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The whole is greater than the part… it is the polyhedron, which reflects the convergence of all its parts, each of which preserves its distinctiveness. (Pope Francis)
The workshop has been done at the house of "Casa la Salle" (Roma) from July 16-20, 2019.
It has been open to all consecrated persons who have an interest in the topics of interculturality and conflict resolution in religious communities.
On these days, in addition to the deepening of the topics by experts, the collaboration between the congregations and the exchange of experience in the spirit of communion and mutual enrichment,has been fostered. Priscilla, the prefect general of apostolic mission participated in the workshop.
The trip to Congo this year (JUNE 26, July 12) was to prepare the summer 2020 experience of missionary volunteers in the dispensary of MPASA, offering assistance to the neediest in the health field. It has been an opportunity to share, deepen, celebrate at all levels and to accompany the training processes.
On the 28th, with the whole educational community of our school complex María Inmaculada de MPASA (Lay and Claretian), it has been deepened around "The charismatic roots of our educational mission." We have had spaces for prayer, presentation of the vision and mission of the congregation, and a sharing about the notes of the Claretian pedagogy and about the Claretian school that we dream about and want to promote.
On the 29th, the students of the primary school who have obtained the first prize as best students from the entire Kinshasa area, participated in an evaluation organized by the State search office.
On day 1 with all the personnel (lay and Claretian) of the Maria Antonia Paris hospital of MPASA, the theme was: "Our reason for being in the Church is that God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is known and loved by all". A space has been made for prayer around the text of the Good Samaritan, reflection on the Pope's message for the world day of the sick and in depth on aspects of the Claretian charism in the social sphere.
On day 2 we enjoyed the closing celebration of the school year with students, parents and all school staff, in a festive atmosphere and in appreciation for everything that was done during the school year.
From days 4 to 7, reflection and sharing on the theme of Interculturality, evangelical relations and media, with sisters in perpetual vows.
Together with the sisters of the council of the Provincial Mission of Africa, the organization of the Missionary 2020 experience has been defined.
These coordinated activities, from the general prefecture of apostolic mission and shared with the general prefecture of formation have been an opportunity to make ACCOMPANYING a reality as a motive that interweaves all the realities of our Claretian life, throughout this year 2019. (CfSG3 / 19).
We thank our sisters from the Congo and the laity with whom we have shared these days for the joyful experience of deepening together in the Claretian charism.
Reus, July 9. The E. VOC.ANDO training course begins. During the weeks of July, August until September 12, sisters from different countries will travel the paths of the Founders and above all their interior itinerary that will help to renew the sense of Claretian consecration and identity, illuminating the processes of the personal missionary spiritual life (cf. DC 2017. 10; 18). Ana Maria and Amilbia accompany them in this journey.
Evoking - because they want to remember ... to pass through the heart the experience of our charismatic roots, to evoke the experience of the vocation and the personalization of the charism in our life. E - in the light of the Gospel ... (Evangelio); VOC - it is our vocational call and its history; ANDO (walk) - because the life is a process; the course is "itinere", sisters experience it as pilgrims ... revisiting the charismatic congregational places.
We wish them the best graces of the Holy Spirit.
(Amilbia, Norma, Anna, Mari Cruz, Ana Maria, Thushari, Wivine, Maribel; Ewa, Marisa, Nidiagnis, Dina y Consuelo.)
We celebrate today, July 4, the day of our Constitutions. Happy day!
We have precious Constitutions, deeply theologically and charismatically. The sisters who have worked in its writing and in the Chapter sessions (in 1975 and 1981) for its final elaboration - some still live - have repeated many times that its content, its spirit, its universality are expression of the work of the holy Spirit and of the fecundity of the Charism in the Congregation.
They are our "Word", our Claretian "lectio divina" of the Gospel; they are the "harvest" collected after so many years of sowing the charism in the life and testimony of the Claretians. The Constitutions are our fundamental reference for life and mission and therefore without putting them into practice, as we have professed, our vocation has no sustenance.
The current Constitutions, approved in 1984, are the result of the renewal marked by the Second Vatican Council. The first step of this collegial process in the Congregation was the Extraordinary Chapter of 1969. The result of its delicate task: to carry out within the general renewal of the Church, that of the Institute, is included in the Chapter Documents of the IX General Chapter.
It will be good for us all to remember, to rediscover these documents and the event of Extraordinary Chapter of which 50 years have passed. From August 25 to October 19, 1969 the Chapter Community gathered in Mater, Madrid (Spain) studied and discerned the apostolic elements of the Charism; the durability of this gift from which emanates a force capable of assuring the Institute of its permanent relevance; the characteristics of our vocation. Let as reread these Documents. We will not be able, in fact, to value or enjoy the today of our living charism, without knowing this transcendental step of the Spirit through our history, which the renewal of Vatican II provoked.
"Educational love as a pedagogical tool" was the basic theme of the First Encounter of the general prefect of mission with the Educators of our school María Inmaculada of Mpasa (Kinshasa RD Congo) on June 28. With a high participation of teachers, educators, and workers who exchanged their work experiences. With great interest, we have worked in the group, then we shared the answers and proposals on how to be a Claretian educator, from care for the environment and sustainability in the educational spaces in which each one develops his/her mission.