Apostolic Claretian Mission to evangelize Europe – Students of Granada

 0. INTRODUCTION

granada2We have seen an outline of the reality of Europe. Faced with the reality of despair, finally, it is necessary to consider new missionary methods, to sum up, a new evangelization. We, Claretian Missionaries, we are called to cooperate in this new evangelization from our charism, enabling along with others, the Missio Dei – Missio Spiritu.

 In this second phase of our block we will concretize how we can work with this new evangelization that Europe needs, from three aspects:   

1. First, we present the traits that identify us in the mission, they are a gift, a gift of the Spirit to build with others.   

2. Second, let us note places where we are in Europe and understand the diversity in our ministries.

3. Finally, we tend time to reflect individually and in groups on the challenges facing the church in Europe from our students perspective.

 Then we start the second time by submitting the features of our Claretian missionary identity.

  1. OUR MISSION IDENTITY

1.  Itinerary and missionary availability

 This feature results in two aspects: the personal disposition for the mission, and the ongoing review of our positions, without clinging to anything we have. Our missionaries being means to go beyond our national, political and cultural interests.

 We symbolize this trait with a worn-out shoes.

  • “I am ever more deeply impressed at the thought of Jesus moving from town to town, preaching everywhere-not just in big cities, but in little villages and even to a single woman. When he spoke to the Samaritan woman(…)”. (221 Aut)
  • – “A sense of availability allowing them to be so open to the guidance of the Spirit and so obedient to their mission that they will be ready to abandon all that they have grown accustomed to in order to fulfil their duty of spreading the faith, both within and beyond their native land.

-A sense of catholicity that will lead them into all parts of the world and make them open-minded, receptive and respectful of the religious and cultural customs and values of the people.”(CC 48)

  • “(…) he delights in privations, welcomes work” (494 Aut; CC 9).

2. Inculturation

 Inculturation leads us to live attentive to reality, trying to discern the “seeds of the Word” present in the cultures and societies, to know how to proclaim the Gospel in every place.

This feature we symbolize it with fabrics from different continents.

  • “Both in their lifestyle and in the way they perform their ministry, our local communities should so develop and unfold our original gift for serving the Church and the world that they become truly rooted in the conditions and needs of the local Church and of the world around them.”(CC 14)
  • “The saving law of the Incarnation of God among men demands of the Claretian evangelizers that he engage in a respectful and active dialogue with various cultures (inculturation) and, at the same time, that he make a serious effort at discovering how to assimilate those values that are “seeds of the Word” or which exist in a more or less lively state in the “Christian memory” of the people. This requires an adequate grasp of different situations, new meanings and new values, and a commitment to reviving and expressing them in the language, signs, symbols and sensibilities of each culture. We Claretians would like to assume these attitudes responsibly in relation with the people and human groups to whom we are sent as evangelizers”. (MCH 167)
  • “Because we must offer our service to the Church in an incarnate and differentiated form, we should review our lifestyle, the way we express our evangelical commitment, our relationships inside and outside our community, our formation for delivering the Message (PC 3), and our mental and emotional outlook regarding local churches and our particular setting in them”. (MCH 168)

3. Prophetic mission and announcement to the poor.

 As followers of Christ we make an option for the poor, the excluded and marginalized in their release, at borders and geographical and existential peripheries. While we encourage a culture of justice, peace and integrity of creation.

Symbol: Syringe, bread and water and a poster appeal for help

  • “The Lord made me understand that I would not only have to preach to sinners but that I would also have to preach to and catechize simple farmers and villagers, etc.” (Aut 118)
  • “The anointing of the Holy Spirit, whereby we are anointed to preach the Good News to the poor, is a sharing in the fullness of Christ.” (CC 39)
  • “If we are looking for an image for our prophetic and liberating mission, we have it in our Founder: a man who perceived and announced the plan of salvation in the concrete circumstances of his times. His denunciation was not that of a huckster, a demagogue or a sower of discord. He first experienced a divine vexation and then, expressing himself with evangelical liberty, denounced sinful and unjust situations. And it was thus, pursuing a proposal for Christian transformation beyond any personal interest or self-vindication, that he became an artisan of community and fraternity”. (MCH 171)

4. By all means

This feature is to respond creatively to the timeliest and effective evangelical needs of men today means.

