It all began at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where several French students were studying with a Dominican Priest and professor of philosophy, Father Marie Dominique Philippe.

Some of the students, wanting to totally consecrate their lives to Christ, asked Fr. Philippe to be their spiritual director. During the summer of 1975, five of these students decided to meet regularly with Father Mossu, a priest from the diocese of Versailles (France). He was one of Fr. Philippe’s former students and had been authorised by his bishop to return to Fribourg to undertake studies in view of a doctorate theology. The students then began to live a communal life with a rather extraordinary schedule for students:rising at 5:30 am., one hour of silent prayer in community, morning prayer, and then mass… It was a good start to the day! During this period Fr. Philippe continued to live with his Dominican confreres. He was very busy ith his teaching responsibilities and he only came…

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