CLC leader to speak at Our Lady of Lourdes

  • May 22, 2007
TORONTO — The sodalities of Our Lady which Jesuits earnestly planted in parishes and Catholic schools all around the world never died. The sodalities had dominated 19th- and early 20th-century Catholic piety. They re-emerged in 1953 as the Christian Life Community, or CLC.
Active in 60 countries, the CLC is one of the largest and oldest official Catholic lay movements in the church. The small circles of prayer and reflection adapt the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola to the practical circumstances of people’s every day lives. They offer the opportunity to share faith and deepen prayer.

In some cases they do much more than talk. In Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa near downtown Nairobi, Kenya, a Christian Life Community started a high school for AIDS orphans — St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School.

The president of the World CVX-CLC will be at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in downtown Toronto June 2. Visiting from Germany, Daniela Frank will be available for questions at a reception after the 5:15 p.m. Mass.

The CVX part of the movement’s official name accommodates both French and Spanish speakers. In Spanish the movement is called Comunidad de Vida Cristiana, and in French it is Communauté de Vie Chrétienne.

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