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The vocation of the European Schools is to provide a multilingual and multicultural education to children in the nursery, primary and secondary cycles. This noble vocation has returned with a vengeance this September in the 6 establishments of the Brussels European Schools: Brussels I in Uccle and Berkendael, Brussels II in Woluwe and Evere, Brussels III in Ixelles, Brussels IV in Laeken. We, the Catholic religion teachers, have also relaunched our activities, now with Father Dalibor Renić, the new president of the Conference of European Jesuit Provincials.

 

We are a community

Every year, the new school year for Catholic religion teachers in the European Schools of Brussels begins with a plenary assembly to which the teachers are invited to exchange ideas and plan joint activities.  The assembly took place in the Chapelle de l'Europe, the emblematic place where teachers' meetings and gatherings are usually held.

We pray together

The traditional back-to-school Mass on the first Saturday in October marked the start of the school year for the pupils of the Brussels European Schools, as well as for their parents, the first and foremost educators of their children's faith, whom we accompany in their responsibility to pass on the faith. This significant event took place at the Church of Notre Dame des Grâces du Chant d'Oiseau in Woluwé-Saint-Pierre, attracting more than 550 pupils of all ages and their parents. It was a celebration marked by dynamism and communion.

 Forming together

At the first meeting at the Foyer Catholique Européen on Tuesday 24 October, the teachers had the honour of meeting Father Dalibor Renić. This opportunity led to fruitful exchanges and enriching presentations, laying the foundations for a promising collaboration.

Spirituality took on its full meaning at the first teachers' retreat of the year, held at the Benedictine nuns in Rixensart. From Saturday 18 to Sunday 19, sixteen teachers had the privilege of benefiting from Father Dalibor's teachings on the experience of God and prayer. The programme, balanced between teaching, personal meditation and group discussions, encouraged in-depth reflection.

Eucharists together and vespers sung with the sisters helped to strengthen the spiritual bond. The convivial evening over a Belgian Trappist beer was an opportunity to draw up projects for the team and for the teaching of religion in the ES, sealing moments of sharing and conviviality between the teachers.

Our work is a forest that grows without making a sound - according to Pope Francis, who uses this ecological comparison to highlight the sincere efforts of the people who, every day, devote themselves with honesty and dedication to the service of young people. This spiritual reopening promises a year rich in learning and exchange, in which faith and community will play a central role in the educational life of the European Schools in Brussels.

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