2016 Visit of a Brother of the Taize Community

The Philippines was graced with the brief visit of a Brother from the Taize Community, Br. GHISLAIN, a sign of the continued commitment of the community to journey with the local churches and the young people on a “pilgrimage of trust”.
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The Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) thanks all those youth ministry offices which welcomed him, and those which sent young people and youth ministers to join activities with him.  The ECY is particularly grateful to the Military Ordinariate and its Commission on Youth for hosting the open prayer last February 23, and attended by a good number of participants, many of them from other dioceses and organizations!

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While the visit was brief, the expression of solidarity continues.  Particularly on this Jubilee of Mercy and the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, the community shares a gift with us, “The Courage of Mercy“.  The ECY respectfully enjoins all youth ministers, the young people under their care, along with everyone else, to strongly consider this document, with the proposals it offers, as a guide and inspiration in the mission.  For instance, this may be useful for the “24 Hours for the Lord“, an initiative indicated by Pope Francis to be done in each diocese this March 04-05 (in Misericordiae Vultus, no. 17), which the ECY  hopes each diocesan youth ministry will support and each organization will promote in their local units; it can also be of use in other initiatives of youth ministry in these seasons of Lent and Easter.
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The ECY trusts that efforts like this will continue for youth ministry, to highlight prayer as the source of our mission for young people in behalf of the Church.  Let us also continue praying for Br. GHISLAIN who left our country last night for the remaining visits in Asia, continuing the pilgrimage of trust on earth.

An Invitation – The Year 2015 for the Taize Community

LOCAL ORDINARIES in the Philippines and their
WELCOME CENTERSGROUPS and VOLUNTEERS in thePilgrimage of trust on earth 2010
PERMANENTS (those sent to the Taize Intercontinental Meetings) from the Philippines
Your Excellencies,
Dear friends in Christ,
Diyos ang bukal ng buhay, ang apoy at pagmamahal.
O halina, halina, Diyos Espiritu Santo!
Still in the spirit of the continuing pilgrimage of trust on earth which blessed us all last 2010 and continues to challenge us, we share this invitation by the Taize Community regarding the Year 2015 in Taize, which mark for them the 100th birthday of Br. Roger and the 75th year of the Community.  Among their proposals, they exhort us to mark May 12 (or a date near it) with prayer in the way of Taize in our communities, and to commit to acts of solidarity within this year.
This invitation comes very timely for us, as we continue observing the Year of the Poor.  Let us make our communion in prayer and commitment to solidarity become our way of going “to the peripheries… to bring the light of Christ” as His Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle expressed to Pope Francis in behalf of everyone in the Concluding Mass of the Papal Visit last 2015 January 18.
May we then refer you to these documents:
1) The Year 2015 in Taize – Proposals and Possibilities for the Philippines 
2) The Year 2015 in Taize – Reply Form
After reading Proposals and Possibilities for the Philippines and discussing with your youth ministry group or equivalent, we kindly ask you to fill up the Reply Form and send it to secretariat@cbcp-ecy.ph not later than 2015 April 15.  What you send us will be useful to know what is happening in the country in relation to the Year 2015 in Taize, and to share with others, including the Taize Community who faithfully journeys with our Church in the Philippines.
Anticipating your acceptance of this invitation, we altogether renew our commitment to continue the pilgrimage of trust on earth.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Chairman, Episcopal Commission on Youth

Visit from the Taize Community

The two Brothers of the Taize Community are visiting the Philippines. Their visit is part of their continuing commitment to the pilgrimage of trust on earth.

The Brothers will be in the Philippines on 07-26 October 2014, and will come to visit many dioceses, parishes and other communities for prayer, recollection or encounter with young people.

The following are their schedule of visits:

07 October      
Little Sisters of Jesus
09 October      
Diocese of Cabanatuan
De La Salle University
10 October      
Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Malolos
10-11 October
Chiro Youth Movement

11 October
Diocese of Alaminos
Holy Family Parish, Diocese of Pasig
12 October  
St. Augustine Parish, Archdiocese of Pampanga
 Jesus of Nazareth Parish, Diocese of Novaliches
13 October
CBCP Chapel
14 October
Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Parish, Diocese of Imus
14-15 October
Prelature of Isabela
15 October
St. Pedro Poveda College
16 October
Sta Cruz Parish, Archdiocese of  Manila
18 October
NCYM2014, Diocese of Kalibo
19 October
Estancia, Archdiocese of Jaro
20-22 October
NCYM2014, Diocese of Kalibo
23 October
Ateneo de Manila Grade School
San Ildefonso Parish, Diocese of Kalookan
24 October
Mary Help of Christians School,  Pampanga
Rogationists Seminary, Diocese of  Paranaque
25 October 
Archdiocese of Cebu
CLCP National Convention
26 October 
St. John Bosco Parish, Makati
St. Benedict Parish, Diocese of Novaliches
Union Church, Makati


Retreat for Taizé Permanents 2013

“We are devoting the year 2013 to finding ways of ‘uncovering the wellsprings of trust in God.’ The ‘Year of Faith’ launched by Pope Benedict XVI points us in this direction.”

