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  • Nairobi, February 2020

    In early February 2020, Brother Vignau (Secretary General EMI) and Mr. Sacheli (Operational Manager) went to Nairobi. The purpose of the trip was to prepare for the transfer of the EMI East Africa Section (now delegated to the Conference of Bishops) to the Province of the Marist Brothers of Central Africa.
    They were thus received by the President of the Conference of Bishops and its Permanent Council and then by the Apostolic Nuncio. They also met the Secretary General of the Conference of Religious and the Secretary General of the Conference of Religious.
    Brother Vignau and Mr. Sacheli also had a long discussion with Sister Joan (Section Manager) and her team, then with Brother Téo (future Section Manager), both to deal with some current affairs and to prepare for the installation of the next team at the Marists International Center.

  • Meeting with Cardinal OUELETT

    On Tuesday, November 26th 2019, Sister AULIAC and Brother VIGNAU met in Rome with Cardinal OUELETT, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

    He is also President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and is well acquainted with the needs of the ecclesiastics of the Latin American sub-continent.

    The exchange took place in the spirit advocated by Pope Francis: “to promote Solidarity”.

    The President of the IMS recalled the canonical duties of the bishops and the services that the IMS offers.

    Cardinal OUELETT showed great interest in the service offer of the IMS and its international operation. He was particularly sympathetic to the non-profit and solidarity nature of the IMS, which is anything but an insurance company.

    Future bishops (in training) as well as those in office can directly contact the Sections or the Central Office for detailed information about the IMS health cover.

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  • The Steering Committee of November 2019

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    The 14 directors of the Steering Committee of the IMS met in Paris on 14 and 15 November 2019. As every year, this meeting is a privileged moment of exchange, in the presence also of the members of the commissions, as well as the persons in charge and the secretaries of Section during the first day. “We represent 3 continents, a small piece of the World,” said Sister Elisabeth Auliac, President, in the introduction.

    The representatives of the Sections shared with the administrators their field experience and the activities of the past year, without forgetting the difficulties encountered and the paths of evolution.
    On this occasion, the assembly welcomed the considerable work carried out by Sister Tecla (Head of East Africa Section) and Sister Charo (Secretary of Central Africa Section) who leave their service within the IMS. Their journey and their commitment were traced with emotion and they were warmly thanked.
    The floor was then given to Sister Joan and Sister Marie-Anne, their respective replacement, who introduced themselves.

    During these two days, the Steering Committee studied the activities of the Office, the accounts of the Association as well as the work of the actuaries.
    These stages allowed to exchange on the important topics of the IMS and led to the vote of the resolutions (revision of the texts, management of the Sections, closing of the accounts, assistance, balance of the Association).
    Appointment was made for the next meeting of the Steering Committee in June 2020, followed by the General Assembly.

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  • IMS in Argentina and Uruguay

    Brother Gregorio and Brother Niceforo went to Argentina and Uruguay to meet the religious conferences.
    The meetings began on April 2nd in Argentina with great interest on the part of the present people, regarding the International Missionary Society.
    In Montevideo (Uruguay) on April 4th, the two Marist Brothers of the IMS Central America Section spoke about the situation of the communities, with the President of the Conference (CONFRU) and the superiors.
    The services of IMS have been detailed; they are fitted to the needs of the congregations in these countries.

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  • Meeting the leaders of the Catholic Church of Latin America

    In March 2019, Sister Elisabeth AULIAC, President of the International Missionary Benefits Society, went to meet the leaders of the Catholic Church of Latin America, in order to present the Association, but also to study the local solutions in terms of health cover. She was accompanied by Brother Henri VIGNAU, Secretary-General, and by Mr Sylvain SACHELI, Operational and Development Manager.

    In Colombia, Monsignor Juan Espinosa JIMENEZ, Secretary-General of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and Monsignor Francisco Nino SUA (his deputy) mentioned the important consideration of the health and social aspects by the dioceses across the continent. The quality of the services may vary according to the countries and the cities, a need the IMS could answer.

    In Chile, Brother Gregorio LINACERO MELON (manager) and Brother Niceforo Garran GONZALES (secretary of the Central America section) were also present alongside Sister AULIAC. They coordinated the IMS intervention before the assembly of the Latin American Conference of Religious (CLAR). Outside the contributions of the President, Brother VIGNAU and Brother LINACERO MELON, three congregation managers spoke about their experience of the solidarity and the services of the IMS.

    Monsignor Ivo SCAPOLO, apostolic nuncio of Chile gave the IMS managers a remarkable welcome, providing important details about the difficulties of certain congregations and monasteries.

    During another meeting, Monsignor Fernando RAMOS, Secretary-general of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference recalled some of the difficulties of the religious; he also reflected on the possible alliance between several health cover systems.

