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FMS Message 37



Remembering the Beatification of 47 Marist Brother Martyrs

03/04/2008: General House

The communication office just delivered the most recent issue of FMS Message. The issue commemorates the beatification of 47 Brother martyrs, the event occurring in Rome on October 28, 2007. In a matter of one hundred pages, in literary style but with an emphasis on the visual presentation, the issue describes the events which took place at Saint Paul outside the Walls, the sanctuary of the Madonna del Divino Amore, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Generalate. All of the gatherings, of course, occurred on the part of the Church as a public recognition of the faith witness borne by our Brothers who were martyred in Spain during the extensive religious persecution which the Church suffered during the twentieth century.

FMS Message is the publication which took the place of the “Bulletin of the Institute.” Like its predecessor, FMS Message preserves the history of the Marist Brothers. Thanks to its most recent issue, FMS Message will conserve for posterity the homily delivered in the Beatification Mass as well as the homily given at the Saint Peter’s Basilica. In the archival history will remain the official proclamation of beatification concerning our Brother martyrs of Spain. At the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Divino Amore, the proclamation was delivered by Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, in front of relatives of the martyrs who were surrounded by Brothers and by many other people who had traveled to the beatification in company of the relatives. The photographs in the issue highlight the high points of the various celebrations which took place in Rome, October 26 to 29, 2007. The print text is rounded out by photos which portray many of those who were most involved in the occasion, all within the festive spirit which marked the beatification events.

The two issues of FMS Message dedicated to the beatification were planned so as to serve not only as archival material, but as a living resource through which one might celebrate the life and triumph of these, our predecessors, who gave witness to the faith. We have placed the issues in the hands of the Brothers and of many persons united to the Brothers in a spiritual way. We hope that the issues will be a testimonial serving revive within us the memory of the newly beatified Brothers who bore witness to their faith and were faithful to it.

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