A new session of CIL is in progress here in Rome, and it carries the title of “Leadership and fraternal accompaniment for a renewed and revitalised community life”. A group of 41 Brothers and 5 Sisters are meeting to discuss the type of leadership needed in religious communities today and in the future. Three weeks of the programme will be in Rome, and then there will be ten days of pilgrimage in France to reflect and pray at Lasallian places of interest.
The participants are in positions of leadership in their Districts/Sectors and communities or are preparing to become so. Half the group speak Engish, 30% Spanish and 20% French. They come from various countries in the five Regions of the Institute. The youngest participant is 31, the oldest is 82.
The first week of the programme was spent in sharing ideas on the different situations in community life as experienced by the participants in their different contexts. The second week consisted in a series of illuminating presentations on themes related to the human, Christian and Lasallian dimensions of our life as Brothers. The third week focused directly on the topics of accompaniment and leadership. The fourth and fifth weeks will be taken up with the Lasallian Pilgrimage.
One particular feature of this programme is the emphasis it seeks to place on discernment, by allocating time at the end of each week for discerning the ideas that have been important for individual participants. In addition, each participant has a set time every week to meet with a member of the animating team in order to talk about the way the experience is developing. They can also share this with other participants in small groups.
We hope this programme will be of value to many communities, and that it will help them live in the spirit of Proposition 2 of the 45th General Chapter, which invites to undertake a period of profound personal and community revitalisation.