Antananarivo: Pilgrimage to Manantenasoa

On Sunday, May 1st, Labor Day, we Lasallians of Antananarivo went for pilgrimage to the grotto of the Holy Family, in Manantenasoa (which literally means ‘Good Hope’), a village founded by a Lazarist Priest, Father Pedro OPEKA for unprivileged families, 15 km away fro Frenchm the city center. More than 200 people: Brothers, Sisters, Teachers and students of Lasallian schools including those of Centre Social de Promotion Féminine of Anosibe held by the Signum Fidei, those of De La Salle Infocentre Institute, Postulants of De La Salle Brothers and those of the Guadalupana De La Salle Sisters took part in this pilgrimage. Brother Mamy Rabarone, Visitor of the District and the Delegate of the Guadalupana Sisters accompanied by a good number of Sisters were also present.

Throughout this pilgrimage, reflection, dialogue and prayer were centered on the theme of World Youth Day for this year: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Before the celebration of the Eucharist, the Lasallian Missionary Children (Enfants Missionnaires Lasalliens) presented in a very successful play, the parable of the prodigal child. Note that the said celebration was led by a former student of Lycée Saint Louis de Gonzague in Ambositra, one of the oldest Lasallian schools in the Island. Fraternal sharing concluded this beautiful and festive pilgrimage.

Br. Sala Joan Coll