~Brother Alois, Prior of the Taizé Community

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In this spirit, Brothers of the Taizé Community are preparing for a weekend retreat with permanents from the Philippines.  Scheduled 26-28 April 2013, this gathering generally aims to provide support to “permanents”, i.e. those persons who have been sent to the 3-month immersion in the life of the Taizé community, as they continue with their daily life and tasks in their respective communities and missions, and through them to bring more people to discover the beauty of living in a filial relationship with God.

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The retreat is part of the program of the 2013 visit of the Brothers to the Philippines, as part of their commitment to support the continuing “pilgrimage of trust on earth”, a highlight of which is the international meeting last February 2010 held in the country and hosted by dioceses, parishes, schools and other communities of faith.  During this 2013 visit, they will go as invited to dioceses, parishes and other groups for prayer, reflection and sharing.

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The weekend retreat is also open to other persons who have visited the Taizé community in France for short periods.  Registration is necessary, which may be done by emailing the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth through ecynsya@gmail.com.  Registered participants are asked to arrive at 1:00 PM of 26 April 2013; the program will culminate at lunchtime of 28 April 2013.  Further details may be requested by calling the same office through (02) 5279567.

The Taizé Community

taize“Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled, a community where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.”

Brother Roger: “God is love alone”


A “parable of community”


Today, the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.

The brothers of the community live solely by their work. They do not accept donations. In the same way, they do not accept personal inheritances for themselves; the community gives them to the very poor.

Certain brothers live in some of the disadvantaged places in the world, to be witnesses of peace there, alongside people who are suffering. These small groups of brothers, in Asia, Africa and South America, share the living conditions of the people around them. They strive to be a presence of love among the very poor, street children, prisoners, the dying, and those who are wounded by broken relationships, or who have been abandoned.

Over the years, young adults have been coming to Taizé in ever greater numbers; they come from every continent to take part in weekly meetings. Sisters of Saint Andrew, an international Catholic community founded seven centuries ago, Polish Ursuline Sisters and Sisters of St Vincent de Paul take on some of the tasks involved in welcoming the young people.

Church leaders also come to Taizé. The community has thus welcomed Pope John Paul II, four Archbishops of Canterbury, Orthodox metropolitans, the fourteen Lutheran bishops of Sweden, and countless pastors from all over the world.

From 1962 on, brothers and young people sent by Taizé went back and forth continually to the countries of Eastern Europe, with great discretion, to visit those who were confined within their frontiers.

Brother Roger died on 16 August 2005, at the age of 90, killed during the evening prayer. Since then, Brother Alois, whom Brother Roger chose as his successor many years ago, has been the prior of the Community.

Source: www.taize.fr

Rome 2012: Taize European Meeting

Pope to Taizé youth: Be bearers of Christian unity

(Vatican Radio) This Saturday an estimated 40 thousand young people gathered around Pope Benedict XVI above the tomb of St Peter for a vigil of prayer at year’s end. They are the young men and women of Europe’s Taizé Community on their annual ‘pilgrimage of trust on earth’ and they had come to Rome to receive Pope Benedict’s blessing for their New Year’s ‘resolution’: To uncover the wellsprings of trust in God in today’s world.

Below, please find the text of the Holy Father’s address to the European meeting of the Taizé Community and the greeting to the Holy Father of Br. Alois, leader of the Community.
Thank you, dear Brother Alois, for your warm words, full of affection.
Dear young people, dear pilgrims of trust, welcome to Rome!You have come in great numbers, from all over Europe and from other continents, to pray at the tombs of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul. In fact, in this city both shed their blood for Christ. The faith that motivated these two great apostles of Christ is the same that compelled you to start out on this journey. During the year that is about to begin, you are proposing to uncover the well springs of trust in God in order to live it in your everyday life. It gladdens me that in this way, you have embraced the aims of the Year of Faith which began in October.
This is the fourth European meeting to be held in Rome. On this occasion, I would like to repeat the words my predecessor, John Paul II to young people during your third Meeting in Rome: “The Pope feels deeply committed together with you all on this pilgrimage of trust on earth … I too am called to be a pilgrim of trust in the name of Christ”. (30 December 1987).

