Letter to our Brethren

25 years ago…

25 years ago…

This year 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the approval, by the 44th General Chapter of the Order, of the institutional document "The Laity in the Pious Schools".  It is a "round" date, which can suggest a grateful look at the path traveled over the years and that...

Try to understand what the Lord wants

Try to understand what the Lord wants

It is quite clear that our 48th General Chapter offers all the Pious Schools many areas of reflection and is called to provoke - if we allow it - new dynamisms of life and mission. I believe that one of the aspects on which we are called to fix our attention is the...

Going Deeper into our Piarist Spirituality

Going Deeper into our Piarist Spirituality

This is the formulation chosen by our General Chapter to express the first of the Keys of Life of the Order, framed in the so-called nucleus that constitutes the "centrality of Jesus Christ in our life and mission".  Two options are proposed to us for the proper...

Gathered in a community of faith…

Gathered in a community of faith…

Thus begins the third chapter of our Constitutions, dedicated to Piarist community life. And so begins the second "key of life" of our 48th General Chapter, which proposes "to revitalize our community life and to take special care of the central aspects emphasized by...

Accompany

Accompany

A few days before leaving for Mexico to participate in the General Chapter, I traveled from Rome to Genoa to accompany a young Italian, Elia Guerra, on his priestly ordination. The journey from Rome to Genoa by train takes five hours, which allows you to devote time...

A Chapter that welcomes and receives

A Chapter that welcomes and receives

After a General Chapter, it is usually convenient to write a letter exhorting the brothers to receive and welcome the documents, proposals and options of the Chapter. I will do so in a next opportunity, no doubt. But on this occasion, I think it is better to write a...

Celebrate and welcome the General Chapter

Celebrate and welcome the General Chapter

I write this fraternal letter shortly before leaving for Mexico, to participate in the 48th General Chapter of our Order. We have been waiting for some time for this Chapter, which had to be postponed for several months because of the health situation we are...

A new Piarist Vocational Year

A new Piarist Vocational Year

Throughout the next year 2022 we will be living a new Piarist Vocational Year. It has been convened by the General Congregation in the framework of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the constitution of the Pious Schools as a religious Order of solemn vows...

“Even if it’s just a glass of water”

“Even if it’s just a glass of water”

On the numerous occasions in which throughout these years I have been able to meet so many people who love Calasanz and collaborate with the Pious Schools, I have tended to speak to them using a passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew (Mt 11: 42) that is particularly...

Seeds bearing new life

Seeds bearing new life

After a year and a half, we are still living in the midst of a pandemic that we are not being able to control and that we still do not know when and how it will end. It is undoubtedly an exceptional experience for all mankind and, therefore, for Consecrated Life and...