Satellite Teams

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Using the questions raised at the International College and analysing the reality of the Movement and the Church in the world of today, the ERI set up 3 Satellite Teams, 2 of which are permanent: Pedagogy and Reflection & Research and 1 which is temporary, Christian Formation.  Furthermore, they decided to create two work groups on sexuality, one from Europe and the other from the Americas.  These two groups merged to form the Evangelising Sexuality Satellite Team.
These Satellite Teams were approved at the International College held in Bordeaux in 2013 and began their work in the October of that same year.
Hereafter follows the aims, composition and tasks of each Satellite Team currently active:

The Pedagogy Team

To deepen and actualise all aspects of the Movement’s structure and to develop tools to support the formation plan of each Super-Region.  To start with, this Satellite Team will revise all documents concerning the Endeavours in order to update them and make sure that they correspond as closely as possible to each Team member’s life.
a) Conjugal Dialogue and the Sit-Down
b) Private and Married Prayer
c) Listening to the Word of God
d) Rule of Life
e) Retreat
f) Magnificat (as a study topic)


Composition of the Satellite Team:
Florence & Jean-Philippe Joubert – France – Coordinating Couple
Mary & Robert Jones - UK
Agostinha & Manuel Carvalho – Portugal
Manu & Xose Manuel Dominguez – Spain
Roger & Emilia Agbozoh – French-speaking Africa — Co-responsible Couple


Tasks for 2014-15
Document on Conjugal Dialogue: already in the final phase of editing
Document on Prayer: a first draft version has been created


Reflection and Research Team

Organise a documentation centre for the Teams of Our Lady
Inventory, archive and update the extant publications of the Super-Regions and Regions attached to the ERI
Organise a database
Complete a comparative revision of extant documents checking that they are in line with the pedagogy, charisma and mystic of the Teams of Our Lady
Potentially make recommendations to the ERI about documents that could become official Teams of our Lady documents, depending on their content and their importance
Make the international Teams of Our Lady’s website’s database available to the Super-Regions and Regions attached to the ERI


 Composition of the Satellite Team:
Maria Graciete & José Rebelo – Portugal – Coordinating Couple
Elisabeth & François Hatey – France
Brigitte & Hubert Wattelet – Belgium
Maryves & Cristoforo Codrino – Italy

Tasks for 2014-15
Constitute a true team
Establish a work programme in line with the mission assigned to the team
The database has been set up already and the basic information has been entered

Christian Formation Team

The aim is to configure a basic catechetical plan for Teams of Our Lady members so that they can deepen their knowledge about our religion and our Church.
The point of departure is the Movement’s concern to fill in the gaps in certain Team members’ Christian formation by offering them the possibility of enriching their Christian life.  Christian education is to be understood as an integral and permanent process, which a) carries the person or the couple to different stages of maturity in their faith and in their spiritual, pastoral and community life; b) begins at a certain moment of their life and never ends; c) must be constantly nourished in the doctrinal, pastoral and spiritual perspective and d) answers the necessity of bearing witness to the Gospel in our current world.
This team’s work began on October 12th, 2013 at a meeting in Bogota, Columbia.

 Composition of the Satellite Team:
Mariola & Eliseu Calsing – Brazil – Coordinating Couple
Maria Stella & German Mahecha – Columbia
Ginette & Martin Bergeron – Canada
Virginia & Marcos Kisil – Brazil
Padre Silvio Cajiao – Columbia
Vee & René Pols – Australia – Co-responsible Couple

Tasks for 2014-15
A Christian Formation plan has already been drawn up using the methodology or basic elements of a formation process based on the theology of The Road to Emmaus.  The Teams is currently working on the content of eight classes: Old Testament, New Testament, Christology, Ecclesiology, Sacraments, Liturgy, Spirituality and Morality.  The Bible, the Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church are sources of Faith for the accomplishment of the vocation and mission of every Christian.  We, as Teams of Our Lady members, must know and better understand these sources of Christian faith.

Evangelising Sexuality Team

The aim is to help Teams of Our Lady couples to look at sexuality in a new way and also to invite them to link the different themes connected to sexuality to their Conjugal Dialogue.

 Composition of the Satellite Team:
Olga Lucia & Antonio Arango – Columbia – Coordinating Couple
Dominique & Jean Arondel – France
Olga  & Secundino Gonzalez – Spain
Maria & Luis Carlos Nogueira – Brazil

Tasks for 2014-15
In Bogota at the end of 2013, an American work group made up of couples from Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA and Columbia got together to reflect on the topic of evangelising sexuality.  This temporary group worked together for a year, defining the perspective, topics and central theme with which the future Evangelising Sexuality Satellite Team will work.  Simultaneously, another work group was formed in Europe at Fatima, Portugal with couples from Spain, France and Belgium.  Then n Paris in October 2014, the two work groups merged and the new Evangelising Sexuality Satellite Team started.
After the Paris meeting and a month of working via Internet, this Satellite Team has defined the topics to be treated, the structure of the document and the manner in which to address couples so that they can best take advantage of their Conjugal Dialogue.