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Guatemala 2019: “Weaving Life”



International gathering of Marist youth

20/03/2018: General House

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The International gathering of Marist youth that will be held in Guatemala City, from Jan. 15 – 21 next year, just days before the World Youth Day in Panama City, aims to give 160 Marist young people from all over the world the opportunity to live a joyful experience of the Church as a Community by providing an international and intercultural experience guided by the Marist spirit. It aims also to deepen the baptismal call and provide elements for the discernment of the personal vocation in order to strengthen in young people their leadership role in the Church and in society through the development of a life project.

The gathering is organised by the four branches of the Marist Family: the Marist Fathers, the Marist Missionary Sisters, the Marist Sisters and the Marist Brothers.

“The title ‘Weaving Life’ was chosen after reflecting on topics such as the WYD, pastoral vocation, service to the community and this October’s Synod of Bishops that will focus on the youth,” affirmed Brother Mark Omede, assistant director of the Secretariat of Mission of the Marist Brothers and member of the commission in charge of organising the youth gathering.

“Youth are called to integrate all these things in their life and that is what “Weaving Life” means,” he told the communications office of the general house on March 9.

The organising committee has met many times so far to prepare for ‘Weaving Life,’ and it will meet again on April 17, via Skype, and in Guatemala City, from June 27 – 30.

Its members are from the four Marist branches: Brothers Carlos Alberto Rojas and Mark Omede (Marist Brothers from the Secretariat of Mission), F. Juan Carlos Piña (Marist Father), Sister Cristina Giustozzi (Marist Missionary Sister), and Sister Anne McCabe (Marist Sister). There is also a local organizing team coordinated by Brother Jorge Sánchez Kopper, fms.

There will be a total of 228 participants from the four Marist branches of which 81 will come from the Marist Brothers. The participants will include 160 youth, aged 20 – 30, along with 32 accompaniers, 36 members of the general government of the four Marist branches, the preparation team and volunteers.

The first International Gathering of Marist Youth was held in Sydney, Australia (2008), and has since always been held the week prior to the World Youth Day.

Since the international gathering held in Lyon in 2016, it became a meeting of young people from the four Marist congregations, not just from the branch of the Marist Brothers.

The provinces and districts have already been contacted by the organising team for further indications.

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