Symbol: Computer

  • “Because, as I have already said, I was driven to work for God’s greater glory and the salvation of souls, I shall now say something of the means that the Lord showed me were the best and most fitting to attain that goal”. (264 Aut)
  • “Using all means possible to spread the good news of the kingdom throughout the world”. (CC 6)
  • “In carrying out this mission, our missionaries should use all means possible…” (CC 48)
  • “…and strives by all means possible to set everyone on fire with God’s love.” (CC 9 y 494 Aut)
  • “We will respond creatively with the most opportune, timely and efficacious means to the calls we have perceived (cf. No. 1-27), keeping in mind the context and urgencies of our mission and the history and tradition of our Congregation”. (HAC 61)

5.  Multiply pastoral agents

Through which we seek to scorch, raising and promoting other evangelists.

Symbol: Extension

  • ““The missionary work should be directed mainly to those who most need evangelization or to persons who are or should become agents of evangelization.”(CC 48)
  • “The present urgency for evangelization, the orientation of today’s Church and our own evangelizing vocation for the building up of the Kingdom of God, all demand that we reactualize the sensibility that Claret had in his own day, and make us opt today for the task of raising up and promoting evangelizers: priests, religious and laypersons. We understand this as an objective inherent in our mission.” (MCH, 177)

 6.  Mission in communion

Our mission is convening. We live this gift of God missionary community. At the same time we seek dialogue with others who direct their gaze for life, justice and fraternity (dialogue between faith and culture, interfaith dialogue, interfaith dialogue).

Symbol: Silhouettes of people holding hands.

  • ““We should imitate the communion of life that prevailed among Christ and the Apostles and among the faithful of the early Church, who were united, heart and soul“. (CC 10)
  • “Sharing the hopes and joys, the sorrows and trials of the people, especially those of the poor, we readily offer to join efforts with all who are striving to transform the world according to God’s plan”. (CC 46)

7.  Servants of the Word

We are listeners and Servants of the Word. Taking it in our mission, a privileged place, making it the center of evangelization. We seek to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ brings us HOPE.

 Symbol: Bible

  • “…on reading the prophet Ezekiel, especially chapter 3, at these words: “Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from me, warn them in my Name”. (Aut 119).
  • “In the Church we are steadfast helpers of its Shepherds in the ministry of the word” (CC 6).
  • “The ministry of the word, through which we communicate the total mystery of Christ to humanity, is our special calling among the People of God”. (CC 46) 

8. Special delivery to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

As Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we live willing to do the will of God wherever we are, and we share with others the joy of your love, proclaiming his greatness. Mary is the model of following Christ, and his heart is for us the place you are thrown to share the mission. This filial relationship with Mary permeates our missionary task.

 Symbol: Picture the Heart of Mary

  • “We attribute the founding of our Congregation to the intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we honor as our Patroness under the title of her Immaculate Heart. Since we are called and truly are Sons of her Heart, we accompany her in love and trust and commit ourselves to her that we may be conformed to the mystery of Christ and may cooperate with her in her maternal role in our apostolic mission” (CC 8)

 2. OUR PRESENCE IN EUROPE

Places where we are in Europe:  

  • Bética
  • Catalunya
  • Germany (Osterreich, Ascweiz, Slovenija)
  • Euskal Herria
  • France
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Santiago
  • United Kingdom
  • Belarus (Poland)
  • Czech Rep. (Poland)
  • Russia (Santiago)
  • Russia (Poland)
  • Switzerland (Santiago)

Types of apostolate

Number of CMFF[1]

Parishes (urban / rural / suburban)

85/19/5

No parish churches

48

Itinerant teams

32

Social Pastoral, JPIC

20

Colleges (Higher Colleges)

51 (+7)

Spirituality Centers

18

Youth Centers

5

Publications

15

Study centers (teachers)

17

Missions outside Europe

40


Comments on the conclusions drawn

  • Difficulty to find data.
  • Reductionist Statistics. Much more than specific places and ministries.
  • The statistical annex is not homogeneous, therefore its statistical validity is precarious.

