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Yesterday, October 24, we celebrated the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, our Founder, together with members of the various branches of the Claretian Family here in Rome.
The celebration began with the Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Heart of Mary presided over by Superior General Mathew Vattamattam and concelebrated by many Claretians who are here in Rome.
Also Jolanta, our Superior General, intervened with words about the life and spirit of Claret, those who " cannot be understood without knowing the fire of Christ’s love that dwelt in his heart", and which was translated into his love for the Church, for the poor, for the Word of God. Claret " together with his charism he gave us a universal family with the same objective of proclaiming the Good News to all" and that same love for God.
The celebration continued with the inauguration of the "Claret Chapel Museum" where there are many objects related to the life of the Saint and an image of Mary, to which Claret consecrated his heart, which seems to embrace us and invite us to stop and pause to pray.
The celebration ended with a moment of fraternal agape renewing the joy and commitment of wanting to be missionaries like Claret.
Enjoying the beauty of the Claretian Charism, a free gift of the Spirit, we celebrate the feast of our Father Founder San Antonio Maria Claret in communion with the entire CLARETIAN FAMILY.
As we share, in different ways, in the richness of his missionary and apostolic charism, our desire is to let his same passion invade us, in translating into daily life the love of God, of Mary and of our neighbor.
Baptized and sent! CONSECRATED than SENT!
Lord and our Father
May I know you and make you know
May I love you and make you love
May I serve you and make you serve
May I praise you and make you praise….
We are beginning the year of anniversary that will be concluded on October 24 of 2020, celebrating 150th anniversary of the death of Claret.
From 17th to 19th October, Priscilla, General Prefect of Apostolic Mission and Miriam, co-worker of the general team, participated in two workshops organized by MMI and UISG: "Women’s voice in the Church" and "On fire with Communications".
The speaker was Sister Annmarie Sanders, communications director of LCWR and many sisters from different Congregations participated.
These workshops dealt with very interesting topics on communication for religious life: the importance of cultivating curiosity, seeking beauty so that it may guide us, savoring awe, etc... to be able to transmit all this to others.
Yes, Communicating is mission, but we always have to be careful about the risks.
The meetings were not only theoretical but also practical and sharing our experiences, needs/concerns and thoughts was enriching for everyone.
We understood that communicating is something very important not only to explain what we do but to transmit who we are, because
our work should not be confused with our vocation.
(Rome October 20,19) Our Lord does not ask anything new in these times to lift up his Church, but he does ask with great insistence and almost impatient, the renewal of his love in the Gospel, and because of this he wants us to be called Apostolic Missionaries; because the Apostles wrote it as taken from the holy mouth of their Master. This then is the divine Rule that God orders be taught to the young missionaries. (Cf. Maria Antonia Paris, Plan of Renewal of the Church)
Joining the Church it her celebration of the world day of mission. By renewing the vocation of evangelizers we our commitment too, in contributing with joy that Christ may be known and loved by all people.
On October 14th, 2019 in Kimwenza, Father Gode Manunga, Society of Divine Word, National Director of the PMSs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, came to give us a missionary formation related to this extraordinary missionary month, under the theme, “BAPTIZED AND SENT: the Church of Christ on mission in the world”.
The formation course began after the opening speech by Sr. Claudine Obuna, coordinator of the Kimwenza Inter-Novitiate. It was attended by novices and formators from 10 congregations.
The meeting was divided into 3 parts. In the first part, the history of the PMSs was thoroughly examined. In the second part we reflected on the meaning of the word “extraordinary missionary month” for this year 2019. It has been a great opportunity to encourage us to be missionaries, “Not notaries of faith” as Pope Francis said during the homely for the beginning of the missionary month. In the third part we reflected on how we will live the mission after the extraordinary missionary month and on concrete practical solutions for each community.
The day ended with the prayer of the missionary rosary and a song of sending on mission. Claudine OBUNA, RMI