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“Montagne, the Dance of the Mission – Letter by Br Emili Turú, Superior General of Marists

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 April 15, 2015

montagneLETTER - Dear Maristas of Champagnat,

On 24 th October 2014, we began preparations for the Marist Bicentenary throughout the world; on that occasion I wrote a letter entitled Just a Tent as the Heart of the Future, offering a reflection on the overall theme of the Bicentenary: A New Beginning.

In that letter, I promised I would write a further three, one for each year of preparation, taking up, in turn, the motivational themes: Montagne, Fourvière, La Valla. In this letter, published during the Montagne Year, I would like to share with you some of the reflections on the mission that has been entrusted to us within the Church, and that we have inherited, as a specific gift, from the hands of Fr Champagnat and of the thousands of Marists who have gone before us.

During the course of my writing this letter, we are celebrating the second anniversary of the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis. In a very short period of time, he has earned the love and trust of believers and non-believers worldwide. In November 2013, as a result of the Synod on the New Evangelisation, he issued an Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. As is customary, the title Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) was taken from the opening latin words of the Exhortation.


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