Little Brothers of Jesus

Among the disaster victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011

After the earthquake in Japan on March 11th, 2011, and the tsunami that followed, the Bishop of Sendai, one of the dioceses in Japan that was most badly affected, asked (through a priest we knew) if Nozomi, of the fraternity of Wakayama, could free himself and come to his diocese to help. So Nozomi and Ludo travelled more than 1000 kilometres north and joined the teams who were already there serving the disaster victims. Ludo returned to Wakayama after a month, while Nozomi stayed for almost six months.  read more »

Bread, Liberty and Human Dignity, in Cairo -January 2011

I write you these lines while we, the Egyptian people, are going through difficult times. I write to you, with my heart bleeding for this beautiful country: these things needed to happen to waken the country from its slumber.  read more »

Retired from work, but life is very full

Detroit has been known for decades as the capital and centre of the automobile industry.
The fraternity here dates from 1963. The first brothers moved into one of the black neighbourhoods which was, in 1967, at the centre of bloody and destructive riots by the black population. Today the fraternity is in a neighbourhood with a mainly Hispanic and Spanish-speaking population.  read more »

Some steps, on the road to Emmaus

My name is Joseph and I am from Vietnam. There are nine of us brothers and sisters in my family, my parents are farmers. We are a happy family, on the whole. At present, I live in the fraternity. To get here, I have been through some highs and lows in my life. Thinking about it again, it’s like the return to the country of the two Emmaus disciples.Emmaus, He is with usEmmaus, He is with us  read more »

A glimpse of my life in Setubal

Setubal is in Portugal on the Atlantic coast south of Lisbon. It was in 1967 that two student brothers, Henrique and Domingo, arrived there. Thanks to the parish priest, they went to a slum area on the side of the hill that overlooks the town. Bonds of friendship were created, and in 1974, when the people of the area organised themselves to build proper homes after the fall of the dictatorship, the fraternity was integrated into it. About 300 families live there now. And that is where Luis and Henrique live; Luis works at the Higher Polytechnic Institute.  read more »