Vic, Spain. From Friday afternoon of November 18 to midday of Sunday, 20, the young Claretians of Europe, those who are on their first five years of ordination and or perpetual profession gathered together for their annual quinquennio gathering in Vic, Spain. There were 8 participants (4 from Catalunya, 1 from Bética, 1 from France, 1 from UK-Ireland and 1 from Italy). Some of the invited were not able to join. Also present were Fr. Máxim Muñoz, Provincial Prefect of Formation and in-charge of these kind of encounters, Fr. Ricard Costa-Jussà, the Provincial Superior and Fr. Lluis Ballanya who was the translator in French.
The meeting was held at the Casa de Espiritualidad de Vic (CESC) with the theme “Interreligious dialogue specailly with Islam”. On Saturday, there was an interesting exchange of thoughts, ideas and reflections with representatives of the Muslim tradition, Buddhist, Evangelicals and Catholic traditions. It was a moment to hear how they live their faith in the context of Vic and how they value the living together and the dialogue that is promoted in the city. The activity was facilitated by Fr. Joan Soler, head of the Cassal Claret de Vic, who during the second part of the gathering shared his vast experience in interreligious and intercultural dialogue, specially in the Cassal.
On Saturday afternoon, the participants got to know more of the institution and the immigration, interreligious and intercultural dialogues, economic and social activities of Cassal. The afternoon was concluded by a sharing of experiencies with persons and groups of other religions as well as the challenges for us Claretians in this realm.
After the Sunday Mass at the crypt of Claret, presided by the Provincial of Catalunya, guided by Fr. Carlos Sanchez, Director of CESC, the group visited the places where Claret made his first preachings (Viladrau, Seva y Espinelves). they also went to the Church of Santa Eugenia de Berga where Blessed Joan Codinachs, of Barbastro and Blessed Andrés Solá were baptized and whose feast was celebrated on that very day. It was also the church where Claret’s remains were hidden during the civil war.
It is to note the moments of prayer and Eucharistic celebrations and other moments of being together, conducive to sharing one’s own apostolic experiences and common memories of the time of formation.
The evaluation was very positive both for the topic and for the living together and for the experience.