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HE CLARETIAN FAMILY WENT, SOLD, SHARED, AND FOLLOWED CHRIST IN SOLIDARITY IN EAST TIMOR: AEYG 2019 + CF CELEBRATED
Dili, East Timor. Aware of the realities and challenges of East and Southeast Asia, the Claretian Family gathered once again, celebrating as a family the Asian Claretians East Youth Gathering 2019 in Claretian Family or commonly known as AEYG 2019 + CF. The theme was “Solidarity: Go, Sell, Share and Follow” based on the Biblical text Mt 19:16-26; Lk 10:25-37. The talks, sharing, tours, day and night activities were all in line with it.
The biennial gathering was held this year at the Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Dare, Dili, Timor Leste from August 5 to 11, 2019 with 125 participants from the mission posts of the Claretian Missionaries of East Asia Independent Delegation (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan), Korea Independent Delegation (South Korea), Indonesia – Timor Leste Independent Delegation (Indonesia, East Timor), Philippine Province (Australia, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam); Asia Province of the Religious of Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionary Sisters (RMI); Missionaries of St. Anthony Mary Claret (MSAMC) missions in Indonesia and Philippines; and the laity of Dili and Indonesia. There were 50 members of the organizing committee.
Bishop of Dili, Most Rev. Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, SDB, DD, celebrated the opening Mass on the second day and at the same time gave the participants a session on “Solidarity in the context of Timor Leste’s Church.”
Bro. Carlos Verga, CMF, General Prefect of Youth and Vocation Ministry of the Claretian Missionaries was also present and gave a talk on solidarity in the Claretian Family congregation.
Sr. Geraldine S. Eusabius, RMI, the Prefect of Apostolic Mission of South Asian Delegation of the RMI, was also one of the invited resource speakers, to talk to young people about: “Solidarity in the Charism of SAMC”.
The organizing committee was very thankful to the national government of East Timor who fully supported the event from the reception of the visitors in the country as well as in some of its needs. The minister of Minister of Education Youth and Sports of Timor-Leste, Her Excellency, Ms. Dulce Soares, RDTL even gave a talk on “The Youth Participation in the Development of the Society in Timor-Leste.”
During the farewell Mass, event coordinator, Fr. Emanuel Lelo Talok, CMF on behalf of the Delegation Government of Indonesia-Timor Leste and the Claretian Family of the same, thanked all those who have been part of the event and said: “If there is a well in the field, may we take a bath together. If there is a long life of ours, may we meet again.”
Here are some of the comments of the participants:
Roberto Joao Bosco Salsinya Soares a 17-year-old participant from East Timor said “I found AEYG as a useful tool to help us youth foster unity and solidarity, to gain compassion and feeling of empathy and to change ourselves. I find it as a good program in developing the youth.”
“This is my first time to attend AEYG and this is the most wonderful experience I have. Hopefully with this experience encourage the young people to be in solidarity with others,” says Sarlince Eufemia Rae, a 23-year-old native lady of Nurobo, Indonesia.
“This AEYG 2019 + CF in Dare, Timor Leste is really a great experience for us, to learn, to understand, to respect each other’s diversity. Through this, we are sharing our self to others but first we must learn to open ourselves to other people, through this we are making known Jesus Christ to other people. Thus, we are in solidarity, sharing what we have to others regardless if you are rich or poor. Sharing oneself without conditions. Thank you, Timor, for the love and hospitality we felt. This won’t impose all my precious learnings and experiences but once again, obrigado for everything! God bless us all and see you in Ormoc, Philippines in 2021,” says 22-year-old Gerald Abastillas of the Philippines.
AEYG 2021 + CF is set to rock and roll the youth in Ormoc City, Philippines. In time for the 75th Anniversary of the Claretian Presence of the Claretian Missionaries in the said country.
Dear sisters: A hug for all from 11 itinerants, Ana María and Amilibia!
The second stage has been a very rich experience of evoking and visiting the places of the youth and Vocational life of Claret and Paris. This stage was guided by Consuelo Ferrus. First we evoked the experience of what happened in the lives of our Founders from their writings; then we visited through their footsteps; to conclude with that same itinerary in our personal history.
In the first stage We made the tour in Tarragona and followed the vocational itinerary of María Antonia. This time we were with Claret to Encounter his youth.
On the 26th of July we left very early in the morning to Vic, to meet our Fr. Founder. We arrived to the mother house of the Claretian Missionaries, and from there Fr. Joseph Rovira at a steady pace guided us through the walks of young seminarian, Claret: the house of the family where he was staying, the Church of the oratory of Saint Philip Neri where he went to ask for advice, the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the building of the seminary where he studied, the Cathedral, where he preached to crowds and some years later where he was consecrated as bishop, the avenues and the narrow streets of picturesque Vic.
