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Visit of the Greek Orthodox Primate to the Léonin High School in Néa Smyrni

14/07/2009: Greece

On Tuesday 16 June 2009, former pupils, who completed their secondary studies at the Léonin High School in Néa Smyrni (Athens) in 1969, held a reunion at their school to recall their days at school together.
But they did not wish to be by themselves …. So they invited their former teachers, among them the teacher of Modern Greek, who is currently Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, Ieronymos II (Jerome).

The Orthodox Primate, accompanied by his former students, all the Greek Marist Brothers, the Directors of the College and of the High School, and the President of the Association of Former Pupils, visited the room where he had given his classes forty years ago, watched a slide show of school life of that era, and then dined with all those present in a family spirit.

The general Director of the Marist Establishment, Br. Mathieu Levantinos, in a short speech of welcome to Archbishop Ieronymos II, emphasized that the Léonin High School in Néa Smyrni had been living the ecumenical spirit ever since its foundation in 1938. The Marist Brothers and their lay collaborators, Orthodox and Catholic, live and work together in a climate of mutual respect and of solidarity, having always in their heart the Words of Jesus Christ to the Apostles: « Everyone will know that you are my disciples, by this love you have for one another».

At the end of the evening, full of emotion, all agreed on a further reunion in ten years time, in 2019.

Nicolas Dessypris
Professeur des Lettres au L.L.N.S

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