2008-04-29 BRAZIL

The Scholasticate in Belo Horizonte

On Monday, March 14, some members of the Marist Family met to celebrate Easter and spend some moments together. The meeting was organized by the Scholastics and took place in their community at the Champagnat Scholasticate, Belo Horizonte. The gathering got under way with Mass presided by Father William, superior of the Marist Fathers? seminary.

The celebration then continued with a meal in the dining room, which was filled with conversation, jokes, stories and light-hearted bantering. At the end of the meal came a moment for a more serious exchange of ideas.

Overall, the occasion provided a chance for the participants to get to know each other and to share a common experience. We were able to renew old friendships and to share our ideals as men and women of consecrated life, children of the Marist Project conceived 182 years ago by Father Colin, Father Champagnat and their seminary friends. Five Marist priest seminarians were in attendance with their superior Father William. Five Sisters were present with their formator, Sister Imelda.

Thirteen Brothers, accompanied by Brother Joaci, rounded out the number to a total of 25. The meeting was most pleasant, and at its conclusion we thought how nice it would be to have another such meeting in the future.

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