Here is a little text that Father Stan Rougier published about Fondacio !
Baden Powell had founded a movement that spread in a century in all countries of the world. He wanted to help young people to find an ideal and to commit themselves effectively to the service of others. His insights all came from the Bible.
A new movement was born 50 years ago, " Fondacio". I was a witness to its birth. I accompanied its first steps in Assisi. Under its leadership, I led reflection weekends, camps, retreats, conferences... I want to believe that this movement has a future. The message is vital:
In the Bible, to a people of slaves, God says "You are princes." He entrusts them with a charter:
"You shall begin with respect, You shall reach out to the person who is suffering. What you do for the unfortunate, you do to Me. "
Fondacio seems to me to be a breeding ground for vocations for I believe that Fondacio can be a source of vocations for the growth of a world that is more united and more beautiful.
The interest of my presence, at the age of 90, evokes for me the story of the old man Simeon. I would be happy to contribute more to the development of this type of adventure. I may have some time left to live. I would like to participate in the orientation of works of this scope which seem to me to be full of promise the transmission of the most vital values for the youth.
In my younger years, the books "Étoile au grand large" and "Citadelle" were for me essential sources of spiritual awakening.
The transformation of the world through the transformation of oneself is indeed the ideal that Fondacio has set for itself. The Pope, with his encyclical "Laudato Si" proposes some very important actions. "Seeker of meaning", "author of change"... this is indeed the ideal that inhabits me. More and more. In the Bible there are long genealogies that are very tedious to read but they tell us the importance of transmission.
Good can only advance on this planet through human links. Inviting young people to take their place in the repair of this world has been my concern all my life, since I was 20 years old.
I owe this to 2 priests who knew how to put the Word of God within reach of my conscience. The role of the years to come, as far as I am concerned, is to want to be faithful to what they have done for me.
Working for others gives us a euphoria that leads us to a messianic vibration. Jesus Christ is rising through our lives. "