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25 years in the school apostolate

15/10/2007: Spain

In 1982 the groups called « Friendship and Christian Life » came into existence in our schools. Having existed now for twenty five years, various anniversary events have taken place over the past year. Youth meetings were held in which there were more than one thousand participants. Other activities also took place in each pastoral center. All the events were planned by a special committee presided over by Brother Serafin Ruiz, the Province advisor for youth ministry.

On September 29, to mark the final Province-level celebration, a meeting took place at Cervantes School in Córdoba. To the celebration were invited all those who presently work with the “Friendship and Christian Life” groups: Brothers, catechist leaders and catechists. In all, around three hundred people were present for the occasion.

Brother Serafin welcomed all the school groups to the meeting room. Then, Brother José Antonio Quintanal reviewed the groups’ history over the twenty five years of their existence. He made use of a presentation with pictures, songs and significant readings.

Among those in attendance was Brother Manuel Jorques, Provincial. He spoke briefly, offering sincere thanks to all present for their participation in the Marist apostolate, for making real the “dream” of Marcellin: to bring Jesus to children and young people. As a concrete expression of thanks, he gave each participant a small gas-burning candle.

Then a round table discussion took place in which five of the participants spoke. Starting from life experience, they reflected on the past history of the groups and their present reality. A meal followed, prepared by the leaders and catechists of Cordoue. After the meal, groups meetings took place.

Following upon the group meetings, everyone went to the multipurpose sports hall where Mass was held. The celebrant was Jesuit Father Miguel, the chaplain of the college. At Communion, each participant received a small ceramic cross personally made by one of the teachers.
The meeting concluded with a picnic supper in the college courtyard.

“The atmosphere,” commented Brother Serafin,” was very pleasant and celebratory. Everyone took part with enthusiasm in all the day’s activities. A climate of friendship and camaraderie prevailed from the very beginning of the day.”

Brother José Delgado García

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