3. REFLECTION ON OUR PRESENCE

During the III Assembly of ECLA held in Vic between 17 and 18 January of 2014 there has been progress in the debate on the reorganization of the Congregation in Europe.The documents we have considered are three:

  • The result of the consultation on the Claretian communities of Europe on the reorganization
  • The conclusions of the European Missionary Meeting held in Bilbao from October 28 to November 3, 2013
  • Information Treasurers of the Major Agencies of Europe on the economic situation of the various agencies of the continent.

From all this documentation we decided to collect, for guidance, two texts: The conclusions of the European Missionary Encounter and the guidance to take account of the commission whose synthesize the conclusions of the consultation on the Claretian communities.

 Conclusions of the European Missionary Encounter

 Priority areas of action

  1. Evangelization of children, youth and families with special attention to the vocational dimension.
  2. Commitment to the poor, excluded and migrants.
  3. Dialogue and evangelizing on unbelievers’ presence, on indifferent and non-Christian areas.
  4. Creating and animating Christian communities boosted by the Word of God.
  5. Promotion and qualification of agents of evangelization.
  6. Evangelizing presence on Web.

 Strategic positions related to the area of ministry

  1. Schools with a clearly educational, missionary and evangelizing project.
  2. Missionary parishes, Samaritans and committed to their surroundings.
  3. Claretian communities and apostolic positions in situations of poverty and exclusion.
  4. Teams and specialized provincial and interprovincial presences in shared mission in three areas: (i) management and charismatic animation own apostolic works, (ii) service to other works and projects of Church and (iii) border and first announce.[2]
  5. Formations Centers evangelizing agents.
  6. Mission Offices, ONG and foundations that support the missionary work of the congregation.

 This Missionary Encounter considered especially valuable apostolic structure ‘team’ and suggests the possibility of creating specialized teams in three areas mentioned. Similarly belief very useful to consolidate the work done in Europe in vocational pastoral childhood and youth in formation and teacher formation linked with us that seeks to ensure the identity of evangelizing our centers.

Bilbao, November 3, 2013

 Conclusions of the Commission report to the reorganization of Europe

 The commission has been responsible for synthesizing the consultation of the Claretian communities on the reorganization of the Congregation in Europe.

  1. There is no attitudes of immobility.
  2. Small agencies aspire to be in a larger structure. In general the cmff of Europe does not want be CMFF on macro-organisms.
  3. Desire to clarify project life and mission of the Congregation in Europe.
  4. Matching in sensitivities and apostolic goals CMFF in Europe. Diversity of community life styles.
  5. Qualified require some preparation apostolic activities that often one province can not offer alone.
  6. Pay attention to the consequences of the creation of a large province in the service of animation Provincial Superior. Also the difficulty of the language.
  7. Take into account the economic costs of a territorially vast province.
  8. Realistically need to wonder how many people can actually count on to work in areas of Europe where a different language is spoken own.
  9. Danger of theoretical models propose restructuring if only consider the apostolic priorities.

Then we will have two times according to what seen on this day.

Personal time:

  • Where should I put the accents in my formation as a Claretian missionary in order to respond in the near future?

Moment by groups

  • Once we thought this first point, we join in groups, debate and draw up an agreed list of 3-5 key, on which should guide the congregation in Europe soon. (Platforms evangelization presences, media, etc …). Be fairly specific.

Finally, each group will share their key list.

 REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

Aut                  Autobiography

CC                   Constitutions CMF

Dir                   Directory

MCH               The Claretian Mission Today (1979)

SP                   Servants of the Word (1991)

EMP                In prophetic Mission (1997)

HAC                Charity Men on Fire (2009)

Circular          Missionaries (JM Abella, 2012)

Workshop      Theologyfor our mission (General Prefecture of Apostolate, 2012)

Report                        Commission to the reorganization of Europe

Statistics        Statistical Annex of the General Government (August 2013)



[1] Data extracted from the statistical annex issued by the General Government in August 2013

[2] Several of our organism have a team since a past years .The team usually refers to two or more Claretians (full or part-time) and some of them are layman, to animate an important task who we trust. actually several organizations have youth vocational team, pastoral for the children, and others teams dedicate for the issues of solidarity and mission equipment, the itinerant missionary evangelization, management and coordination of colleges or family pastoral and lay training. Sometimes teams organize activities that bring together people from the various positions of the organism, and make a present temporarily or periodically in a certain place to encourage related with the every activities.

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