GECO is the Italian name given to European youth with a desire to share the Oblate charism. Every two years they reunite in Aix-en-Provence to follow in the steps of Saint Eugene de Mazenod and discover in more depth the spirituality of the Oblates.
This year they have come from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and France. These young people, despite their linguistic and cultural differences have a common desire to live out their Christian faith alongside the Oblates.
The programme of this year’s GECO included visits of Aix and Marseille with conferences on the life of the Oblate founder with the daily rhythm marked by prayers and fraternal encounters. The celebration of the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was a beautiful occasion for the youth to meet friends of the Oblates of the town of Aix.
Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI