It had been 24 hours of feverish and emotional activity. A much larger turnout than expected took place on October 2, 2021, when Bolivian Associates held an ‘encuentro’ inviting former students of the Colegio San Francisco Xavier who are interested in maintaining their relationship with the spirit of the Brothers and with one another. 62 people traveled to Carmen Pampa for the uplifting event where many memories of the Brothers were shared and friendships renewed.

“It was very emotional to listen to the first four students of the school: Gastón Valencia, Severo Chambi, Jorge Monje and Rubén Peralta,” said Andres Pardo. “All students agreed how fortunate they were to receive a solid human and academic training at school. Everyone thanked the Brothers for having trained them above all with good principles and values.”

A remembrance of the origins of the school was held the first day. Many were recognized in an explanation of photographs exhibited by Edgar Bonilla. A liturgy was held to remember all Brothers who were in Carmen Pampa and have passed away, as well as students, teachers and those who worked at the school.

A WhatsApp group was formed for the event with the idea that those interested in becoming Xaverian Associates can communicate prior to an acceptance ceremony for new members. The encuentro was a very uplifting and moving event. Associates were thanked, especially Andres Pardo, Edgar Bonilla and Lionel Vidal who made the weekend special for so many. As a result, numerous attendees asked for applications to join the Bolivian Associate Program.

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