FORMATION PLAN OF THE SRILANKAN MISSION
In the presentation to the General Plan of Formation the then Superior General of the Congregation, Very Rev.Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, CMF expressed thus: “Fr. Claret stated that his spirit went out to the whole world, and his prophecy is still being fulfilled throughout the nations… These new vocations are contributing a new way of viewing, interpreting and expressing the consecrated life and the Claretian life. ..This newborn shaping of the Congregation has been fairly crying out for a Formation Plan that would promote the re-creation of Claretian identity by blending the values characteristic of various peoples with the charismatic bent of our universal missionary vocation. ..What is now expected of all Claretians is that we apply ourselves, with humility and effort to an indepth living of the evangelical and evangelizing charism of Claret in our diverse historical cultural and social contexts”(GPF, p.10f.).
ENCOUNTER OF THE PREFECTS OF FORMATION
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 10 – 20 August 2012
The Prefects of Formation of all the major organisms of the Congregation, called together by Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, CMF, the General Prefect of Formation, had their meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 10 to 20 August, 2012. The goals of the encounter were to promote a missionary formation that is transformative and to assist formators in guiding the formees in their journey towards conformity with Christ through the interiorization of the fundamental values of consecrated life (MFL 63.1).
Meeting of the Prefects of Formation, August 10-20, Dar Es Salaam
We have come from different parts of the world as Claretians entrusted with the task of assisting the respective organisms in the animation and accompaniment of the missionaries in their formative journey. It is a time our congregation is going through a period of transition marked by the process of reorganization and the emergence of a new demographic face of the congregation due to the diversity of origins of her new members. Besides, we find ourselves beset with the opportunities and challenges posed by the post modern, global culture of our times.
Dear Fr. Mathew and brothers gathered in Tanzania,
I greet you all with great joy and express, on behalf of the General Government, the great hope that your meeting awakens in us. When I began to prepare this letter all I could think was to write the word “THANKYOU” in capital letters. Yes, this is the feeling that I want to express to you with all my heart: thank you for your service to the Congregation through involvement in the formation of the younger Claretian generations; Thank you, also, for participating in this meeting which seeks to strengthen the Claretian training programme and facilitate the exercise of your responsibility as trainers.