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One Hundred Years of FMS Presence in Lajeado

24/06/2008: Brazil

The year 2008 marks the centenary of the Marist Brothers’ presence in Lajeado. Two programs have been established to celebrate the occasion. The first is a photo exhibit at the Lajeado Cultural Center. The other is a program of visits to the city schools guided by three teams composed of Brothers and lay persons. On Sunday, June 8, a Mass was celebrated in the parish church after which light refreshments were taken in a cordial atmosphere.

The Marist Brothers came to this region in l907. One year later, they got themselves established in the city. Brothers Jean Dominici, Marie Firmat, Leon Corsini and François Norbert arrived here from Germany and organized the first stage of their educational establishment at San José School

Along with Brother Vitorino Bernardi, community superior, Brothers Vitório Rigo, Sidnei Tramontin and Edson Rissi are presently residing at Lajeado. They are involved in various activities. At St. Joseph Marist Juniorate, the earliest stage of Marist formation is provided for young men aspiring to live poverty, obedience and chastity while discerning the possibility of a Marist Brother’s vocation.

A family-type education center, Frère Emílio, has been operating for ten years in the city’s San Antonio neighborhood. At the Center, more than one hundred children are looked after either in the morning or afternoon. For the past ten years, the city has also been home to the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family, a community of sixteen members living out the spirituality of Saint Marcellin Champagnat

The Frère Emilio Center runs a program of human formation and vocation promotion developed both in the area schools and at the Center itself. The program involves sessions on topics of local relevance and meetings with young people who desire to engage in vocational discernment.

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