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Kairoi celebrates 25 years

21/06/2005: Spain

To know Kairoi, you need to go back to the end of October 1979 when a group of young student Marist Brothers recorded a disc. The idea was born in the Houses of Formation of Les Avellanes (Lleida) and Alcalá de Henares where many songs were composed that spoke of the experience of God and of fraternity that these young religious in formation had had. The melodies speak of the interior life, commitment, praise, following Christ and coming to identify a young community that wants to express the call of Jesus and the option for vowed life in their own language.
The group was mainly formed by brothers but from the outset some young women complemented the male voices.

The fruits of Kairoi are visible in the number of groups, parishes and communities who use their songs in their liturgies, prayers and religious education lessons. Many generations of young people have been able to start to discover the Christian way thanks to the melodies and words of this group. Religious communities have been very receptive and have helped in the spreading of Kairoi’s songs. The Greek origin of the word means a time of opportunity, a time of hope. The current members of Kairoi, Marist laypeople and brothers, are committed to their work in common as a means of spreading the Christian values of the Gospel by staking all on a Church open to young people and new languages.
“We wanted to be a prophetic voice that denounces and proclaims, with hope, that it is only through the Love proclaimed by Jesus Christ that we can believe in peace and harmony.” These words summarise the essence of the Kairoi project, a project rooted in the shared mission of Marist laypeople and brothers, celebrating its silver jubilee.

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