We returned to the Claretian house where Fr. Carlos was waiting for us to take us to our Father Founder, and to several martyrs of the war of 1936. There in the crypt we celebrated the thanksgiving Mass, praising God for all the good things we received and for the gift of life of Nidiagnis and Anna.
At about 20,30 we arrived in the community of Barcelona, where our sisters waited for us with dinner: as in all our houses we experienced the joy and happiness of meeting all. Rosario and Agnieszka guided the tour to the museum and the room of Teresita Albarracín and to the prayer in the chapel along with her remains.
Saturday 27th we began the day by visiting the cathedral of Barcelona and the “Sagrada Familia” a true encounter of the Art that God has gifted and Sunday 28 we visited Barcelona from the great ramp, the port and the Lonja de Mar where fine art courses were taught, Claret studied there to perfect himself in textile drawing, Spanish and French grammar. We have seen the boarding house where he stayed with his brother and the houses of some relatives in Barcelona, passing through the oratory of Saint Philip Neri and the Church of Sts. Justo and Pastor where we participated in Sunday Mass, We finished our tour in the Church of Santa Maria del Mar where Claret had made his fervent and persuasive voice as a missionary from the pulpit.
The celebration of the Mass in Saints Justo and Pastor, signified a "sacrament" of the call to Claret for us, there we also felt called by Christ our Shepherd: "What does it profit a man to win the whole world if he loses his soul?".
Filled with joy we returned to Reus to immerse ourselves with our personal Vocation, which will be another intense and beautiful experience.
Blessed be Lord for such a goodness!
On July 22-24, 2019 I was privileged to attend the 3rd SPRING RAIN GLOBAL ASIAN PHILANTHROPIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of the Philanthropic Development Office Ecosystem. The aim to hold this annual conference in different countries is to build a donors-beneficiary relationships.
This year the theme of the conference was, “Innovations in Asian Philanthropy Landscape for a Stronger Development Ecosystem” and there were 16 speakers from Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom with two Bishops, two Muslim leaders, priests, and Lay who are experts in the field of Philanthropy, Fund Raising, and Innovation – for the mission.
The experience was awe-inspiring seeing how different groups of different affiliate and religions were gathered together in search and discover the abundant resources of “God who He is more infinitely interested in helping His people than we are. Fund Raising is spiritual at its very core. It is a Sacred Task” according to St. Vincent de Paul. Fund Raising “first and foremost is a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission.” (Nouwen, 15). And Fund Raising is Friend-raising, “Philanthropic decisions are often made based upon our friendships or the interests of others we know, rather than upon our own personal investigation of the organizations seeking our support.” (Greer, 69).
Lynlyn S. rmi
From 22nd-25th of July 2019 I attended a seminar on the above said title telling the story of Jesus in Sri Lanka; where several priests, religious and lay attended from different dioceses of the country. To grace this seminar two bishops: the president of the Sri Lankan Bishops’ Conference and the Bishop responsible of inter-faith dialogue in Sri Lanka were present too. This was organized as a joint event by Movimento San Francesco Saverio from Italy and the Conference of Major Religious Superiors (CMRS) in Sri Lanka.
The content of these four days on relating Jesus’ story in the multifaith context of Sri Lanka is very timely after the brutal Easter Sunday attack on the Christians. As part of the program we had opportunities to converse with some Muslim and Buddhist religious leaders and at the same time expressing our concerns. Also, made a visit to one of the bomb attacked churches and cemetery of the blast victims which was very emotional and a painful recalling for all of us.
Several speakers from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Italy enlightened the participants including some lay and students who enriched us with their sharing of God experience.
We ended these four days with desire of bringing hope to the society coined with peace and justice. Unless we know the art of telling HIS story in the multi-ethnic, and multi-religious Sri Lanka, we cannot bring a transformation in the society; therefore, only a life lived and experienced in the Prince of peace - CHRIST can heal and renew our lives.
Geraldine S. E. rmi
We make the pilgrimage of María Antonia and Anthony Mary Claret, evoking the framework of their personal and vocational history, Vallmoll and Tarragona to Sallent and Fussimanya; their life and existence, which we have read and deepened, are given more meaning and beauty when we step on their footsteps and look at their places and backgrounds which they lived their childhood and adolescence.
In this stage of evoking, Yolanda Kafka accompanies us as the guide and the companion of the way. We review and prove the beauty of these Catalan lands evoking the glorious and suffering past of the people visited by God in their triumphs and sufferings, configuring the culture of His people and giving the shape to the personality of Antonia and Antonio.
Walking these paths, we deepen the experience of our Founders, their human, relational and Christian life. They illuminate also our personal experiences we touch and give them new meanings.
We entrust ourselves to them, so that, being women of our time with the struggles and successes, we can abandon ourselves into the hands of God and continue to spread the Gospel to the world.