|Begin as a Group That Helped Street Children
VATICAN CITY, 18 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the Missionary Contemplative Movement "P.
de Foucauld" which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official name: Missionary Contemplative Movement "P. de Foucauld"
Also known as: Centro Missionario "P. de Foucauld"
History: The movement has its origins in a community to help street
children founded in Cuneo as "Boys' Town" by Father Andrea Gasparino in
the 1950s. The diocesan authorities issued their first approval in 1983.
On June 14, 1990, the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree
recognizing the Movimento Contemplativo Missionario "P. de Foucauld" as
an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The purpose of the movement is contemplation in serving the
poor, and is made up of fraternities whose members, men and women, live
the contemplative dimension in the form of small monastic communities
among the poor, with whom they share their lives, to be a sign of God's
love among them, and to bring the love of Christ and the gift of prayer
The brothers and sisters receive their formation through a trial period
lasting two years preparing them for their vows. Before they are sent to
missions in the Third World, the consecrated members undergo a further
six-year formation period.
Organization: The movement is governed by an executive council made up
of two brothers and three sisters. In addition to the consecrated
members, there are also the fraternity of families, friends and
Membership: The movement comprises 40 fraternities and is present in 11
countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Works: The movement manages canteens for the poor in Madagascar,
Ethiopia, Kenya and Bangladesh; a workshop to train people to produce
jute articles in Bangladesh; and people's schools and sewing schools.
Publications: Lettere dalle missioni, published every two months
Web site: www.centromissionario.org
Movimento Contemplativo Missionario "P. de Foucauld"
Corso Francia, 129
12100 Cuneo - Italy
Tel. (39) 0171-491-263
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]