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Days 17 – 21 of December the first formation gathering of local superiors of East Asian Province is hold in Takatsuki. The sessions are dedicated for the information and formation in order to continue to strengthen the communities and unify criteria of life and mission.
All communities (9) are represented and work together with the Council of the Province.
The community of the Ichihara Preschool Center (Japan) has turned 50! The celebration of the anniversary began with the Eucharist in our chapel as a thanksgiving presided by Father Abella cmf concelebrating Fr. Umezaki cmf and the parish priest of Ichihara, Fr Kato. There were participating our teachers and workers that attend children extra time, and of course our sisters of the three houses: Takatsuki, Kurashiki and Ichihara, along with some of the parish's Christians. After we had a joyful agape time in a very warm atmosphere with many people who have come from different parts to share this event. Let us give thanks to God for all that we have received in these 50 years and for the goodness we have sown; and we ask Him to continue to guide us on this platform of Evangelization.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, full of experiences in all of our communities and apostolic centers resounds in us. Encounters on the intercommunity levels, opportunities to strengthen our family and share the presence of Mary Immaculate in our missionary life. Especial events of renewals and professions took place in Quezon City (profession of Jiseon Lee (Lucia) from South Korea, Tran Thi Huong (Mary) and Tran Thi Oanh, (Mary) from Vietnam; in Sri Lanka profession of Elasta Francis; renewals of Ivette in USA and Romezee Maryiathas in India. And in Quezon City: the beginning of the novitiate of Liliana Maria Ribeiro from East Timor.
In the general curia, with the presence of Card. Fernando Sebastian, the celebration summed our communities in Rome and representatives of the Claretian Family: Claretina Missionaries, Sisters of Claretian Institute, and Missionaries of S. Anthony M Claret, and our neighbors, Franciscans of the Poor.
A wonderful day to celebrate, under the protection of Mary, the fidelity of God, and entrust Her the preparation of the coming XVII General Chapter.
In the eve of the Celebration we are feeling so close to all the
communities, collaborators, students, women, adults and children… all over the world…
Wishing us to never finish the walk of discipleship, like Mary, and never end to get up and move forward where the needs are calling us.
Remembering our beginnings, so connected to the Celebration of Immaculate Conception, we are aware of the missionary paths still before us.
Today also we welcome the Reflection of María Soledad on the unity of Action and Contemplation in our Claretian life.
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“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (Ps 126)
With these words the community of Owerri (Nigeria) has celebrated the inauguration - blessing of the house, built with the effort of the whole Congregation. We have been in Owerri since December 2008. During all these years Claretian missionaries have left us for the use of a part of their house, from where the sisters have been spreading and carrying the mission until today in different fields: catechesis, education and health .
The blessing of the house, in the presence of Archbishop Anthony Obinna, accompanied by the Provincial Symeon Nwobi cmf, several Claretians and Cathy Tulengi the provincial superior of Africa, has been an opportunity, as they report, to share, to thank the Providence manifested in these years of construction and to continue working for the community as a home of welcoming, of prayer, of simple and missionary fraternity.
To the Claretian Fathers of Eastern Province special thanks for the long "neighborhood" and support, which does not end despite of the distance of living.