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20/10/2004: Guatemala

The young Religious of Guatemala met to celebrate the First Congress of Young Religious Life, with the theme “Something new is being born”. Ninety-six Religious, from thirty-seven different communities and charisms, came together on the 8th, 9th and 10th October, at the invitation of the Youth Commission of the Conference of Religious in Guatemala (CONFREGUA). The meeting took place in the Marist Residence, in the capital city of Guatemala.
Many sisters travelled from various parts of the country and others came from mission houses in El Salvador and Honduras. They enjoyed meeting each other, living together for a short time and sharing the dreams that the Consecrated Life holds in today’s world in these lands of Central America.
The Congress also gave the young Religious the opportunity to share their charisms, to give thanks to God for their vocation, and to pray and reflect together so as to think about the challenges they face and to place Jesus of Nazareth at the centre of their lives. By doing this, they hope to give greater witness to the Gospel in today’s world.
The meeting was held in a fraternal atmosphere, marked by youthful happiness and an international touch (the participants came from fourteen Latin American nations). Six Marist Brothers in the post-novitiate stage of formation participated in the Congress while another two brothers contributed through accompaniment and by developing the themes for reflection.
Religious Life in Guatemala feels revitalised through this youthful experience and called once more to be a living witness of the presence of Jesus of Nazareth in the various day-to-day realities of our world.

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