    Finally, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati ANDRELLO, Archbishop of Santiago de Chile also showed his interest in the IMS. The congregations and the communities in difficulty but also the new communities have a clear interest in getting closer to the IMS.

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  • On October 13th 2018 the meeting of the IMS Steering Committee was held

    On October 13th 2018 the meeting of the IMS Steering Committee was held. The day before, a preparatory meeting was held with the IMS sections (General, Belgium, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Madagascar, and Central America); there were rich exchanges about different topics that interested the sections and the groups.

    After her speech, Sister AULIAC (Chemin Neuf Community) wanted to pay tribute to Father MENARD (Society of the Priests of Saint Jacques), who was the administrator then the president during the past 21 years. The participants then detailed the results of the work carried out during the past year, before addressing the decisions.

    Sister AULIAC was elected President of the IMS and Father SERCK (Mutual Fund of the Religious of Belgium) was elected Vice-President. Monseigneur MUGAMBI (Kenya Conference of Bishops) and Father PECQUEUX (Congregation of the Eudists) were named administrators.

    The decisions are quite favourable towards the IMS members, particularly with the contribution of 5 countries decreasing (transition from zone B to zone C), facilities of the implementation of the Social Funds procedure and measured indexations of the contributions.

    The next Steering Committee is scheduled for November 7th 2019.

  • On October 13th 2018 the meeting of the IMS Steering Committee was held

    On October 13th 2018 the meeting of the IMS Steering Committee was held. The day before, a preparatory meeting was held with the IMS sections (General, Belgium, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Madagascar, and Central America); there were rich exchanges about different topics that interested the sections and the groups.

    After her speech, Sister AULIAC (Chemin Neuf Community) wanted to pay tribute to Father MENARD (Society of the Priests of Saint Jacques), who was the administrator then the president during the past 21 years. The participants then detailed the results of the work carried out during the past year, before addressing the decisions.

    Sister AULIAC was elected President of the IMS and Father SERCK (Mutual Fund of the Religious of Belgium) was elected Vice-President. Monseigneur MUGAMBI (Kenya Conference of Bishops) and Father PECQUEUX (Congregation of the Eudists) were named administrators.

    The decisions are quite favourable towards the IMS members, particularly with the contribution of 5 countries decreasing (transition from zone B to zone C), facilities of the implementation of the Social Funds procedure and measured indexations of the contributions.

    The next Steering Committee is scheduled for November 7th 2019.

  • Father Ménard gives up his seat

    President Michel Ménard chose this year to retire. A reception was held on 17 September 2018 : many IMS administrators, the presidents of the various entities of the USM, the representatives of conferences and the staff of the Union Saint-Martin including those of the General Section paid tribute to him.

    56 years of commitment to the Church, including 20 years directly for the benefit of the International Missionary Benefit Society ! Father Michel Ménard has continued, and significantly developed, the international influence of the Association. There are now around 800 congregations, institutes and dioceses which are currently members of the IMS, i.e. 30,000 churchmen/women and priests residing in 140 countries. Assistance is given for thousands of cases every year, which might range from the purchase of a box of drugs costing €2 to a medical evacuation costing €50,000 and between these two examples, classic medical consultations, hospitalisations, the purchase of glasses, etc. The second objective of President Ménard has also been reached : the churchmen/women and priests whose healthcare costs are borne by the Association, can thus better devote themselves to their mission. Finally, faithful to his principles of generosity, the President has maintained a constant effort to support the most disadvantaged groups and the most expensive cases. His messages of solidarity have been relayed widely and constantly.

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  • The IMS present at the AMECEA

    Accompanied by Brother VIGNAU (IMS secretary- general ) and Mr SACHELI (Operational and Development Manager), Sister TECLA (manager of the East Africa section in Nairobi) presented the IMS during the 19th session of the AMECEA (Association of the Episcopal Conferences of East Africa) that took place in Ethiopia (Addis Abeba, July 2018).

    Nearly 400 participants including the majority of the bishops from 9 countries were gathered, as well as the secretaries of 2 dicasteries and representatives, in order to talk about themes of diversity, equality, dignity and peace.

    The audience appreciated the IMS message. Indeed, health issues are a real problem in the area, especially because health cover devices are limited or inappropriate.

    Meetings continued in 2 nearby countries: the IMS was presented in Rwanda and Burundi through meetings and exchanges with nuncios (or their representative), dioceses and congregations. The principle of solidarity has been well understood and the adaptation of the services appreciated by the bishops and the superiors who have to ensure the social protection of their members.

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  • Change of presidency

    Following the resignation of Father Michel MENARD as President, Sister Elisabeth AULIAC has been providing cover for him since June 2018.

    During the next Steering Committee in November 2018, the managers will vote to elect the new President.