|Called to Live the Beatitudes
VATICAN CITY, 15 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
Foyers de Charité, which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official name: Foyers de Charité
History: Foyers de Charité was instituted following a meeting between
Marthe Robin (1902-1981) and Father Georges Finet, who was to become her
Marthe Robin, who had been ill from the age of 16, offered herself to
the will of God in total abandon, entrusting herself to Mary. From 1930
she prayed ceaselessly to have a Catholic school in her native town of
Chateauneuf-de-Galaure, and this was followed in 1940-1948 by the
foundation of the Foyer of Light, Charity and Love
center for spiritual retreats, open to all, and the first of the
numerous Foyers de Charité that spread from France to all continents.
On Nov. 1, 1986, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed
recognition of the Foyers de Charité as an international association of
the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The members of the Foyers de Charité are lay men and women and
priests who are called to live according to the spirit of the beatitudes
at the service of evangelization, and work with the whole of the Church
to reveal Christ, the light of the world, and his message of salvation.
In the spirit of the beatitudes they also place their material,
intellectual and spiritual goods in common. The educational process of
the members is designed to prepare them for the mission and to make them
responsible for the unity and the dynamism of the association.
Formation is provided within the community, with personal meetings with
the leaders (priests and laity), community meetings, courses of study of
holy Scripture, theology, liturgy, catechesis and liturgical animation.
Among the formation activities, spiritual retreats open to all play an
important part, as a synthesis of Christian life and faith in fidelity
to the Word of God and the magisterium of the Church. Retreats, animated
by the laity, are led by the priest responsible for the Foyer. At the
Chateauneuf-de-Galaure Foyer a one-month formation course is held every
year to enhance familiarity with the association, its charism and the
way it operates.
Organization: The core of the association and focus of communion and
cooperation between all the Foyers de Charité in the world, is the Foyer
at Chateauneuf-de-Galaure, Foyer Center. The priest-in-charge is also
responsible for all the Foyers worldwide.
Every Foyer de Charité
comprises a priest and lay members, living in communion with the
universal Church incorporated into the diocesan Church. The members of
all the Foyers meet every year in a family spirit to share their
experiences and jointly draft projects for expanding the association.
The General Assembly is convened every five years by the priest in
charge of the Foyer Center, elects one half of the members of the
Central Council and decides on the most important spiritual and
apostolic guidelines of the association.
The life of the Foyers de Charité is supported by a network of friends
creating the so-called Enlarged Foyer made up of the members of the
Foyers and those taking part in the spiritual retreats, which testify to
the light, charity and love of Christ throughout the world.
Membership: The association has 75 Foyers and is present in 41
Works: Foyers de Charité run homes to take in children in difficulty or
with disabilities and for abandoned babies, schools, homes for the
elderly, a diocesan spiritual centre, dispensaries, printing shop, local
religious radio stations, and canteens for the poor.
Publications: L'alouette, a bimonthly magazine.
Web site: www.foyer-chateauneuf.com
Foyer de Charité
85, rue Geoffroy de Moirans
Tel. (33) 4.7568.7900
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]