community has stocked up a bit of food hoping that the situation will improve. I spoke to both Nyasha and Tony. They are okay but everyone has to stay home. Our prayers and best wishes for the great country of Kenya are indeed needed. Violence is largely in the slum areas. Langata seem to be relatively quiet. We hope the situation can improve for things to normalise. Meanwhile businesses are shut and the town center is sealed off. Your prayers needed. We pray for them and the whole country and its political leadership.

 John Mayuka, s.c.

January 3, 2008

A new provincial administration

Province of Eastern and Southern Africa

At its meeting of September 13, 2007, the superior general in council approved a list of three (3) candidates for the position of provincial superior and another list of seven (7) candidates for the positions of provincial councilors. From December 29 till 31 2007 the, members of the provincial chapter elected Brother John Mayuka as provincial superior for a second term and the following brothers as councilors:

1     John Chindangu,

2     Charles Kabeta,

3     Ignatius Lesole Griffith,

4     James Omara.

The term of this provincial administration begins January 1, 2008, and ends December 31, 2010.

Congratulations and may you have fruitful term of office!

January 1, 2008

Mobile Teams of CIAC

 From December 10 to 21, 2007 the brothers appointed as members of the CIAC “flying squad” to pass on to the institute the “torch” of the institute’s pedagogy of trust and spirituality of compassion (Cf. A Pilgrimage of Hope, pp. 25) met at the André-Coindre International Center in Lyon.

 Superior general, Brother José Ignacio Carmona, shared a few words of welcome with the participants. He took the opportunity to remind all present of the significance of CIAC’s historic setting and of the importance of broadening CIAC’S mandate of promoting an increased knowledge of the person and of the work of our founder, André Coindre. He articulated the mandate of the members of the respective “flying squads,” and invited the members to make the moment a great experience in brotherhood. He also thanked the members for their availability and wished them all a fruitful mission.

 Brother Nelson Dionne of the province of New England was given the role of coordinator with the result that CIAC was a hive buzzing with activity throughout the period of the meetings. In addition to sharing together the range of experiences taking place in the various regions of the institute, the participants were made aware of the materials which the permanent CIAC team has on hand already; they reflected on the complementarities of the “flying squads” and the permanent team, and on ways to explain the functioning of these respective flying squads. They also considered the roles of the coordinators of each to the language teams. The participants then immediately and resolutely set to work within the parameters of the mandate which has been entrusted to them. They established a retreat model, prepared materials to foster a better updating of the charism, and suggested possible activities to assist our partners in the mission in attaining a better formation in pedagogy based on trust.

Two brothers from the province of France made significant contributions to the group: Brother Marius Drevet, unofficial researcher on the early days of the institute, presented his most recent discoveries, and Brother René Sanctorum, a resource person at the service of the permanent CIAC team, gave a presentation of the spirituality of the institute.

 At 4 o’clock on Thursday, December 20 the participants visited the Church of St. Bruno, at which time one member gave a reading of a homily of André Coindre at the very spot where the latter had given it. The visit concluded with a mass celebrated in the chapel where Father Coindre had called Claudine Thévenet to be superior and foundress of the congregation of the Sister of Jesus and Mary. During the Eucharistic celebration, the brothers renewed their vows.

 The next day, Friday, there was one last big team effort to complete the work, and on Saturday each of the participants returned to his own country, happy with the work accomplished and energized at the prospect of bringing to completion the task at hand.

 These “flying squads” are intended to be a kind of extension of CIAC, and in no way are to be seen as an end to the mission of CIAC itself. In point of fact CIAC remains irreplaceable as a historic site for learning about both the person and the work of our founder, André Coindre. May the mission of CIAC continue long and fruitfull.

December 30, 2007

Revision Commission for the Formation Guide of the Institute

The commision for the revision of the Institute’s Formation Guide met at the general house from December 10 till 14 2007. The members of the commission are Brothers Ángel David Agudelo, Luc Boudreault, Claude Dubreuil, Domingos Goulart, Raymond Hetu et Jean Toora.

