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Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat at the Hermitage

18/06/2014: France

During the month of June, the groups of brothers taking part in the course "Brothers formators for a new world" at El Escorial, Spain, and at Manziana, Italy, have been meeting at the Hermitage to visit together the Marist places and imbibe the spirit of our origins. Along with the international community of N. D. de l’Hermitage and other brothers who have joined our pilgrimage, we celebrated the feast of the Founder on 6 June.

Together with Saint Marcellin and our first Brothers, we remembered and prayed for the brothers, laity and youth of the Institute.

Two significant moments have been especially memorable:

- The Eucharist of 6 June in the main chapel of the house, with the reliquary of Fr Champagnat, and the presence of brothers from the 5 continents and lay Marists of the area. The universal vision that Marcellin had of the mission extended as far as our countries. We have made it a reality today in each Marist work and mission of  Central America.

- During the visit to La Valla on Sunday 8 June, we went to pray at the chapel of Our Lady of Pity outside the town. According to Marist tradition, Fr Champagnat visited this chapel to petition Mary for new vocations for the  Institute. Here we presented to the Good Mother the names of our young men in formation and young brothers , and we prayed for the Vocations Ministry: "Mary, this is your work. If you do not aid us, we will be extinguished like a lamp without oil..."

Let this be a petition and commitment for all in support of the projects and dreams of our Vocations Ministry.


Br Juan Carlos Bolaños 

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