Nos hemos reunido en la Casa CLARET de Chaclacayo (Perú) 26 claretianos pertenecientes a los nueve organismos de MICLA junto al P. Leo Dalmao que preside el Encuentro. Cinco días completos de vida comunitaria, de oración, de alegría, de trabajo y de excursión.
Tres momentos han distinguido el trabajo en este Encuentro :
- Presentación de los distintas Provincias que forman MICLA que nos ha ocupada una mañana y dos sesiones extra después de la cena.
- Desarrollo del tema “LA INTERCULTURALIDAD” durante algo más de dos días, por parte del P. Leo Dalmao
- Desarrollo del tema EL ACOMPAÑAMIENTO” que nos ha ocupado un día, realizado por Rodolfo Morales.
La metodología en ambos casos ha sido la misma : desarrollo progresivo de los temas y trabajos prácticos personales y grupales de profundización. Han surgido también algunas propuestas provisionales.
Hemos disfrutado también de un lindo día de excursión, descubriendo arte, historia, culturas ancestrales en Lima sus cercanías y degustado platos típicos locales.
La oración de la mañana y de la eucaristía se ha centrado en los rasgos carismáticos señalados en el Documento del XXV Capítulo General.
Valoramos muy positivamente este Encuentro por la importancia de los temas, la identidad claretiana que hemos compartido, y la vida fraterna alegre que hemos disfrutado.
Leioa, Spain. From 17 to 19 November, ten of the young Claretians in Europe gathered together at the Atalaia Claret residential house in Leioa, Biscay, Basque Country, for the annual Quinquennio on-going formation. Present were: Miguel Alvarez Nieto, Gabriel Ponce Carpintero, and Alejandro Suárez Rosales of the Province of Bética; Yohanes Benjitu Bareto and Dion Paskalis Nandut of the Province of Catalunya; Robert Essougou, Aimé Césaire Metena of the Delegation of France; Louie Guades III and Mario Kevin Armijo of the General Houses in Rome; and Iñaki San Nicolás Guimón of the Province of Euskal Herria. Present also were José Ramon Sanz, Prefect of Formation of Santiago and the Provincials of France, Pierre Zanga and of Euskal Herria, Mateo Larrauri. This year’s topic was focused on the ministry to the poor and the excluded. And the main theme was: “Poverty and Marginalization: Keys to Evangelical Responses – Love not in word but in deed.”
The program was divided into two parts – theoretical and practical. For the theoretical part, two resource persons were invited: Fr. Martin Iriberri, SJ and Fr. Agustín Ortiz, CMF. Both of them gave an overview of the reality of poverty and marginalization in the area. And for the practical part, the group visited the Claret Enea located in the City of Bilbao and spoke with some of those who are staying in the shelter house. Then the group, together with some students of Claret School of Askartza, visited some of the homeless who are wandering, begging along the Gran Via of Bilbao. They even gave a birthday present to one of the homeless whose name is Lorenzo. A creative prayer at the community chapel of Claret Enea ended the day.
On Sunday, 19th of November, World Day of the Poor, two homeless, Franc from Nigeria and Fleming from Belgium, gave their testimonies and experiences of being homeless, wanderers, anonymous, unemployed and poor. The participants had the chance to listen and interact with them. The two joined the group in celebrating the Mass for the World Day of the Poor and in the lunch prepared in the community of Leioa.
The young Claretians of ECLA were faithful to the invitation of Father General to celebrate the World Day of the Poor in the best way possible, and responded faithfully to the invitation of Pope Francis in loving not only in words but in deed.
Wardha, India. The Claretian Ashram College of Philosophy in Sawangi (Meghe) Wardha, Maharashtra, had two intense activities these past weeks. One was in view of the Beatification of our 109 brother martyrs and the other was the closing of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Xifre.
Long-term preparations were dedicated to both activities. Weeks before the beatification, the biography of one martyr are posted on their notice board daily to animate the community in their martyrial spirituality, daily liturgical prayers and other reflections. Other materials such as the Circular of Father General on the martyrs and letters from their Provincial were also given as additional sources in rejuvenating the Claretian Missionary and Martyrial Spirit in each one of the students.
On the beatification day, they had a very solemn Eucharistic celebration in the morning, in which their neighboring religious communities, friends and well-wishers were present who were amused of the fact that our Congregation has more than 180 martyrs.
On the other hand, with regards to the Xifre Year celebration, they have started the preparations one month before. They were provided with materials on Fr. Joseph Xifre and were encouraged to present the summary of their readings and their own personal reflections. Then they had three days of special prayer sessions in the evening together with rosary and other church prayers. And the documentary “Father Xifre, Missionary by Profession” was shown to make the students more acquainted with Fr. Joseph Xifre
In the morning of the 3rd of November, they had the solemn Eucharistic celebration in which they thank the Lord for the gift of Fr. Joseph Xifre to our beloved congregation. In the evening of the same day, they had a 2-hour long symposium on the theme “The Impact and Contributions of Fr. Joseph Xifre”. Six papers were presented by the students on the following themes:
- Joseph Xifre: From Peasant boy to Priest and the Co-founder of the Congregation.
- Joseph Xifre: The First Elected Superior General of the Congregation.
- Joseph Xifre: A Missionary by Profession.
- Joseph Xifre and the Missionary Expansion of our Congregation.
- Joseph Xifre and the decade of 1880-1890.
- The Last Years of Fr. Joseph Xifre.