The General Administration Council is gathered in Madrid (14-18 of February) in their annual encounter.
The habitual purpose of the summit is the study of the Budgets of the Entities and of the general administration. But in extraordinary way the members are evaluating the experience of past three years of service and deepening the implications of the XVII General Chapter on the field of administration and economy.
The importance of the economy was very much stressed in the last General Chapter as a basic dimension of community life and mission on which all Claretian Sisters should be aware of and formed. Keeping in mind always that the sustainability of the mission depends on three united aspects of life: our capacity of relationships, our fidelity to vocation and charism, and our administration of goods.
(around the table from left: Cristina Ruberte, Evelyn Velsaco, Lilia Montoya, Oscar Mary, Jolanta Kafka, Jose Manuel Arriaza, Lucyna Lejba)
After getting the news of the death of P. Joan Sidera CMF (Feb. 4th), the Claretian Missionaries, we gratefully remember his interest and all kind of help to preserve the historical and charismatic fidelity to our foundational origins.
Our sister Margarita Bordallo shares remembering: I had the joy of spending time with him in the archive of CESC in Vic.
The Claretian Missionaries we were preparing the publication of the epistolary correspondence between Father Anthony Ma Claret and Mother Maria Antonia Paris and I was asked to go to the archives to document the data. Fr. Sidera put at my disposal everything in the archives. He helped me in the search for letters and documentation on the relationship between the two Founders. His mind was lucid; I remember him as a wise man who taught beyond his knowledge, who spoke from his deep and profoundly spiritual life.
I thank the Lord for having known him and for what I learned from him during those days, but above all I carry the imprint of a Claretian Missionary of great humanity and a big heart. He enjoys now in the Peace of the Lord.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1, 5).
The Holy Mother Church celebrates the day of the consecrated men and women on 2nd of February every year. On this special day the whole Congregation devotionally renew the religious vows. The Congregation and the South Asian Delegation has been renewed by the first profession of Shanthi Michael, Dayola Jesuthasan, Vigini Savarimuththu and Jeyanayagi Sebamalai as new members to follow Christ in the lifestyle of Paris and Claret. On 2nd of February 2018 at 10.30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kottapitiya-Chilaw, Sri Lanka our four novices made religious profession in the hands of Rani Michael in witness of their families, sisters, and God’s people gathered there. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Fr. Rex Constantine cmf. We welcome them with great joy and hope. We wish them all the best and happy journey in Religious life.
Febbruary 2nd - Feast in which we celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple ...
Very old tradition in the East, called "hypapante" - ENCOUNTER ... between Jesus, María, José, Symeon, Anna... 'Light' that comes in front of the darkness, the 'Glory' among humans.
How nice to celebrate on this day the vocation of the CONSACRATE persons, who have made of their life an Encounter in the path of faith .... A constant encounter and search for God, an encounter and service with the brothers and sisters, a personal encounter and a strive for faithfulness. We are invited to be consecrated persons, people of Encounter, because this gift has been given to us. And may our communities be too, places of welcome, of share! As Claretian sisters, we are renewing too to live out the poverty of Jesus, the love of Jesus, the obedience of Jesus in missionary service.