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From Rome, Dec. 7, 2018.
Happy feast of Mary Immaculate! The Virgin Mary is the Great Sign
The Virgin Mary is the Great Sign in the walk of the Church and of our congregation; she impels us and commits us to fight against any form of evil and opens us to joy and hope always. As a Community of the Missionary Congregation, we wish in this Solemnity of Mary Immaculate to commit ourselves to:
- Fight against all kinds of corruption, especially the spiritual corruption, which is like a comfortable blindness in which everything ends up appearing lawful.
- Make grow the culture of care, especially of the most vulnerable people, and work for the "never again" to all kinds of abuse; It should be noted that it is not only sexual abuse, but also of power and of conscience (although all are, deep down, abuses of power).
- Active participation in the path of conversion of the Church; fight against the silences, omission and negligence that favor or leave unpunished the abuses. Foster the culture of communion and transparency, which involves and makes possible the transformation from within the people of God and says no to clericalism.
- Recognize our sins and errors with penitential openness, reconciliation and reparation. Fasting, prayer, asking for forgiveness, to put ourselves before God and the brothers and always return again to the healing source of the Gospel.
In this way we join the path of the renewal of the Church.
Happy feast of Mary Immaculate!
Roma, December 1st. The course of Pastoral for Youth and Vocational Ministry has finished its sessions with the very positive evaluation.
To conclude this meeting, we had farewell words by the coordination team: Eleina Lombardi, MC Priscila Latela, RMI and Carlos Verga, cmf. Then the sisters Ana Bruscato, Provincial of Europe of the MCs and Jolanta Kafka, Superior General of the RMI, gave us very expressive messages.
We conclude with the Eucharist in thanksgiving for everything lived and shared as a Claretian Family. And as a sign, our brothers from North America who prepared the Mass, represented this meeting with a path that invites us to bring to others the wealth we carry in our hearts.
We appreciate the effort and all the dedication that the coordination team put into this task, which marks a path to be followed as a Claretian Family, and that invites us to do with others, because we believe that it is a richness of our missionary and apostolic charism. We ask our guide, San Antonio María, to orient this walking together.
At the end of the workshop the Claretian sisters participating in it gathered in general Curia to share on the paths and challenges to be faced in coming time.
Beginning of preparation for the principal festival fo the whole congregational family: Immaculate Conception of Mary. And the Advent is at the doors. How are we going to celebrate it? We have so many reasons to celebrate, as always, to thank, enjoy and recognize the path of our communities and works under the "sign of Mary". No one should be stranger to this Festival: children, youth, sisters, employees and volunteers, nor lose the opportunity to deepen its meaning in our today of the world and Church.
Keeping in special communion these days!
Juatuba (November 29, 2018, Belo Horizonte - Brazil). Conclusion of the accompaniment workshop for formators in the Claretian Family. Very intense days of work, reflection and practice lived in a fraternal and participatory atmosphere. These days have helped us to get closer to Claret's charismatic experience as a mentor and accompanied, and deepen the indications of the General Plan on formative accompaniment. A second block placed us close to the person of the formee: in search, from its complexity, from the model of humanity of Jesus Christ missionary.
After having tools to better understand the person accompanied, we focus on the person of the trainer, through various theories and practices learning the art of accompanying. We do not forget that this task is, above all, the work of the Spirit, which also implies a personal work of constant maturation in the formator himself.
We value of the cultural and charismatic diversity that we have shared these days. We have met 20 missionaries from three branches of the Claretian Family: twelve Claretian Missionaries: Jhon Aguirre, from Colombia-Venezuela; César Arias, from Eastern Colombia; Mauricio Borge and Rodolfo Morales, from Central America; Nilton Boni, Valentim De Carvalho and Antonio Ferreira, from Brazil; Francisco García, from Antillas; Eugene Gnansounou and Rolando Málaga, from Peru-Bolivia; and Steve Niskanen and José Sánchez, from the USA-Canada. Two Missionaries of San Antonio María Claret: Ivani Boloventa and Melania Buss, from Brazil. Three religious Claretian missionaries of Mary Immaculate: Pétronile Mutungidimbu, General Prefect of Formation; Cecilia Medina, from the Latin American province, and Betty Morales, from the Virgen de Guadalupe province. The animators of the Workshop were: Fr. Leo Dalmao, General Prefect of Formation; P. Carlos Sánchez, Director of the CESC-Vic; and Fr. Marcos Garnica, Provincial Prefect of Formation of Mexico.
We are grateful to our congregations for offering these spaces for our ongoing formation as missionary formators.
November 20, Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Organized by the general prefecture of formation the workshop for formators of America has begun with the theme ‘Accompaniment in the Claretian formation’. It is the continuation of the online course that lasted 10 weeks. 12 Claretians, three Sisters of Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionaries and two Missionaries of St. Anthony Mary Claret, accompanied by Claretians Leo Dalmao, General Prefect of Formation, Carlos Sanchez, of CESC de Vic and Marcos Garnica, Prefect of Formation of Mexico. Petronille, Cecilia and Betty greet us from this wonderful experience.