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Greek Marists honour the founder

19/06/2018: Greece

Marists in Greece organised several celebrations and demonstrations for the feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

Firstly, Wednesday morning, June 6, Mass was celebrated in the two Marist schools of Greece, located in Athens and in Nea Smyrni. In the afternoon, another Mass was celebrated in the Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Kallithea, which was animated by Marist Youth in Action with the help of all Marist brothers of Greece, many teachers, former students and volunteers of Marist social works.

On Saturday, June 9, a big show was held in the Marist School of Athens to commemorate the feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat and to show the current vitality of the Marist mission.

Participants included the communities of the Marist Brothers in Greece, members of the teaching, administrative and technical staff of the two Marist schools as well as volunteers of the social works, alumni, representatives of parents’ associations and several students.

The director of the Marist School of Athens, Nicolás Noulas, gave the opening speech.

“This evening, we are honouring Saint Marcellin – not to return to the past, which of course forms part of our spiritual heritage, but rather to search for continuity and truth of his vision.”

Then, all participants prayed to ask for the blessing of our Good Mother and of Saint Marcellin. A representation of the play “Present among us” was then held, inspired by the person and vision of St Marcellin.

The apostolic nuncio of the Holy See in Greece, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, took part in the event. In his brief speech, he underscored the Christian education that Marist brothers and laity currently offer children and youth in Greece and worldwide. 

At the end of the evening, participants had a community dinner in a climate of great joy.

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