Brother Charles De Foucauld

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April 15th, 2015 by admin


DECEMBER 1, 1916-DECEMBER 1, 2016


100 years anniversary of the death of Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Beginning this December 1, 2015 begins a yearlong celebration of the life and death of Blessed Charles of Jesus. Shot to death, December 1, 1916 in the obscure village of Tamanrasset deep in the Sarah of Algeria, it’s hard to believe that someone who died alone could be the founder of 16 religious congregations. His spiritual children are now in every country on earth, and purposely in the most remote and poorest cities and villages.

Joined together, we are asked by the International Association Charles de Foucauld to do everything we can to use this year both for personal growth, and in some way as a country, dioceses, or whatever possible, to share his life and spirituality. The Association asks us to use this year to promote, make known and in any way to bring his life and contemplative spirituality to the attention of our people.

We have no press releases, there is no one who can charge of this endeavor. We are not organized in any way to do this. It would be a wonderful time to use Catholic magazines, newspapers and other media possible. Maybe you know someone who could aid us in this little mission. We know that Pope Francis is doing a wonderful job for the spirituality of Blessed Charles. His message of fraternal love and the rejection of paternalism is so much at the core of who Blessed Charles was.

As we say: no attitude.

Can you, will you in any way join with us the international family of Blessed Charles throughout the world to use this year to share his life with others?

We welcome any comments, or suggestions.

Br Charles Collage

April 1st, 2015 by admin

Lenten/Easter message for the Fraternities

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We hope this message finds you well as we enter these wonderful days of Holy Week.

On behalf of all regional responsibles of the Americas, Onalis and I would like to share with you the following message ( see attached document).
We would also like to announce that the next Regional Meeting (one day) will be held on Saturday, June 27th in Brooklyn, NY. Onalis will be providing us all with organizational and thematic details very shortly.

May God illuminate our way as we follow the steps of Br Charles.
In brotherly service,
Onalis and Ciro

Lent Message - English

November 27th, 2014 by admin

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. May your festivities in your respective families be filled with love and joy. A great prelude to the wonderful upcoming advent season.

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my most heartfelt thank you for the nourishing encounter at our annual Tabor meeting in Tarrytown this past weekend. I hope the meeting was as nourishing for you as it was for me. Thank you for the sharing, the trust, and the warm, fraternal companionship. I hope your return home was smooth and joyful. As is the case after everyone of our meetings, I remain deeply moved and grateful for the experience of Nazareth which unites us. I continue to meditate on our fraternal exchanges and on His hidden and transforming presence in each of our lives. Upside or downside: He is undoubtedly there in our hearts as we make our way in life. Let’s rejoice for this.

I would like to thank Onalis for her generosity and willingness to serve our larger community as co-responsible for the next 4 years. I truly look forward to working with my “hermanita”. Her experience in the midst of the Brooklyn Fraternities over the years will truly serve her well throughout her mandate as our greater Frat community faces the hopes and challenges of this world.

On this wonderful day of celebration for all my American brothers and sisters, I would also like to thank Frank for all that he has done in recent years for the Fraternities. His leadership and quality of Presence has marked us all, and given us the peaceful and valuable guidance that our community needed. Thanks to him, we have grown in so many ways. On a personal note, thank you Brother Frank, for allowing me to lean on you, oh! so many times. Now, don’t burn the turkey!

May God illuminate our way as we follow the steps of Br Charles.
In brotherly service,