General Council and Community
The Generalate is where the General Council resides. The Council’s mission is to maintain, strengthen and symbolize the unity of the Congregation in its plurality of Units. The Council seeks to promote, encourage and animate initiatives intended to deepen the spirit of the Congregation, to clarify the mission of Marianist life in the Church and to ensure the development of the Congregation by fostering its continuous adaptation to the needs of the Church and the world. (See RL I. 123)
General Council 2012-2017
Left to right:
Sr. Susanna Kim, Korean, Assistant for Religious Life
Sr. M. Franca Zonta, Italian, Mother General
Sr. Ana Lúcia de Góes, Brazilian, Assistant for Education
Sr. Gretchen Trautman, American, Assistant for Temporalities
This community also includes other sisters who support and collaborate in the Casa Generalizia.
Visit to the Casa Generalizia
In the entrance hall a resin sculpture represents the four branches of the Marianist Family, emphasizing our educational mission and the promotion of women.
The artist Maurizio Carnevali has creatively expressed some aspects of our mission.
In the middle hallway there is a gallery of souvenirs from various parts of the world and in the background, a painting depicting Adèle in her missionary desire to embrace the world by announcing Jesus, her “beloved,” and rescuing lives for the Lord.
In the parlor we can contemplate a small exhibition, in which on the occasion of the Bicentennial, we wanted to show some historical ítems from our archives. We can also see there the photos of our Mothers General.
The chapel was remodeled in 2016 on the Bicentennial of our foundation and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Generalate. The artist has been Paolo Orlando, who expressed very well three biblical scenes inspiring our Marian tradition: the Wedding of Cana, Calvary and Pentecost. Guarding this sacred space are our Founders, on the sides.
The archive preserves the whole history of the Congregation, being the place where one can “frequent the past to dream and project the future”.
In the garden, a beautiful image of the Virgin, welcomes all who come to the house and blesses our many comings and goings.