Cenacle Community Opens 1st House in Spain

Italian Association Works to Rehabilitate Drug Addicts

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BARCELONA, Spain, JULY 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Comunità Cenacolo (the Cenacle Community), which works for the rehabilitation of drug addicts, is opening its first center in Spain.

Bishop Josep Ángel Sáiz Meneses of Terrassa presided over a Mass on July 2 at the parish of Fogars de Monclus, where the center is located in the rectory.

The center has received 12 residents for now.

In his homily, the bishop spoke about the pillars of the Cenacle Community: prayer, work and friendship, and thanked them for their presence in the diocese.

He also referred to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the feast of the day, highlighting the steadfast fidelity of the Virgin Mary and her generous response to God’s call.

Like the Virgin, he added, Christians must remain firm in the midst of difficulties and with a profound sense of service.

The Cenacle Community is an international association founded in Italy by Sister Elvira Petrozzi in 1983.

It has more than 50 communities around the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, France, England, Ireland, Russia and Slovakia.

The Cenacle Community lives in fraternal life, dedicated to manual work and prayer, with the support of volunteers and professionals and the help of other persons who have gone through the rehabilitation process.

The community’s motherhouse is in Saluzzo, in northwestern Italy.

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For more information:

Cenacle Community (in America): www.comunitacenacolo.org/index.php

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