|Project:||CRUÏLLA, which in Spanish means crossroads: a place where many paths meet|
|Date of foundation:||1984|
|Place:||Barcelona - Spain|
|Province:||Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona (SBA)|
Meridiana city is an outer suburb of the big city of Barcelona. A suburb that came about from immigrants right across Spain in the ‘60’s. A suburb that struggles today to integrate the different cultures in it made up of groups from South America, and from some Central European, African and Asian countries.
The Salesian presence in this district goes back to 1966 when the parish of St. Bernard de Claravall opened, coinciding with the construction of the first apartment blocks.
At the beginning the parish buildings were just huts. Salesian Don Rómulo Piñol (Rector for 16 years), sought to give the parish dignity by building the church and some simple rooms so that for many people of the area the parish became the unifying element. Many from the area helped out in its construction by means of activities like tómbolas, raffles, excursions...
The mission of the Work.
The year 1984 saw the number of Salesians increase, and with a good group of young lay teachers they sought to become even more part of the district and to respond to the human and Christian needs presenting themselves, especially in the case of youngsters, adolescents and older youth of Meridiana City. With time, this became a new youth experience that is called CRUÏLLA and that brings together a range of things.
The activities The response in the area of children and youg people of both sexes is marked by three activities, differenciated by age and purpose:
The first of the projects has the support of the EXIT Foundation with economic support and the possibility of relationships with bodies who can help with later insertion into the workforce.
The UEC like the OPEN CENTRE also have assistance from the Cataluna Local Government.
Director of the Work: Two Salesians, one of whom, Antonio Parrilla, is a Salesiano Brother who oversees direction of all three projects.
|Address:||Centre CRÜILLA. C/ Pedraforca, 2
|Tel:||93. 359 55 76|