LA VALLA FRATERNITY 2019 - 2020
The heart that knows no bounds
Br. Patrik BWALYAAnimator - ZAMBIA
La Valla is a small village in the countryside of France. Marcellin Champagnat started his ministry in this village as an assistant parish priest on August 13th of the year 1816. The parish was located in the steep slopes of Mount Pilat down the river of Gier. Lavalla had a rural population of about 2,000 people whose means of sustenance was agriculture.
Marcellin Champagnat prayed and trusted in Divine providence and in the intervention of Mother Mary Our Good Mother. God answered his prayers by sending him two young men who served as the foundation members of his new society. The arrival of these two candidates (Jean M. Granjon and J.B Audras) gave rise to the acquisition of a small old house, which served as the community of the new members of the society.
Lavalla house was renovated on the 2nd of January 1817, the young men packed into their new abode. This marked the birth of the institute of the Little Brothers of Mary. The Marist brothers all over the world celebrate this occasion on the 2nd of January each year. The life of the first two Brothers was characterized by poverty and simplicity. Lavalla fraternity in MIC (Marist International Centre) brings to focus on the cradle of the institute. It reminds us of what we members should be: simple men imbued with the spirit of hard work, apostolic zeal and complete trust in Divine Providence and on Mary.
Presence, simplicity and love of work
Br. Andry NIAINA3rd Year - MADAGASCAR
Br. David KALOMOO3rd Year - DRC
Br. Peter GEGE1st Year - NIGERIA
Br. NDIM Gilbert3rd Year - CAMEROON
Br. Ignace MBARURAMYEBIKORIMANA2nd Year - RWANDA
Br. Anderson KAFATSA2nd Year - MALAWI
Br. HABIB WIYSENYUY4th - CAMEROON
Fr. Vito CHIBWEGU3rd Year - ZAMBIA
Br. Bartholomew OBOH1st Year - NIGERIA
Br. Victor OGUDA4th Year - NIGERIA
Br. Yob MATTHIAS4 th Year - MALAWI
Br. Gideon BOROGO2 nd Year - NIGERIA
Br. Franklin OKECHUKWU2 nd Year - NIGERIA
Br. Innocencio AGOSTINHO1 st Year - MOZAMBIQUE
Br. Leonard BUHVEN1 st Year - CAMEROON