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Part of our History: Goma, Living with War

Tereza-Musabayezu writes from Goma, on the Congo/Rwandan border about coping with an ongoing situation of war:  read more »

"You have some new messages"

After his twelve years of service to the General Fraternity, Marc has gone back to Lille where he lived before that. He is in fraternity with a group of four young brothers who are studying theology. Last November, Marc found a job. Here he describes his first impressions and his first encounters. What does one say when God is silent? Invisible but present, He sends us message after message.  read more »

Part of our History: Our Belonging to the Eastern Churches in Europe,

Our chapel in BelgradeOur chapel in Belgrade

In April this year, several of our communities belonging to the Eastern Churches in Europe met together in Rusti Krstur in Serbia to support each other and to deepen their belonging in their particular Rite.  read more »

Doesn't a Little Brother do anything? -Vienna

Because of its geographical position, during the Cold War Austria found itself between two 'blocks' that confronted one another. Its neutrality was well known. Because if this Vienna was a place for contacts and was a true crossroads for peoples and ideas. And it is so still today, even more, in the globalised world. The fraternity of Vienna has existed for thirty years. Herbert has lived there from the beginning. He recently, he retired from work.  read more »

Twinning of the fraternities of Vitrolles (France) and Foumban (Cameroon)

After his election as Prior at the Chapter of Bangalore in October 2008, Herve Janson had to leave his fraternity of Foumban (Cameroon) in order to move to Brussels. He asked for a brother to go and strengthen this fraternity. Patrice Tassel, from the fraternity of Vitrolles (France), who is retired, agreed to go. He has some understanding of Cameroon because four brothers who have spent more than 40 years in Central Africa now live in the fraternity of Vitrolles.  read more »

Growing old, what does that mean for me? -London

The fraternity in London has existed since 1973. It has changed its face and location several times. Thierry has lived there from the beginning. He has worked mainly at L'Arche, an institution that welcomes and works with handicapped people. Today Thierry lives near this community where he continues to provide a service in line with his abilities.  read more »