“With great joy I address you and all the Piarist brothers on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Pious Schools as a Religious Congregation and of the 250th anniversary of the canonization of St. Joseph Calasanz.”

Pope Francis opens his letter to the Piarist Fathers with this expression of joy. The letter is dated on November 27, 2016, the day in which started the Jubilee Year. “I hope you will remember what you are and what you are called to be” the Pope states. It’s not only the memory of the past, but also a guide to the future.

Speaking about the identity of our Order and an essential note for the consecrated life, Pope Francis makes reference to the “abasement”. “Being Piarist is being, by definition, a person in a low state, a small one that can be identified with the small, a poor with the poor.” The reference is always the abasement of Jesus.

The Pope closes his letter with these words:

“I entrust all of you, the Order, the Calasanctian Family and the Piarist Fraternities to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose name the Order of the Pious Schools bears. Mary, who was the first teacher of Jesus, is your model and protection to continue carrying out your mission, accompanying the little ones towards the Kingdom of God.”

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