The Taizé Community will celebrate 100 years since the birth of its founder, Brother Roger Schütz, with an all-day event at Wesley Uniting Church, in Melbourne, on 7 February. The visit is part of a worldwide pilgrimage by community members.
The community is an ecumenical monastic order located in Taizé, France.
About one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions, from 30 countries, make up the community.
A reformed Protestant from Switzerland, Brother Roger founded the community in 1940 with the aim of helping people in need of a place of safety during World War II.
The brothers of the community live solely by their work. They do not accept donations and personal inheritances are given to the poor.
The community has become an important site of Christian pilgrimage attracting more than 100,000 young people a year for prayer, Bible study, sharing and communal work.
Pilgrims are encouraged to follow the community creed of living in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
This year also marks 10 years since the death of Brother Roger, at the hands of a mentally ill killer.
Brother Alois, Brother Roger’s successor as Prior of the community, is nearing the end of a worldwide pilgrimage begun in 2012 with the visits to Australia and New Zealand this month among the final stages.
The gatherings are especially aimed at young adults aged between 18 and 35 years old, although the times of worship are open for all.
Moderator Dan Wootton will be running a workshop at the Taizé Young Adult Pilgrimage on the Desert Fathers.