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the Encounters Project of the Marianist Family in the United States.

In February 2022, the Marianist Family Council of North America endorsed the formation of the Marianist Family Encounters Project to facilitate a multi-year journey of responding to Pope Francis’ calls to action in his encyclicals, Fratelli Tutti (2020) and Laudato Si’ (2015).

We, the Marianist Family, are embarking on this journey, trusting in the Holy Spirit to inspire us towards a creative and collaborative response to Pope Francis’ proposals in the Global Compact on Education – the seven commitments – by embracing the goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform – the seven action areas.

This focus will invite us, personally and in our communities and ministries, to bring about meaningful and life-giving encounters at the intersection of the cry of the poor, the cry of the earth, and the gift of our Marianist charism.

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by Bro. Salvatore Santacroce, SM


The Seven Commitments
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  1. Place the value and dignity of the Human Person at the center of every formal and informal education process

  2. Commit to study, finding new ways of understanding the economy, politics, growth, and progress, in order to ensure they are fully at the service of mankind and the whole Human Family within an integral ecology

  3. Educate others and ourselves to welcome all, especially opening up to the most Vulnerable and Marginalized

  4. Promote full participation of Girls and Young Women in education

  5. Have Families be the first and indispensable educators

  6. Safeguard and care for our Common Home

  7. Listen to the voices of Children, Teenagers, and the Young


The Seven Action Areas
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  1.   Respond to the Cry of the Earth

  2.   Respond to the Cry of the Poor

  3.   Foster Ecological Economics

  4.   Adopt a Sustainable Lifestyle

  5.   Offer Ecological Education

  6.   Develop Ecological Spirituality

  7.   Support Local Communities

All Marianist entities are called upon to integrate these action areas into the day-to-day life of their communities and their organizational goals and processes.

Marianist Encounters Goals

We respond to the commitments of the Global Compact on Education
and the action areas of the Laudato Si' Action Platform

with the gift of our Marianist Charism for the world
and in light of the Characteristics of Marianist Education.


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