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Meeting of Marist Centres in Fatima

06/05/2005: Portugal

On the 9th April 2005, the usual meeting of all the Marist Centres took place at the Paul VI Centre in Fatima. Those present (students, former students, teachers, Marist Brothers and members of families) were able to reflect together and enjoy each other’s company. The event brought together about 2500 people.
A good group of students and teachers from the Colégio Marist de Carcavelos and from the Externato Marista (Marist Day-school) Lisbon were already meeting for the sixth time at Fatima for various activities: walks, games, reflection times, etc.

On Saturday 9th April, Brother Oscar Martin, the Vice-Provincial of the Province of Compostela and representing the Brother Provincial, explained the meaning and the importance of such events. He recalled our slogan “Be Marist!” that insists that our identity and union must prevail, and he also recalled the recent death of our Holy Father.
A Eucharist was celebrated with Father Filipe OP as the main celebrant accompanied by Father Paulo Figuier. In his homily, the celebrant compared the similarities in the lives of Saint Marcellin Champagnat and of Pope John Paul II: their service to the young, their constant concern about their problems and the place that the young occupied in their works and in their hearts.
After lunch, there were presentations given all through the afternoon by the participants from the different Marist Centres. The Centres represented were: Colégio Marist de Carcavelos, Instituto Missionário Marista Vouzela, Lar Marista (Marist House) de Ermesinde and Externato Marista Lisbon. Brothers from Salamanca and brothers and teachers from Tui and Lar Marista (Marist House) Chaves also participated in the meeting.

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