The District of France and French-speaking Europe

Ilaria Iadeluca
Director of communications
Brothers of the Christian Schools – Rome

March 12th, 2020, Brother Superior officially authorised the change of name for
the District of France, which now becomes the District of France and French-speaking Europe. It comprises France (with its overseas territories), South Belgium, Greece and Switzerland.

A Districtis, in the first place, a structural unit of government in the
organisation of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

The Rule, (Chapter 9, article 132), states as follows:

132. “The District, as the ordinary expression of the communion existing between the communities and the Brothers who compose it, is more than a structure of government. It manifests and supports the fraternal union which enables all, communities and Brothers, to help one another to shoulder together the responsibility for their life and their apostolic work.

For this reason, the chief mission of those in charge of the District is to promote the unity, as well as the active participation of the Brothers and communities and, by this means, ensure the value and efficacy of their witness within the local Church.

The District is also called to establish and maintain relations with other Districts or Delegations, and strengthen those uniting it to the Centre of the Institute.”

Currently, the Institute
is organised into 29 Districts
3 Delegations. The PARC Region has 4 Districts and 1 Delegation
(India); RELAF has 6 Districts and 1 Delegation (Rwanda); RELAL has 8 Districts;
RELAN has 4 Districts; RELEM has 7 Districts and 1 Delegation (North Belgium).

In total, the District of France today numbers 316 Brothers and 212 establishments
distributed as follows.

France: 277 Brothers and 147 establishments.

South Belgium: 28 Brothers and 60 establishments.

Greece: 3 Brothers and 4 establishments.

Switzerland: 6 Brothers and 1 establishment.

Two Brothers from the District are working outside
their own country, one in Italy and one in Peru.

In terms of the mission, the District serves 147,193 students in formal education and 17,265 in informal education.
In terms of lay teaching staff, there
are 16,500 in total (5,921 men and 10,579 women).

The Visitor of the District is Brother Jean-René Gentric
and he is assisted by Brothers Claude Reinhardt, Daniel Elzière and Nicolas
Capelle. Nicolas Capelle will be directly responsible for
the animation of South Belgium.

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