|Founded in Argentina
VATICAN CITY, 16 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of Heart's
Home, which appears in the Directory of International Associations of
the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Heart's Home
History: Heart's Home was founded in Parana, Argentina, by Father
Thierry de Roucy, the superior general of the Congregation of the
Servants of Jesus and Mary at the time, to establish small communities
to take in neglected, abandoned or abused children.
This experience, which involves young volunteers who wish to devote at
least one year of their lives to their smaller poor brothers and
sisters, rapidly spread to several other countries in Latin America,
Europe, Asia and Africa.
A few years after the association was founded, in response to the wish
of a number of young volunteers (men and women) to commit themselves
permanently to the work both as consecrated lay people and priests, the
Molokai Fraternity for "permanent" members, and the Molokai Priestly
Fraternity were established.
A lay branch of the movement is the Fraternity of St. Maximilian Kolbe,
for sympathizers with the association who desire to live their baptismal
vocation in the world according to the Heart's Home charism.
Identity: Heart's Home offers its members the opportunity to live the
charism of compassion and consolation, by offering a warm loving
environment to children; by experiencing friendship with lonely or
suffering people in the places where they live; and by building a bridge
between the marginalized, the Church, and the local social structures.
The pedagogy of the association revolves around three main points:
prayer life, community life, apostolic life. For young volunteers there
is a period of discernment and meetings, lasting for a minimum of six
months, three weekends of religious instruction, and a 15-day training
During the voluntary service period, young people continue to receive
guidance under the visitor (person responsible) of each Heart's Home.
The ongoing formation of the members of the Fraternity of St. Maximilian
Kolbe is given through monthly meetings (community school), quarterly
meetings (reflection weekends) and annual meetings (spiritual
Organization: The highest authority of Heart's Home is the general
moderator, who governs the association with the assistance of a council
The council comprises the founder; the superior general of the
Congregation of the Servants of Jesus and Mary; the prioress general of
the Association of the Servants of Jesus and Mary; the moderator and the
assistant of the Molokai Priestly Fraternity; heads of the male and
female branch of the Molokai Fraternity; the representative of the
visitors; and the head of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity.
The committee comprises the general moderator, the founder, and a member
of the council appointed by the general moderator.
Membership: Two-hundred ninety people form part of the Heart's Home
experience, including 180 young volunteers on the mission, 60 members of
the Molokai Fraternity, and 50 members of the St. Maximilian Kolbe
Fraternity. The association is present in 20 countries worldwide.
Works: The charism of Heart's Home has inspired the Fazenda do Natal in
Brazil, and the Garden of Mercy in India
two places where families, street children and suffering people can be
reborn to a life of prayer, fraternal love and work
and various communities for students and workers.
Publications: D'un Point-Coeur à l'Autre, published quarterly
Web site: www.pointscoeur.org
40, route Eugénie
60350 Vieux Moulin
Tel. (33) 3.4485.4940
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]