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Official establishment of the new Marist community at Geneva

17/11/2006: Switzerland

On Friday, 20th October, a Eucharist took place that was celebrated by Bishop Pierre Farine, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Fribourg-Lausanne-Geneva. We wanted to give thanks to God for the new Marist community that commenced its journey at Geneva.

In 2005, the General Council signed an accord of collaboration with Franciscans International to work together in the promotion and the defence of the rights of the child with organisations of the United Nations. One year later, the Province of L’Hermitage decided to support the initiative by creating a new community at Geneva, which would welcome Brother César Henríquez, as the delegate of BIS for this new function.

The new community is formed by Brothers Jean-Claude Christe (Switzerland), Manuel Mendoza (Catalonia, Spain) and César Henríquez (El Salvador). The brothers will live at Foyer St-Justin, an international students’ residence where the brothers will offer their services of accompaniment and pastoral care with the resident students.

During the inauguration of the new community, the General Council and the General Administration were represented by Brother Emili Turú, General Councillor and by Brother Dominick Pujia, director of BIS. Present at the Eucharist were also representatives of the St-Justin Association, members of other religious communities, representatives from Franciscans International, members of parish communities from the city, as well as students and personnel from the residence.

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