By Roselì and Armando Tortelli
The youth were the protagonists of this congress, being in the front line since its preparations, helping to choose the title and topics of the congress. It has been the result of true teamwork, involving the four EoC commissions present in Southern Brazil. These are the new elements of this congress, which took place at Arnold Mariapolis Center, São Leopoldo, in Rio Grande del Sul.
There were 116 present from 27 cities: students, professionals, entrepreneurs, those helped by the project, and scholars. Even if the congress was theoretically geared towards those already involved in the project, there were about a dozen who had come for the first time. Listening again to Chiara Lubich's talk when she launched the EoC in 1991 and the one she gave in Strasburg in 2001 was like reliving the explosion of a new "bomb", resulting in enthusiasm, light, hope... and conversion.
Various experts, this time all young, addressed the main topics of the congress. Maria Helena Fonseca Faller spoke about "The yes of men and women to an inspiration for humanity: 20 years of the EoC", highlighting the growth and maturation of the EoC in these 20 years. Cristina Botti de Souza Rossetto spoke about "The poor and the EoC: projects and development". Ana Amélia Nerone Araujo shared her scientific research experience on EoC and Law. Finally, Armando and Roseli Tortelli and Mauricio Serafim gave a very dynamic presentation on the "Profile of the EoC Entrepreneur". The program also included dialogue about the Spartaco Business Park and ESPRI, the association that manages it.
There were many contributions by EoC protagonists: the poor, entrepreneurs and employees. Here are a few:
Mayara Turatto, after describing the difficult conditions in which her family lives and the enormous difficulty she had in paying tuition for a university degree in Business Administration, said, "With the Economy of Communion project, I have better conditions to study, and knowing that I will be able to finish my studies gives me a lot of motivation. I thank God a lot, and the EoC project, which I know counts on me to offer more quality of life to my family".
"In these ten years, I realize that the ethical values that I'm trying to live, in contact with each client or collaborator, is the most gratifying thing in carrying out my job," said Eliane Vergani of Tulipano, a business that produces pajamas. She continued by sharing an experience lived with a client and another with her sister who wanted to join the business. Through the experiences, Eliane confirmed that "it is worth it."
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