14 Sep Latin American Continental Congress for Formators
The Formators’ Congress of the four Latin American Conferences was held in São Paulo, Brazil from September 3-9, 2017. 65 formators from all the entities of each Conference – Guadalupana (Mexico and Central America), Brazilian, Bolivarian and the ConoSur. – participated in the Congress. The theme of the Congress was “Accompaniment in Community Life.”
The Congress began with the Eucharist celebrated by Br. Fidenzio Vanboemmel, Provincial Minister of the Province of the Immaculate Conception, in whose territory the Congress took place. On the first day Br. Caesar Vaiani, Secretary General for Formation and Studies spoke on “Mutual Accompaniment in Fraternal Life”; next day Br. Sinisa Balajic, the Vice-Secretary, presented “Lifelong Formation as an Accompaniment in Ordinary Life”; on the third day Br. Bernardo Brandao, Minister of the Province of Our Lady of the Assumption in Brazil spoke of “The Guardian, Companion of Fraternal Life: His Role and His Formation” and finally, on the fourth day, Br. Ramiro de La Serna, of the Argentinian Province of San Francisco Solano, explained the relationship between ongoing formation and vocation animation.
The Congress used an important methodology consisting of study groups which process some reflections and proposals that are then shared so that at the end of the Conference a “statement of intent” can be formulated to offer help to the work of formators in the Provinces.
This Conference is the second in a series of six Conferences that will be celebrated from 2017 to 2019 on the same subject of accompaniment in community life, in obedience to the decisions of the last General Chapter.