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Marist International Festival in Sydney



St. Joseph’s College welcomes the participants

11/07/2008: Australia - Photo gallery

The Marist International Festival is an initiative of the Marist Brothers of Australia to bring together for a few days all of the members of the Marist Family who are headed to the World Youth Day in Sydney. The Marist International Festival is open to all of the Marist branches: Brothers, Sisters, Fathers, Missionary Sisters and Laity. The organizers hope that this meeting of Marist Youth from all over the world will be an expression of the internationality of the Institute.

Everything is ready at St. Joseph’s College to greet the more than 700 Marist pilgrims who have registered, coming from 38 countries. Australia, as the host country, will have the largest Group of Marist Youth, numbering around 400. The executive secretary of the Festival, Blanca Buda, told us that for some of them it’s the first time that they leave their native areas to visit Sydney. After the Australians come the Brazilians with 40 participants. The countries of the Pacific region are those that have the greatest representation at the Festival. In addition to the young people there are some fifty brothers who have come as group leaders.

The festival began at the Hermitage (Mittagong), a very meaningful place for the Brothers of Australia, and truly the Marist spiritual center of the country. There, all of this great family gathered to rekindle the call to the Marist ideals.

Brother César Henríquez from Geneva, who works for the defense of the rights of the child, will speak on the second day of the meeting about the response that we have to give today regarding the question of children’s rights in our Marist works.

In addition, Bishop Kevin Dowling, from Rustenberg, (South Africa), will present on the transformation of the world through social justice and spirituality. The topic will be further developed through a series of workshops.

This pilgrimage of the heart, with which the Marist visitors are preparing themselves to accompany the Pope on World Youth Day during the coming week, will conclude with a celebration in Luna Park.

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