The Prado Institute today

The Prado, is the name of the spiritual family which has its origins in the grace received by Blessed Antoine Chevrier, diocesan priest of Lyon, on Christmas night 1856. This grace, sown by the Spirit in the Church, guides the lives of those who, like him, are called to live in close communion with Christ in order to know him, love him, follow him more closely and proclaim him to the poor.

The Association of the Priests of Prado

It is a " Secular clerical institute of pontifical right, governed by Church law for secular institutes "(Constitutions 6).  Its members are primarily diocesan priests. They exercise their ministry in their diocese and the bishop is always the one who gives the canonical mission. If we know that there are pradosians in a diocese, we can envisage that a mission to the poor, as well as to the geographical and human peripheries, is possible in order to carry out evangelisation in their midst! The aim is also to raise up poor apostles for the poor. Together with their confreres, priests seek a life of fraternity and sharing of life in the light of the Gospel.

The Institute also includes consecrated lay people. "They live the same vocation in the world, dedicating their whole lives to the Gospel and participating in the Church's task of evangelisation" (Constitution 6).

When a regional Prado is an erected Prado, it has the possibility of associating lay peoplemarried or single, who share the spirituality of Prado. In France, there is a proposal for permanent deaconsto become partners.

1. Father Armando Pasqualotto (Italy),
General Manager
2. Father Luc Lalire (France), First Assistant
3. Father Sergio Braga Dos Santos Neto (Brazil),
Second Assistant
Consultants :
4. Father Diego Martin Peñas (Spain)
5. Father Joseph Nikiema (Burkina Faso)
6. Father Damiano Meda (Italy)
7. Father Youssef Assaf (Lebanon)

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