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Animation of Marist vocations in Europe

26/01/2013: Spain

Those who know the life of Br Basilio Rueda recount that his aunt Mercedes tried to enroll him in the school at Jalisco. She took him straight to Br Leoncio Martin, who did not admit him because the school roll was full. Mercedes, however, was not to be put off. She went to her intimate friend, Mlle Carmelita Garibi Rivera, sister of the Auxiliary Bishop of  Guadalajara, Mgr José Garibi Rivera, and obtained from her the following recommendation for the Director of the school : « Tell  M. Leoncio that if he wishes to keep my friendship, he will admit Basilio to his school. » And Br Leoncio Martín had to resign himself to accepting the child… Who could have told him that this boy would become the first Spanish speaking Superior General of the Institute !…

This episode in the life of Br Basilio, almost unknown in the Marist Institute, is one of the most  important reasons for presenting these web sites :

* sur Facebook: « Animación Vocacional Marista Europa »
* Sur Twitter: @AnimVocEuropaMarista
* Site Web: www.maristas.es/vocacion

It is by all means, including the social networks, that we wish to promote knowledge of the Marist charism. We are thinking in a special way of youth, those to whom our efforts are directed. We wish to meet them (art. 83 of the Constitutions of the Marist Brothers), by using the means of  communication which are appropriate to them in this 21st century.

We have officially published the addresses in these social networks on 21 January, date of the  anniversary of Br Basilio’s death, so that the protector of the initiative and the pastoral activity may be, precisely, Br Basilio Rueda himself.

In his youth, Basilio received from Br Leoncio a copy of a little book entitled « My vocation », which encouraged him to begin an initiation to Marist life … Today, the Marist charism appeals to many young people looking to follow the Marist project, whether as brothers or lay people.

According to the service you provide, we ask you to help us. We need your assistance:

in adding the links of our Facebook, our Twitter and our  Web site to the different sections of your site:

* Marist Provinces
* Pastoral activity
* Sport sections
* Former students
* And all Marist web sites in general…

The presence of the European Vocations Team should be known to all to promote the Marist vocation.

In these links, you will find information about the vocation-related pastoral activities of the Marist Provinces of Europe, as well as testimonies, resources (prayers, videos, activities, etc..), meetings and gatherings, formation, … We will share initiatives connected with vocation coming from other places of the Institute or the world.

We wish TO DARE TO LOOK, aided by our Brother Basilio Rueda and by the witness of the Marist presence of our brothers and sisters of Aleppo, Syria, so that the MARIST CHARISM of SAINT MARCELLIN CHAMPAGNAT reaches all persons.

European Vocations Team (EVT)

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