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Friday, 27 April 2007 12:12
Taizé Montreal - April 27-29 2007.

What is Taizé?

Taizé is the name of a small village in the south of Burgundy, France and home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1940 by Brother Roger. With life commitments to material and spiritual sharing, to celibacy, and to a great simplicity of life, the brothers try to live out a "parable of community". Today, the community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and other various Protestant backgrounds, from more than twenty-five nations. After Brother Roger's tragic death on 16 August 2005, Brother Alois became prior of the Community.

At the heart of daily life in Taizé are three times of prayer together. The songs that were composed for this prayer have spread across the world. The brothers live by their own work. They do not accept gifts or donations for themselves. Some of the brothers are living in small groups among the very poor in Bangladesh, Brazil, Senegal and South Korea.

A number of Canadians who have been to Taizé or taken part in a Taizé weekend in Canada have been asking: "Would it be possible to organize a weekend in Canada that would bring together young adults from various parts of the country and the U.S?

It is a great joy to announce that such a weekend is being planned for this year. It will take place in Montréal from 27-29 April 2007. Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montréal, the Rt Reverend Barry Clarke, the Anglican bishop of Montreal, and the "Synod Montréal and Ottawa Conference" of the United Church of Canada have already expressed their joy at welcoming such an event.

The weekend will be part of a "Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth" which Brother Roger initiated many years ago as a way of stimulating young adults to become bearers of peace, trust, and reconciliation in the places where they live.

The Diocese of Pembroke is planning to gather a group of interested young adults to participate in this weekend of prayer and community. Participants must be 17 - 35 years of age and must pre-register. Adults over 35 years of age who wish to attend may do so as a chaperone (limited spaces available). Evening prayer sessions are open to the public. To register contact Yvette Bourque, Director of Youth Ministry, at (613) 732-7933 Ex. 208 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline for registration is March 19, 2007.

To read more about the Taizé event and its relations with Canada see
website: www.taizemontreal2007.ca


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