Just over seventy years ago, Brother Roger established the Taizé Community. Thousands of young people from all over the world continue to go there to seek meaning for their lives. The Brothers welcome them to share in their prayer and provide them with an opportunity to experience a personal relationship with God. It was to support these young people on their journey to Christ that Brother Roger had the idea of starting a “pilgrimage of trust on earth”.A tireless witness to the Gospel of peace and reconciliation, ardently committed to an ecumenism of holiness, Brother Roger encouraged all those who passed through Taizé to become seekers of communion. We should listen in our hearts to his spiritually lived ecumenism, and let ourselves be guided by his witness towards an ecumenism which is truly interiorized and spiritualized. Following his example, may all of you be bearers of this message of unity. I assure you of the irrevocable commitment of the Catholic Church to continue seeking the paths of reconciliation leading to the visible unity of Christians. And so this evening I greet with special affection those among you who are Orthodox or Protestants.

Today, Christ is asking you the same question he asked his disciples, “Who am I to you?”. Peter, at whose tomb we are gathered at this moment, replied: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:15-16). His whole life became a concrete answer to this question. Christ also wants to receive a response from each of you born of a deep inner freedom and not of compulsion or fear. In responding to that question your life will find its strongest meaning. The text of the Letter of St. John that we have just heard helps us understand with great simplicity how to respond: “What we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another” (3:23). Have faith and love God and others! What could be more exciting? What could be more beautiful?During these days in Rome, let this Yes to Christ grow in your hearts, above all by taking advantage of the long moments of silence that are an integral part of your community prayers, after having listened to the Word of God. This Word, says the Second Letter of Peter, is “like a lamp shining in a dark place,” which you do well to be attentive to “until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (1.19). You have to understand: if the morning star must arise in your hearts it is because it is not always present there. Sometimes the evil and suffering of the innocent create doubt and confusion in you. And saying Yes to Christ can become difficult. But these doubts do not make you non-believers! Jesus did not reject the man in the Gospel who shouted: “I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24).

So that you do not lose faith during this battle, God never leaves you alone and isolated. He gives us all the joy and comfort of the communion of the Church. During your stay in Rome, thanks to the generous hospitality of many parishes and religious communities, you are undergoing a new experience of being Church. On your return home, to your various countries, I invite you to discover that God is making you all co-responsible for His Church, in all the variety of vocations. This communion which is the Body of Christ needs you and you all have a place in it. Starting with your gifts, from what is specific to each of you, the Holy Spirit forms and breathes life into this mystery of communion which is the Church, in order to convey the Good News of the Gospel to the world today.

Together with silence, song has an important place in your community prayers. In these days the songs of Taizé fill the basilicas of Rome. Song is a support and incomparable expression of prayer. Singing to Christ, you open yourselves to the mystery of His hope. Do not be afraid to precede the dawn in praise of God, you will not be disappointed.Dear young friends, Christ does not remove you from the world. He sends you there where His light is missing, so that you may bring it to others. Yes, you are all called to be small lights to those around you. With your attention to a more equitable distribution of the goods of the earth, with your commitment to justice and a new human solidarity, you will help those around you to better understand how the Gospel leads us to God and at the same time to others. So, with your faith, you will contribute to uncovering the wellsprings of trust on earth.
Be full of hope. God bless you, your family and friends!

Greeting to the Holy Father by Brother Alois
Most Holy Father,Today a significant milestone in our “pilgrimage of trust on earth” is taking place. We have come from all over Europe and from other continents too, from various Church affiliations. What unites us is stronger than what divides us: one baptism and the same Word of God unite us. We have come here this evening to celebrate this unity around you, a unity which is real even if it is not yet fully realized. It is when we turn together towards Christ that it grows deeper.
Brother Roger left a legacy to our community—his desire to communicate the Gospel to young people in particular. He was deeply aware that the divisions between Christians are a barrier to handing on the faith. He opened paths of reconciliation that we have not yet finished exploring. Inspired by his testimony, there are very many people who want to anticipate reconciliation by their lives, to live already as people who are reconciled.Reconciled Christians can become witnesses to peace and communion, bearers of a new solidarity among human beings.

Seeking a personal relationship with God is the basis of this approach. This ecumenism of prayer does not encourage a facile tolerance. It promotes a mutual listening which is demanding, and a true dialogue.Praying here tonight, we cannot forget that the last letter written by Brother Roger, just before his violent death, was addressed to you, Holy Father, to tell you that our community wanted to walk in communion with you. Nor can we forget how, after his tragic death, your support was invaluable to encourage us to move forward. So I would like to express once again the deep affection of our hearts for your person and for your ministry.

Finally, I would like to bring the witness to hope of the many young Africans with whom we met a month ago at Kigali, Rwanda. They came from 35 countries, including Congo, North Kivu, to undertake a pilgrimage of reconciliation and peace. The great vitality of these young Christians is a promise for the future of the Church.These young Africans wanted us to bring back a sign of their hope, sorghum seeds, so that they could grow in Europe. Can I take the liberty, Holy Father, of giving you, from them, a small traditional Rwandan basket called “agaseke” with some of these seeds of hope from Africa? Perhaps they could be planted in the Vatican gardens and blossom there?

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Photo taken by Karl Michael Hila – Taize Permanent 2012
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