On behalf of Brother superior general José Ignacio Carmona and the general council, Brother Gaston Lavoie, general councillor, welcomed the members. The latter presented the commission’s madate and the suggested time perameters for the commission’s work.

Each of the members then gave a brief presentation and shared a few significant aspects of peresonal experience with regard to the mandate received. One of its first activities would be to draw up a list of the various themes to be considered. Its main elements were the experience of God, the charism (André Coindre, Brother Polycarp and the Rule of Life), partnership in the mission, aspirants, initial formation, on-going formation after perpetual vows and for senior brothers. The members of the commission are of the opinion that the themes of the experience of God and of the charism are transversal themes which will have to be integrated into all the stages of formation.

Over the course of there meetings, these brothers began their study of some of these themes. They also drew up a list of resource persons who might be helpful to them in the advancement of their work; the members also shared out tasks to be accomplished before their next meeting to be held in Canada from September 8 to 12, 2008.

December 30, 2007

Accident in Madrid

On Christmas morning at 7.20, two of the beams from the roof of the theatre at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Madrid suddenly gave way, and  two thirds of the total surface area of the theatre came crashing down. The under-floor supporting steel work resisted the impact of the falling superstructure and no other part of the wing was affected.  Happily no one was hurt since there were no injuries as the building was vacant at the time of the incident.

The fire department and the building works department found no link between this fall in and the lateral pillars supporting one of the beams which fell and the work now in progress in the playground, nor with the fact that the roof is now being used as an alternative play area for the school.

The section of the wing where the roof gave way will be completely demolished, resulting in a separation of the school into two distinct sections.

Clearly this event has provoked calls from the parent community for guarantees of security for their children before the students return after the holidays.

Yet another consequence of this accident will be a delay for the provincial chapter which was to take place on December 28.

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December 29, 2007

 Revision of the Formation Guide of the Institute

 Nomination of the Commission

The superior general in council names the commission for the revision of the Formation Guide of the Institute: Brothers Ángel David Agudelo (COL) Luc Boudreault (PHI), Claude Dubreuil (CAN), Domingos Goulart (BRE), Raymond Hetu (NE) and Jean Toora (AFO).  Furthermore, the superior general in council asks Br. Luc Boudreault to serve as coordinator of the commission.

 First meeting

The superior general in council requests that the commission gathers for a first meeting at the Generalate for work sessions which will take place from December 10th - 14th, 2007.   Brother Gaston Lavoie will serve as representative of the general council to initiate the meeting.

 Mandate

1.   The mandate of the commission will be to set in motion “a new edition of the Formation Guide of the Institute which will:

·   develop new ways to ‘lead the person to an increasingly more intimate experience of God’ and to ‘integrate prayer and action’ (R 177) at the various stages of life;

·   energize the practice of spiritual accompaniment as the most genuinely fraternal way to expand the roles of the imagination and the affections in prayer;

·   utilize the Rule of Life and the writings of Andre Coindre and Brother Polycarp on prayer in they hope of presenting our particular charism of prayer in new language” (Ordinance 2006 1st dimension, c).

2.   “The point of departure for the revised Formation Guide will be ongoing formation in view of incarnating our charism:

·   Initial formation would be treated as a fundamental orientation toward lifelong formation.

·   Making use of the positive experiences in the Institute, the revision would include principles of formation of partners, who would participate in the elaboration of this section”  (Ordinance 2006 3rd dimension, e).

3.   The superior general in council hopes that the commission expands upon the means outlined by the general chapter regarding the proposed revision, that it corrects the deficiencies in the present edition and places more emphasis on the psychological aspects of human development and personal growth.

 Completion Date

The superior general in council asks that the commission submits a preliminary report by September 2009.  This report will be presented to the members of the general conference to be held in October 2009.

