Posted by Br Robert Schieler
on 1 September 2021
In imitation of Jesus Christ who serves his brothers, and following the example of their Founder, the Brothers consider the exercise of authority as a way of serving the community. Authority has for its purpose to promote communion among all the Brothers, the vitality of the Institute, the efficacy of the mission, and interdependence among the various units that compose it. (The Rule, 111).
Brother Joachim Merian was the last surviving Brother Assistant. He faithfully and zealously served the Institute during a time of transition, turmoil and transformation. His mandate included responsibility for the overseas missions of the Districts of France. During the General Chapter of renewal (1966-1967), he was a member of the commission that drafted the Declaration.
This circular gives us a glimpse of this kind, caring and competent Brother; an extraordinary pastoral leader who inspired the Brothers with his witness to fraternity. Brother Joachim exemplifies the Brother as servant leader in imitation of Jesus Christ.
The Brothers of the General Council and I are grateful to Brother Fernand Becret for drafting the text, to Brother Claude Reinhardt who reviewed the text and to all those Brothers who enriched the circular with their memories of Brother Joachim.