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Young people United for the Development and Promotion of the Works of the Marist Brothers

20/06/2008: Dem. Rep. of the Congo

The Brother Provincial of Central and Eastern Africa, Eugène Kabanguka, met in Goma with the young people of JUDEPROFM (Young people United for the Development and Promotion of the Works of the Marist Brothers) a lay Marist fraternity that was born in the circumscription.

The visit was extremely beneficial to us, since we had the chance to acquaint him with this movement and express our aspirations, including that of being recognised at the level of the Province he directs, and in the Marist Institute in general.

During our sharing, we could draw from the living experience of other fraternities, which can help us develop our rule of life according to a Marist spirit.

Actually, during our conversation, the Brother Provincial made an appeal to us several times, with these words:
- Be united and earnest in prayer, for this is the principal element of the life of a fraternity;
- Fear nothing concerning your recognition at our level, but continue your intense collaboration with the Marist communities around you;
- Your fraternity must live following the model of Marcellin Champagnat, and its spirituality must be grounded in God’s faith and love for human beings.

In a short Marian prayer, the Brother Provincial addressed one special intention to the Virgin Mary, for the success and development of this society that is stemming in the hearts of a dozen young alumni of Marist schools in the diocese of Goma and its surroundings.

The meeting concluded with the sharing of a brotherly embrace with the Provincial, which was full of encouragement. Our meeting, which took place on the veranda of Champagnat House in Goma, was topped with a memorable photo that you can find attached to this article.

Ignace Ngwasi Kavanga, Secretary

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