Meeting of September 17, 2007

CIAC, nomination and mandate

 Nomination of the members of the mobile teams

The superior general in council appoints the members of the mobile teams of CIAC. The English speaking group will consist of Brothers Paul Demers (NE), Ray Hebert (NO) and Ivy LeBlanc (NO); the Spanish speaking group will include Brothers Eusebio Calvo (ESP), Ramón Luis García (ESP) and Avelino Guerrero (AMA); the French speaking group comprise Brothers Guy Brunelle (CAN), Augsutin Nelson (HAÏ) and Marthial Ndour (SEN). The superior general will appoint others brothers as resourceful persons.

 First meeting

The superior general in council requests that the three mobile teams to meet for the first time at CIAC for working sessions from December10th - 21st, 2007 and asks that Brother Nelson Dionne serves as facilitator. The superior general will be present at the start of the meetings as representative of the general council to launch and to direct the work. The purpose of the two weeks is to create basic documents for future use.

 The role of the permanent team

The primary role of the permanent team will be to provide the mobile teams with the necessary documents to begin planning their activities. In addition, Brother Jésus Ortigosa is asked to serve as liaison to make possible the exchange of materials among the teams.

 Coordination of requests

The superior general in council asks Brother Ivy LeBlanc to serve as coordinator of requests coming from the English sectors; Brother Ramón Luis García will do the same for the Spanish speaking sector and Brother Guy Brunelle for the French speaking entities. These three coordinators will liaise with Brother Jésus Ortigosa.

 Mandate

The Superior general in council requests that the mobile teams “find means to multiply the experiences lived at CIAC and to ‘carry the flame’ of the pedagogy of trust and the spirituality of compassion to the wider institute” (Ordinance 2006, 3rd dimension, c). To realize this objective, the superior general in council asks that the mobile teams prepare concrete activities that can be offered to the institute: retreats, animation sessions for brothers and lay partners, sessions for initial formation, and create pedagogical materials that will support these activities and which can be utilized everywhere without always having to have recourse to members of the team. The teams will first study the proposals which they can revise. The expenses incurred to “carry the flame” will become the responsibility of the entities that request the services.

Meeting of September 17, 2007

Postulator for the causes of saints.

At their meeting of September 17, 2007, the superior general in council named Brother Conrad Pelletier, postulator to the causes of Saints.  To assist him in his work, he named a team comprising Brother Roger Bossé (NE), Cristóbal Calzado (ESP) and Ignace Sambou (SÉN).

The postulator and his team will first occupy themselves with the cause of Brother Polycarp, while maintaining an openness to all causes of the institute.   Besides promoting the cause for the beatification of Brother Polycarp, the team will make known his name and life’s achievement.   That is why they will draw out:

·         His creative faithfulness to the charism of our founder.

·         The very high esteem he held for religious life as brother

·         And his educational vision for young people.

 

Two new provincial administrations

Province of West Africa

 At its meeting of February 27, 2007, the superior general in council named Brother Donat Denat to a second term of three years as provincial of West Africa.  In addition, the council approved a list of eight (8) candidates for the position of provincial councilor.  On March 26, 2007, members of the provincial chapter of the province of West Africa elected the following brothers as councilors:

  1.  Brother Roger Zadi Bley;

  2. Brother Athanase Oré;

  3. Brother Jean Philippe Iroukoura;

  4. Brother Prosper Togo;

Alternate: Brother Christian Baï.

The term of this provincial administration begins July 1, 2007, and ends June 30, 2010.

  Province of Brazil

At its meeting of June 6, 2007, the superior general in council named Brother Juvenal Borges to a first term of three years as provincial of Brazil.  In addition, the council approved a list of eight (8) candidates for the position of provincial councilor.  On June 25, 2007, members of the provincial chapter of the province of Brazil elected the following brothers as councilors:

  1.  Brother José Roberto de Carvalho,

  2. Brother Domingos Maria Goulart,

  3. Brother Luís Eduardo de Oliveira

  4. Brother Reginaldo José Romão.

 The term of this provincial administration begins August 1, 2007, and ends July 31, 2010. 

We thank these brothers who have accepted to offer this fraternal service of authority. May the Lord strengthen and guide them so that they might be guides who lead the way along the road of communion that the institute wishes to travel between now and 2012.