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Golden Jubilee of the Marist School of Kumamoto

14/12/2011: Japan

The Marist school of Kumamoto, Japan, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation on  8 October 2011. Bro Ramón Bereicua has just sent to Rome a report of all the activities organized for this great occasion.

On October 8th, splendid and unique events were held in Kumamoto to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Marist Kumamoto.

In the morning, special cultural performances were held in the Kumamoto Prefectural Theater and Concert Hall, sponsored by prominent old boys and attended by the whole school: a classic concert by the Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra and a Japanese Calligraphy lecture delivered by the famous artist Takeda Souun who is also an Old Boy. The cultural event was preceded by a prayerful Liturgy of the Word attended by distinguished guests, the governor of the prefecture, municipal authorities and representatives of many schools. In the midst of it all, I felt like being on Mount Tabor… DEO GRATIAS.

The School Board used the occasion to remodel and beautify the whole school, topping it all with a jewel of a chapel newly built and dedicated to our founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

In the evening, over 700 guests, including over four hundred Old Boys, gathered at the Kumamoto Castle Hotel for a succulent and delicious meal accompanied by lively music.

The Kumamoto Marist School is in good OB hands and the local Church is also deeply involved.

I am sure that in the year 2161, we will be able to watch from our celestial thrones in heaven a glittering and historical BICENTENNIAL.


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