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Brother, a life consecrated to educating



An educational emergency: Teaching Brothers appeal for vocations

08/02/2011: France

Brother, a life consecrated to educating: this is the subject developed in three films recently made by the UFE (Union of Teaching Brothers), films presenting the life of Brothers devoted to education.

These films are currently on YouTube and Daily motion. But they are also accessible via the special page:http://freres-enseignants.org

You also have the possibility of viewing them, downloading an accompanying document , and the advantage of eventual order of the DVD.

Today, we have the will, and the duty, to recover our original intuitions, in meeting educational needs. We feel a strong call to play our part in this once more."

The appeal is launched clearly and strongly, for young men to join them, in a radical commitment to children and youth, and in the strength provided by life in community.

For "religious life is first of all a life of community, of brothers and sisters", as we are reminded by Father Jean-Pierre Longeat, Abbot of Saint-Martin de Ligugé, and President of the Conference of  Religious Men and Women of France (Corref), desiring to "revalue the dimension of commitment and the richness" of the apostolic  congregations working especially in the field of education.

Religious life owes it to itself more than ever to be present in the forward posts of poverty and social  tensions,and as well: • education is a pressing need in our societies; • education for the most vulnerable youth is a matter of social and ecclesiastical urgency.

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