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A new group of brothers of the Ad gentes Mission in Chicago

07/03/2008: United States

Eight brothers coming from the Provinces and Sectors of Latin America are improving their command of English in Chicago: three are from Brazil, one from Paraguay, two from Central America and two from Mexico.

At the end of the first month, they received a visit from Brother Luis Garcia Sobrado, to accompany them during the discernment process that is offered to them, and in order to encourage them in the challenging task of learning a new language.

The eight brothers live in the residence of the Community, called Monastery, in Chicago, with the brothers of the Community, who are also eight and whom they gather with for prayer and meals. In this brotherly manner, the brothers of the Ad gentes project practise their English, enrich their vocabulary and correct their mispronunciations.

The eight brothers, divided into two groups of four each according to their English level, follow a four-hour daily course held by two teachers. During their spare time, they take part in different activities at the Marist High School where the Marist Community is. Through this increasingly intense interaction with the professors and the pupils, they are immersed in a daily practice of the English language.

Brother José Contreras, of the Western Mexico Province, accompanies them and directs them. He serves them with great care, helping them in their difficulties in learning English, facilitating their adjustment to a culture and a manner of communicating and carrying out their apostolate that is different from what they are used to.

The efforts and progress of these brothers are admirable under every aspect. Congratulations, dear brothers!

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