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On October 7th, the Federal Council of the UIGSE elected a new Federal Bureau for a three-year mandate.

The Federal Bureau members are:

Federal Chairman: Antonio Posa (Italy)

Federal Vice Chairman: Katarzyna Kieler (Poland)

Federal Commissioner: Bruno Borde (France)

Federal Secretary: Erik Paris (France)

God’s blessing for your service!




Antonio Posa, Federal Chairman

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The Federal Council 2018 took place in Laski, near Warsaw, on October 5th, 6th and 7th.

On Friday afternoon, a delegation of the Federal Council was welcomed by Undersecretary of State, Mr. Wojciech Kolarski, in the Palace of the President of the Republic of Poland in Warsaw.

The Federal Council meeting itself took place in the Centre for blind children in Laski, managed by Franciscan sisters since the beginning of the 20th Century.  On Friday evening, the meeting started with a holy mass and an adoration in the Centre’s chapel. The participants were impressed by the chapel’s entirely wooden interior that not only breathed Franciscan simplicity, but also reminded of a true scout life in tents and nature.

On Saturday morning, the Federal Council unanimously welcomed the Belarus association as a full member association of the UIGSE-FSE.

The outgoing Federal Bureau gave a report over the work of the last years. Martin Hafner (Federal Commissioner) Nicoletta Orzes (Federal Chairman) and Tomas Szydło (Federal Vice Chairman) expressed their gratitude for their service and the good cooperation with the Federal Council during their 6 years mandate. They got standing ovations by the Federal Council, grateful for the work and support received during the last years.

On Sunday, a new Federal Bureau was elected.

On Sunday and Monday, a delegation of the Federal Council went to a short pilgrimage to Czestochowa, where the participants renewed the Consecration of the Union to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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On September 15th and 16th, the Federal Team, working together since 2012, had a wonderful “Thank you weekend” in Natoye, Belgium, welcomed in the place of Deputy Federal Commissioner Renaud Lannoy’s family.

The Federal Bureau, deputies and assistants of the Federal Commissioner started their weekend with a thanksgiving pilgrimage to the Marian Sanctuary Beauraing, a hike in true scout style including a meal cooked on fire.

The weekend was dedicated to moments of sharing memories, conviviality and a review of the work done together and the road travelled together during the last years. The team offered a photo book to Martin Hafner, Federal Commissioner, as a gift and memory for his service to the Union during many years.

Dear Federal team, the whole Union is grateful for work and your tireless commitment to our European fraternity!

Martin Hafner2Chères sœurs guides, chers frères scouts,

J’entendis une voix derrière moi : “Kennst du mich noch?”[1] C’était par une belle soirée de début mai 2018 dans le centre de Varsovie. Je me retournai et vis un homme d’environ 35 ans, qui marchait avec des béquilles. Confusion. Au bout d’un moment, je lui dis : “Euh… non…”. “Je suis Mariano”. Je répondis immédiatement : “Mais bien sûr ! Nous avons campé ensemble à Rome en l’an 2000 !”. Mariano me dit : “Il y a quelques minutes, j’ai vu un scout du Luxembourg avec l’uniforme de la FSE. Donc, je suis venu pour voir si j’allais voir quelqu’un d’autre que je connaissais… » Et il a eu de la chance. Continue reading