C o m m u n i t i e s o f J e r u s a l e m

Questions for brother Pierre-Marie

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Personal background
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The Jerusalem Community: a calling, an intuition
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The founding years
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The spirituality of the Jerusalem Community
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A place, a mission within the Church
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A "new community"??
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Lay people and the Jerusalem Community"
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In the heart of the city,
at the heart of the world
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The name "Jerusalem"
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Some figures

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A few figures, to wrap up. How many of you are there? How many people do you touch, directly or indirectly, through your liturgy, retreats and pilgrimages?

Overall, our monastic and apostolic communities, including postulants, count almost 200 people of 30 nationalities.  We have about a thousand lay people in the 20 or so lay communities (of which the largest is the Evangelical fraternity), each one living at their own rhythm while respecting professional, societal or familial obligations, but still as a part of the Jerusalem family.

As for how many people we touch, it's always difficult and risky to say, for only God knows what touches a soul.  But concretely, 300,000 people come to St. Gervais per year; 800,000 pass through Vézelay; three million go to Mont-St-Michel... Every day, the Catholic television station KTO broadcasts the liturgy at St. Gervais.  Two guesthouses, Magdala in Sologne and Gamogna (11th century) near Florence in the Apenines, propose retreats and a place for solitude.  But only God knows who is touched in what way.  What is sure is that we are indeed touched by all those who support us and keep us in their prayers. 

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