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Genma fom Giuliano visits the General House

26/03/2010: Italy - Photo gallery

“GENMA” stands for “New Marist Generation,” a group of young people from Giugliano, a neighborhood in the northern part of Naples. GENMA runs several religious activities for the ministry team at the Marist Brothers’ school in Giugliano.

Sunday, March 7, was a special day for the group. They traveled to Rome to visit the city and to hear the Pope give his Angelus message. Included in the day’s program was also a visit to the Generalate. There the Brothers’ community received the young people of GENMA and spent several hours with them.

The Brothers who are studying in the Salesian Pastoral Institute organized a warm reception for the GENMA group. The Brothers of the Generalate staff, for their part, escorted the visitors around the various parts of the house. The visit included stop-offs at some of the offices so as to provide a glimpse of the work that is carried on in them.

The group was pleasantly surprised to note that the Brothers at the Generalate come from many different countries. After the visit, the GENMA leader wrote the following message of thanks on the group’s behalf.

As young people, we were quite moved to make the acquaintance of Brothers from so many countries. It was heartwarming to observe that, despite being so disparate, speaking diverse languages, coming from different cultural backgrounds, the Brothers hold one thing in common: the Champagnat charism. We felt something of God’s presence as we encountered the community of Brothers now at the Generalate, simple, plain people who welcome visitors, as Champagnat desired, with humility, simplicity and modesty.

They offered us their time; they explained the different parts of the house; they gave us a chance to see the Archives, important Institute documents, well preserved and stored with great care. We even saw some of Marcellin’s manuscript letters. What a great thrill! Afterwards we also had the chance to spend time with Superior General, Brother Emili Turu, a truly exceptional man.

We ended our visit by celebrating Mass in the chapel where we saw the altar used by Marcellin and the statue of Our Good Mother.

In a nutshell, a truly memorable day for all of us, one that drew us nearer to the Marist realities that we all hold dear, nearer also to the charism of Marcellin.

When we got back home we felt energized by all that we had experienced during the day. Truly it had been a marvelous opportunity, and we are enormously grateful to Brother Superior General and his Council, to Brother Pietro Bettin, the community superior, and with him to the entire community.

Angelica Iodice (GENMA group leader)

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