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WHO ARE WE ?

An international catholic movement. A christian movement for married couples.

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING ?

A way of life and mutual support among couples. A means to be happy as a couple and as a family. A special way of living the gospel.

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The meeting of the International Leading Team
3rd Meeting, College & Zones Meeting - US Super-Region
Begins - 16 July 2014
International Leading Team Meeting (ERI):
16 July (evening) to 20 July (noon)
College: 20 July (afternoon) to 25 July (noon)                              Zones: 25 July (afternoon) to 26 July (noon)
Meeting with Team members: 26 July
Ends - 27 July 2014

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The Teams celebrated their 50th anniversary in Madeira

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The Teams of Our Lady celebrated their 50th anniversary
In Madeira


In Madeira, the Teams of Our Lady celebrated their 50th anniversary on March 29th 2014 with about 600 people in attendance, including team meJubilémbers, guest couples and twenty Spiritual Counsellors. The Madeira region is part of the Portugal Super Region and is made up of 50 teams spread over 5 sectors.

Regional Secretary of Social Affairs both gave speeches at the opening session. The latter underlined the fact that "society in Madeira had greatly benefitted from the families in the Teams of Our Lady movement, who continue to be the primary school for life." The Bishop of Funchal highlighted the fact that this jubilee was taking place within the celebration of the "500 years of the Diocese" and also had its place within the perspective of the Bishops' Synod, called for by Pope Francis concerning the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evanglisation. He added that the Church called Cocotefor "courage in order to face the complex and numerous problems that occur in the family today."
After the inaugural ceremony, Monsignor Victor Feytor Pinto gave a talk about "The families' Place in the Context of CCNew Evangelisation" and this was followed by two further talks and various testimonials on the topic of "How to be a Christian couple in today's world."
At the end of the meeting, Tó & José Moura Soares, the Responsible Couple in the International Leading Team spoke about the international nature of the movement and the way it respects the diversity of cultures. They made a plea to those couples in attendance to respond concretely to the suggestions made by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, concerning the evangelisation of couples and families.

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Thought for Today

Jesus died because he loved. He loved his disciples, but he also loved those who were about to kill him. He loved all of humanity so completely. He knew that by going to the extreme, by giving the gift of himself, he was going to give life. Jesus' death was paradoxically fruitful. Jesus did not choose to die, he chose to love and it is this total, absolute, no-turning-back kind of love that led him to death.
We cannot contemplate Good Friday without remembering Holy Thursday. On the Thursday, at the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” The desire to live within us all, to connect with our vulnerability was already obvious here. Then he got on his knees and washed his disciples' feet. It is only in the light of both of these gestures of giving that we can understand the death on the cross on the Friday. The gift of love preceded death.
And finally, love was stronger than death. This was the mystery of Easter morning. Jesus' resurrection was not for himself, but for us. He wanted to lead us to the resurrection. And not only the resurrection of bodies at the end of time, but to a progressive resurrection, like a slow and patient maturing in our daily life.

Jean Vanier,
Founder of The International Federation of L'Arche

Calendar

The meeting of the International Leading Team
3rd Meeting, College & Zones Meeting - US Super-Region
Begins - 16 July 2014
International Leading Team Meeting (ERI):
16 July (evening) to 20 July (noon)
College: 20 July (afternoon) to 25 July (noon)                              Zones: 25 July (afternoon) to 26 July (noon)
Meeting with Team members: 26 July
Ends - 27 July 2014

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