On December 13, the Marist postulants from around the Arco Norte region met, to continue to build a sense of fraternity and to strengthen our identity as a global Marist family. After re-introducing ourselves to the group, we were led in a prayer service that was in both English and Spanish and which was centered on the image of our Lady of Guadalupe. A song was used to help the set the tone for our opening prayer and time together.

Afterwards, we began to share what we have enjoyed most during our time in postulancy; whether it was community life, weekend retreats, manual work, learning to cook or community prayers. All prove to be valuable components and experiences during this stage of formation.

After the first round of sharing, Br. Javier led the postulants in a brief dance break. Everybody was taught the routine and then invited to do the activity together. There was a lot of laughter and fun as we all imitated the movements led by Bro. Javier. It was a fun break.

The second round of questions focused on the challenges we experienced during our postulancy. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was a common source of frustration, but besides that the postulants discussed some of the growing pains of community life and the difficulties that can be encountered with introspection and personal reflection. The postulants were asked to make suggestions for improving the program. Several of the postulants mentioned that it would be better to bring more people into the formation experience. Some possibilities that were shared were working with other Marists from across the region, interacting with other religious congregations, and connecting with lay Marist groups.

Finally, each member was asked to bring an object that symbolized their postulancy experience. It was a fun and reflective ending to a great gathering!

Fraternally,

Robert Dittus and Moises Gonzalez.

Coordinators of the Postulants of Arco Norte