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In the heart an option that makes me happy



1st Congress of Marist Youth Ministry in the Province of Brasil Centro-Sul

27/10/2006: Brazil - Photo gallery

With the motto “In the heart an option that makes me happy”, the 1st Congress of Marist Youth Ministry started in the Marist College of Santa Maria de Curitiba on the 12th October. The congress commenced with a lot of animation, counting on the presence of all the units of the Marist Province of Brasil Centro-Sul. Approximately 470 young people from Marist colleges, social works and faculties of PUCPR, youth ministers, Marist Brothers, representatives of the Youth Ministry movement of Brazil and parents remained united until Saturday 14th October.

The official opening started with the presentation of the Youth Ministers of the Santa Maria College, Lucas and Wald, and was followed by the words of the Director General of the college, Brother Lauro Daros highlighting the option that makes us happy and he welcomed all on behalf of all the college. Brother Dávide Pedri, Vice-Provincial, accentuated the principal role of young people. Then, Brother João Batista Pereira said a few words, addressing a reflection to the young people on the commitment of being a young Marist today. Virginie Isber from the PUCPR, Curitiba campus, and Diogo Galline, from the Marist College of Maringá gave an opening speech on behalf of all Marist youth.

The opening also included presentations by a dance group, a vocal group and a drama group, all from the Marist College of Santa Maria. The evening closed with a prayer.

The second day of the congress, 13th October, benefited from the presence of the Superior General of the Marist Institute, Brother Seán Sammon. In greeting him some young people accompanied him to the rostrum where he received tributes from the assistants. The Youth Ministry Co-ordinator of the Marist Province of Brasil Centro-Sul, Brother João Carlos do Prado, gave some moving words on the presence of Brother Seán among the young people, saying that the Superior is the living presence of Champagnat amongst us. Then, Gisele Felisbino, representative of the Marist Youth Ministry of the PUCPR, Curitiba campus, welcomed brother Seán on behalf of all Marist youth.

During the morning, there was the presentation of a group of presenters who spoke about “Youth”. The first to talk directed his words to young people and public politics. Then Brother Seán spoke of young people in the Brazilian context. Sister Anete Giordani closed the cycle by treating youth and exclusion.

After the official photo in the company of Brother Seán, there were a series of questions addressed by the young people to the presenters. The morning finished with a warm goodbye to Brother Seán who left Brazil on the 15th October.

The morning of the 14th October commenced with a prayer prepared by region 1, highlighting the importance of being salt and light at the heart of the society in which we live. Then, the Provincial Co-ordinator of Marist Youth Ministry, Brother João Batista Pereira, gave a brief outline of Marist Youth Ministry, from its launching, presenting the number of groups, participants and monitors in the four regions.
In a climate of great joy and of good disposition, the Congress of the Marist Youth Ministry closed with the celebration of the Eucharist, which included the participation of all congress participants and the personnel of Santa Maria College.
The celebration was the culminating point of the Congress. It was an occasion to praise and give thanks to the Lord for the first year of Marist Youth Ministry and for the success of the Congress.
At the end of the celebration, the Provincial Co-ordinator of Marist Youth Ministry, Brother João Batista Pereira, addressed a few words of gratitude to those present and posed a challenge to the young people: to be young people committed to Marist Youth Ministry, by being protagonists, by helping in the transformation of society, making it more just, more fraternal and helping it to show more solidarity.
Source: http://www.mariste.org.br/

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