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Feast of January 2, 2019 in LaValla en Gier

08/01/2019: France

The Brothers of the community of La Valla invited the Brothers of l'Hermitage, Marlhes and Saint-Etienne to mark, as is appropriate, the birthday of the Foundation of the Institute. There were about fifteen Brothers as well as a couple who are affiliated members of the Institute, originally from La Valla.  

We met in the mission room to celebrate a Eucharist  of Thanksgiving, presided over by Father Gabriel Perret and animated by Brother Michel Morel. An excerpt from the Christmas message of our Superior General, Brother Ernesto, comprised the first reading on the topic of the" faces of mercy" and  it allowed us to share our hearts and our prayers with our "global family" present on the five continents. To remember our history and our present situation and not just our foundation, is always a strong experience ,full of emotion. 

After sharing the Word of the Lord and the Eucharistic bread, it was on to more earthly foods, not only to the flavours of the soil, but also to conviviality and fraternity. May the charism of Marcellin, who took as his source the Gier, in the depths of Mont Pilat, continue to irrigate the hearts of the Marists in whatever part of our earth they are planted and bloom.

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