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Fourvière Year - July 23, 2015 – July 23, 2016

17/07/2015: General House

We are ending the Montagne Year and we are approaching the opening of the Fourvière Year (July 23, 2015 – July 23, 2016), on the journey of preparation for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Institute. The theme will be “The Society of Mary: fraternity: associates for the mission (Brothers and Laity)”. 

This year of prayer and reflection will be celebrated by all the branches of the Marist Family, united to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Promise of Fourvière, on July 23, 2016, remembering the promise of 12 young priests, moved by a dream, in Lyon, France in 1816.   

In the video of presentation of the three years of preparation for the Bicentenary of the Institute, the Superior General, Br. Emili Turú, reminds us and launches a challenge:

From the beginning, the first Marists conceived the Society of Mary as a large tree with different branches: priests, brothers, sisters and lay people. The project was not recognized by the Church at that time; perhaps the historical situation was not yet ripe.

Today, circumstances are very different today. We gratefully acknowledge the fact that the Holy Spirit has made lay Marist vocations flourish among us. Thousands of lay men and women around the world feel called to live the Gospel like Mary, according to the tradition of Father Champagnat and the first brothers. The origins of the Society of Mary remind us that, as religious and laity, we come together for mission, and are called to be the Marian face of the Church through our particular way of being and building Church.

Our last General Chapter invited us to a new relationship between brothers and lay people, to better serve the inspiring mission entrusted to us by the Church. The same Chapter stated:  we see our Marist future as a communion of people in the charism of Champagnat, open to the creativity of the Holy Spirit, who can lead us, perhaps, on paths we might never have imagined.

src=http://old.champagnat.org/shared/bau/icones_2015-16x220.pngA prayer was composed, especially dedicated to the Fourvière Year (by Marist Family and other by Brother Emili), to be used by all the branches of the Marist Family.

In the section of our Marist Web dedicated to the Fourvière Year it is possible to find some resources that can help the reflection of this year.

The Marist Family has also created a Site (www.maristinter.org) that offers material on the Bicentenary of the Promise. 

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