PEP/Fra – Sector France: News from the Billère Community

From the Mini-lien of the French sector, a return to the month of May in Pau-Billère.

Community of Billère Lavigerie :

In May “do as you please” in Billère… (“Fais ce qu’il te plaît” : French proverb)

Several confreres’ outings this month: the first week, a 1800km trip in the Var with a team of Lourdes hospital workers – our photographer made for us a small souvenir image.

On the 19th, at Tournay Abbey, with the Pastoral Care Center for Migrants, and in particular with about a hundred Iraqis and their children (who speak among themselves in Aramaic), we celebrated together the 150 years of the W.F.

On the 8th, of course, we celebrated the martyrs of Algeria with a Eucharist in our little chapel corner; next year we will have our large room on the 3rd floor to celebrate…

The work is nearing completion and the director of Fed’Es, Mr. Didier Debrand, came on the 12th, to announce that he would take over the management of the house himself until all the people from the two EHPAD’s1 were installed.

1 EHPAD means “Etablissement d’Hébergement pour Personnes Agées Dépendantes” (Accommodation establishment for dependent elderly people).  In France, even though the buildings for the Old Folks communities still belong to the Missionaries of Africa, their management is entrusted to an association. Details can be obtained from the Sector house in verlomme.

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