In the midst of this violent world, the Missionaries of La Salette of Brazil on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, took over responsibility of Taizé Center, comprising a Retreat House and a Center of Christian Formation in Alagoinhas, Bahia, Brazil.
The famous ecumenical community of Taizé in France has had a branch in Bahia, Brazil for forty years, but the four monks that work here have no strength to continue their work. When they looked for help, the Missionaries of La Salette from the Brazil Province responded.
Various aspects of this new mission are interesting. It’s a ministry not a parish. It’s an ecumenical collaborative work since of the four monks there, only one is Catholic. Besides, the work is a collaboration between two communities of faith. And what a service in the midst of a violent world!
With the retreat house and educational programs, La Salette is creating an oasis of hope, together with the monks who will continue their style of prayer, alternating silence with simple musical refrains (which we know from their popular music CDs). Facing violence, this Taizé Center will offer a setting to find oneself with God so that many – among them many youth – can find peace and return to the upside-down world, carrying the Good News of Reconciliation.