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

November 1st, 2012 by admin

Bonn Germany 2012 Assembly

August 24th, 2012 by admin

Final message – Bonn 2012 –

Approximately 60 delegates assembled in Bonn, Germany (August 3-13th 2012) for the 9th International Assembly of the Lay Fraternity Charles de Foucauld. The Fraternity is found in 45 countries from 5 continents. Thirty countries were represented at the Assembly.
Through moments of prayer, celebration, reports and sharing of life, the Assembly evaluated the condition of the Fraternities from around the world in order to reach conclusions on its current state.
(1) The reports permitted a better understanding of the social contexts in which Fraternities live.
(2) The current global crisis which the world and Fraternities are experiencing has severely increased the gap between the rich and the poor in our society. This situation has become a source of physical and economic hardship in our society, thus contributing to a climate of social instability and insecurity.
(3) It is from this background that the Fraternities, despite their strengths and limitations, would like to pursue the prophetic call of Brother Charles’ message.
(4) The contributions and deliberations of the delegates yielded several compelling revelations such as:
– The birth of new Fraternities and the aging of established ones.
– The concern to deepen the charism and message of Brother Charles and to develop fraternal relations.
– An important interrogation: does our experience of the message of Brother Charles meet the desires, aspirations and needs of the people of our times?
– The ethical crisis and neoliberalism reinforce each other.
(5) Our theme for the International Assembly, ‘Daring to Encounter’ emerged from our daily lives: joyful encounters, failed encounters, and missed encounters. This theme was first and foremost the fruit of reflection of all the Fraternities during the past two years. The contributions of other resource individuals, witnesses and visits to various social projects added enrichment to the theme.
(6) The biblical perspective of our reflection enabled us to rediscover, on one hand, the experience of an oppressed people, and on the other, how to convert a relationship based on domination to one based on reciprocity.
(7) The various encounters of Brother Charles de Foucauld were marked by the culture of his times, and reveal the different aspects of his character. His abundant correspondence testifies to the fact that his relations were marked by faithfulness, kindness and love of God and humanity.
(8) A description of the state of ecumenism in Germany indicated a possible road to travel in order to live in “unity despite fraternal differences”. On the other hand the testimony of a working priest brought to light that his daily encounters were characterized by his capacity to live in solidarity with others. This example of encounter is the very essence of that proposed by our spirituality. Lastly, visits to a local parish and mosque were the illustration of the desire to create a social link through different activities.
(9) Aspiring to live the love and gentleness of God for all humanity, as Brother Charles did, the continents would like to take up the following challenges:
– To give ourselves the time and means to revisit and live our spirituality. As laity in the world, we wish to confront it with the signs and events of our times.
– To deepen the relations between Fraternities of each country within each continent, and respond to the aspirations of today’s youth.
– To surpass our fears and doubts in the face of extremism and foster relations based on mutual reciprocity, respect and solidarity.
– The use of modern communication means (Facebook, Twitter etc) will help us achieve these goals.
We thank the German Fraternities for their hospitality during this Assembly.