ÉTUDIANTS CATHOLIQUES À TOULOUSE

How did you hear about the group “Frats de Saint Jean”?

A friend sent me a text about it!

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The times of silence and, most particularly, the teachings.

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It makes it much easier to meet groups, and it’s also a moment to let yourself be taught through things you discover and people you meet!

Igor, 21 years old, student of psychology in work and organizations.

How did you hear about the Messe Qui Prend Son Temps?

I had heard of it through the Mouvement Catholique des Cadres (MCC), but it was while leaving a concert at Saint Sernin that I saw the poster for the Open Church Festival, which made up my mind about coming back....it was sort of a jolting reminder after having tried it once but without much fervor.

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The teaching! The prayer, and the fellowship!

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It’s not bad : I remember really having a hard time trying to find a young people’s movement when I came to Toulouse in 2003…

Bernadette, 31 years old, young professional.

How did you hear about the group of the Croix Glorieuse?

I found out about it online.

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The human scale of the prayer group, everyone’s sincerity, the fact that when we are together, we are stronger than when we pray alone. And the teachings!

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It makes me think I’m hallucinating! I had no idea this type of festival existed. It’s brilliant, it’s finally the time to brush off the image that people have of the Church!

Didier, 31 years old, Young professional

How did you hear about the A.C.A.T?

Coming out of Mass at the Dominicans, someone spoke to me about it informally.

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The sensitivity to human distress. The ecumenical dimension also really appealed to me,

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It’s interesting! Will we meet here in the same spot next year?

Monique

How did you hear about the group you went to?

When I was coming back to school, the Student Parish organizes a festival attractively named “Open Church”, and it presents all of the activities, groups, and charisms imaginable in the Catholic landscape, but there was a problem : I’m in a preparatory literature class, and I have more work on top of that, so I was practically coming back to a year of slavery before taking a test that seemed impossible...which is to say, I wasn’t there to have fun. What to do? Since the work of the state is always, everyone knows, supposed to be our first priority. After reflection, I decided I should go to a few evenings of the festival, since how are you supposed to keep going without daily nourishment (prayer, formation, sharing, testimonies…) throughout a student life that is so consuming and demanding? Too bad (or all the better, in the end) for my work and my friends.

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

I went to an evening of adoration at the seminary, to the Taize prayer vigil, and to the Israeli dances.

As Benedict XVI says, adoration is not a luxury but an urgent necessity (including for us students). Indeed, such immediate contact with Jesus in the Host makes us burn with love! What’s more, it seems important to me that we come get involved with the prayer of seminarians, in this hour when the vineyard of Toulouse (and of France) is so sorely lacking in workers!

In school (lycée) I went to Taize a few times, and it’s a place that really struck me through its simplicity and its silence, above all, that breaks the ordinary routine of the world… It’s also good to remind ourselves that we are never alone (even when sitting at a desk at 4 in the morning), and that a great universal prayer is in existence, that of the Church, and it supports us permanently without us even realizing!

Finally, seeing as I love to dance, and having tried it a bit at (Saint Pierre) during another evening, I really wanted to learn these Israeli dances sometime, since we can (and we must) witness also with our bodies!

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It seems to me to be particularly appropriate for our ecclesiastical and social context : this festival is open, rich in charity, loyal to the Faith, in one word, a symbol of Hope in the middle of world that is so missing it! We must not fail to renew it. :)

Edouard, 20 years old, student in preparatory literature.

How did you hear about the vigil at the Seminary?

Through the Student Parish of Toulouse’s website.

What attracts you to these vigils?

All of the vigil : I’m happy I came (and I plan to come back next time!)

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

I heard about it by word of mouth, and it gave me the opportunity to discover the Seminary : I really liked it!
Anne, student at the Université Paul Sabatier

How did you hear about the group “El Shaddaï”?

I heard about this group through Balma’s prayer group, with the Communauté de l'Olivier. He knew the old group - “le Fleuve” - and I did some research on the internet based on that information.

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The joyful praise, and the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed during prayer.

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It’s a very good initiative. I didn’t know about the festival, and I discovered it this year. It permits an opening of all of the prayer groups, as well as the sharing of fellowship.

Pierre-Yves, 24 years old, student of biology

How did you hear about the group “Notre Dame de Vie?”

I’ve known about Notre Dame de Vie since I was in secondary school (since members of the Institut Séculier de Notre Dame de Vie were teachers in my school and led the chaplaincy). I was involved with a few activities that the Institut organised (WYD in Rome, Easter retreat). I was contacted by the prayer group’s leader in 2002. I haven’t left since!

What about the spirituality of the group appeals to you?

The teachings, which allow me to enrich my spiritual life. Silent prayer that prolongs the teachings and is really the spiritual base of the groupe. The great atmosphere and friendships that have developed over the years.

What do you think of the Open Church Festival as an initiative?

It’s a super initiative! This festival widens our spiritual horizons and helps us to meet new people!

Anne-Sophie, 27 years old, Young professional

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