Tercentenary Celebration of the Death of St. Louis de Montfort, in Gitega, Burundi.
To mark this great event of the Congregation, the Montfort Missionaries, the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, the Institute of the Militants of the Blessed Virgin, and the Associates (Friends of Montfort, Members of the Legion of Mary, Mary Queen of All Hearts Fraternity, etc) organized a Triduum in honor of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The event was held every afternoon, from 27 to 29 April 2016, in the Annunciation chapel of the Institute of the Militants of the Blessed Virgin.
Father Eugenio Cucchi, Superior of the Burundi Scholasticate, animated a time of reflection.
The theme, on the first day, was: “Father de Montfort, poor and friend of the poor”. Father Cucchi insisted on the meaning of poverty according to Montfort, and gave us good questions for our reflection: Who are our friends? What type of people do we like to visit? Are we really friends of the poor? Montfort loved to serve the poor, he was their priest.
The theme, on the second day, was: “Father of Montfort, Apostle of the Cross-Wisdom. Wisdom is the Cross, the Cross is Wisdom”.
The theme, on the third day, was: “Father de Montfort, Apostle of Mary. Essential truths concerning the devotion to the Blessed Virgin”. After a brief explanation concerning what true devotion to Mary really means, Father Cucchi helped us understand the great richness that we find in the writings of Father de Montfort and, especially, in “The Love of Eternal Wisdom”, which seems to be somewhat unknown here, in Burundi. Father Cucchi presented the four means to acquire divine Wisdom: an ardent desire (No. 181), a continuous prayer (No. 184), a universal mortification (No. 194), and a tender and true devotion to the Blessed Virgin (No. 203).
At the end ot the Triduum, on 30 April, a solemn Mass was held in the Christ-Roi Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Gitega. It was presided over by Rev. Bonaventure, Bishop of the diocese of Rutana, and it was followed by a moment of sharing and conviviality.
– Bro. Aimé Kamanda, s.m.m.