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FMSI - Close of the Workshop on the Rights of the Child for the “contact persons”

11/06/2012: General House - Photo gallery

After a full session of training and work, the Workshop on the Rights of the Child (FMSI) came to a close on Saturday 2 June around midday, with the presence of Br Emili Turu. 
First, Br Jim Jolley spoke a few words, making clear the progress made in the knowledge of the rights contained in the international treaty of the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” (CRC).

Then the Diplomas of participation were presented by our Superior General. Each one was also given a pen-drive with the course material and a souvenir.

 Br Emili then addressed some closing words to those present. He alluded to his closing words at the General Chapter: “to be experts in evangelization. And I would add also: to be experts in the defense of the rights of children and young people. I hope that in eight years, when we look back, we can say that the Institute has taken some very significant steps in this direction”. In fact, this course, like the one conducted for the Provincials and a delegate from each province in March, the “International Seminar on the Protection of the Child”, are without doubt very concrete steps in this direction.

He went on to refer to his circular, to the icons used: the Visitation, icon of service, Pentecost, icon of communion, the Annunciation, icon of interiority. He invited them to be the Marian face in the Church. May the Church through its attitude of service to the little ones reflect the face of Mary.

He encouraged them to live their profession of "educator” or of “social service” as a vocation, to put into practice what the word profession means.

Finally, Br Emili, as a symbol of gratitude for all the work achieved and the meaning the Geneva community has for the Institute, in working for the Rights of Children at the international level, presented a ceramic representing the Pentecost icon used in the circular “He gave us the name of Mary”. All present are like this circle presided over by Mary, forming communion, and receiving the Holy Spirit. Then the three brothers, Jim Jolley, Manel Mendoza and Vicente Spssao Falqueto came forward to receive the gift.

In this way, simple but full of meaning and depth, the course came to an end. Thus was accomplished one of the objectives of the “Fundazione Marista per la Solidarietà Internazionale” (FMSI), to offer  awareness programs and training courses. To know the Convention of the Rights of the Child better and put it into practice.

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Fondazione Marista per la Solidarietà Internazionale

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