Rome 02/07/14 (Sodalit News – Italy). The Holy Father has named Alejandra Keen Von Wuthenau, the Superior General of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
The Holy See Press Office’s bulletin announced the Pope’s newly named members and consultants for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Among those named members are the Cardinals João Braz from Aviz, Prefect for the Congregation for the Institute of the Consecreated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life and Orani João Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Among those named as consultants are Dom Alberto Taveira Correa, Archbishop of Belém do Pará, Fra Hans Stapel, Founder and President of the International Association of the Faithful Family of Hope, Dr. Maite Uribe Bilbao of the Teresian Institute and Ms. Alejandra Keen of the Marian Community of Reconciliation.
The Pontifical Council for the Laity is the dicastery that assists the Pontiff in all questions regarding the contribution that the lay faithful give to the life and mission of the Church, as individuals or through the diverse forms of societies that have come about and continue to come about in the Church. It is currently lead by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, president of the dicastery and Secretary Mons. Josef Clemens. Both have been confirmed in office again.
Working within the Pontifical Council for the Laity are bishops, priests, and especially lay men and women from all parts of the world that meet once a year in a plenary assembly to address pressing issues dealing with the life and mission of the laity. They are also supported by 30 consultants that are summoned for work sessions or who are individually asked for opinions over specific issues.
The Marian Community of Reconciliation, founded in Lima on March 25, 1991, has their own specific spirituality and style; the Sodalit spirituality that was confirmed by Pope John Paul II as a valid path to holiness. The Fraternas, with a spirit of humility, look to intensely serve and love the Church. They are identify by three characteristics: full apostolic availability, a lay identity and community life.