November 11 to 29, 2013
After two weeks of discussion on Lasallian Pastoral Ministry with lay persons, Brothers, and Sisters, the CIL program spent three intense weeks on the vocation to Lasallian religious life: Brothers and Sisters.
The first week was devoted to a discussion on the identity of the Lasallian religious. The first facilitator for this session was Brother Sean Sammon, the former Superior General of the Marist Brothers. Sean set the context of the Brother’s vocation within the present context of the Church and the world. The second facilitator was Brother Santiago Rodríguez Mancini from the District of Argentine-Paraguay. His task was to present a focus of narrative identity and its application to vocational ministry.
The second week was centered on the pastoral ministry of vocations for new candidates to Lasallian religious life. Brother Felix Joseph, the Secretary for Initial Formation, began the discussion on this topic and he was followed by Father Amedeo Cencini and finally by Brother Arian Lopez from LEAD. This week was particularly useful and practical for the participants. The discussions in small and large groups showed that this topic offered new clues and ideas for the work of those who work in vocation ministry.
The third week dealt with the topic of accompaniment/mentoring. Brother Jesús Rubio, Secretary for Initial Formation, spent the first few days talking about the accompaniment/mentoring of Brothers. Finally, Dr. Esther Lucía Awad focused her remarks on the abilities and skills needed for accompaniment/mentoring.
Some members of the General Council also met with the CIL group to share their thoughts on the third part of Circular 466 which is devoted to vocation ministry.
More than just a formation program, the CIL session was an experience in which we celebrated the joy of our vocation to consecrated Lasallian life lived out in very diverse cultural and geographic contexts. The experience was motivational and innovative for the participants who surely returned to their Districts and sectors to pass on the hope needed to continue working enthusiastically on the building of a new culture of vocational ministry.