25 years of Claret Villa in Mawlai, Shillong, Northeast India

25 years of Claret Villa in Mawlai, Shillong, Northeast India

Shillong, India. For a Claretian Missionary, his learnings, an integral development, development of talents during his formation and a strong spiritual relationship developed with Jesus are his sources of life in his future ministry. It is rooted in the Word of God guided by the Holy Spirit and formed in the heart of the immaculate heart of Mary. The initial formation received gives a foundation for one’s own future as a Missionary of the Word and in his perfection and holiness. If it happens in the local culture and within the area, it can become really effective and influential in anyone. He would become a challenging missionary who would take up any service amidst the people. It is with this idea the formation house, Claret Villa, was established in Northeast India. This center is celebrating its Silver Jubilee in this year. During these years, 50 students completed their basic formation and ordained as priests. This is a shining model in getting basic formation inserted in the local place, culture and life situations of the people. They are formed to be future missionaries in the style of St. Claret.

Our students get their classes on theology and Divine Sciences in Oriens College, Shillong, a seminary established and administered by the Bishops’ conference of Northeast India. Northeast India has 15 dioceses including three archdioceses, Imphal, Shillong and Guwahati. This region of northeast India is known as “seven sisters” consisting of eight states now. The population here is mainly tribals and Adivasi. Majority are followers of Jesus Christ in various denominations of Christianity. The Claretian Missionaries are present in three of these states now. The most attractive and colourful population and culture of this region is an envy for anyone who visit here. The culture, language, joy, accommodation, reception, eating and clothing habits are very much special for our people. The Church and its various activities are part of the daily life of our people.

Northeast Indian Catholic Church has two formation centres of theology, Scared Heart Theological College by Salesians and Oriens College. The region has a few apostolic schools, minor seminaries and three centres of philosophy. The Congregation of Salesians established a university “the Assam Don Bosco University” in the state of Assam in 2008.

Bishop Stephan Ferrando, Bishop of Shillong, founded the first indigenous religious congregation, Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, in October 24, 1942 in northeast India. It has above 1200 members today. The second religious congregation, Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco, started in May 31, 1983, by Rt. Rev. Hubert Rosario, the archbishop of Shillong. Moreover, the presence and service of very many religious congregations, various hospitals, pastoral centres, colleges, schools, hostels, dispensaries, religious formation centres, many training and animation centres, etc. are means of missionary service to the people of northeast India. The vocation to priesthood and religious life is tremendously increasing and brought marvellous effectiveness in our missionary service to the people. As Claretian Missionaries, we form part of this evangelization work of the church in northeast India.

The Claretian Missionaries form part of this service and the initiative that we have taken to have a formation center here in northeast India make us proud. We are grateful to everyone who took pain to establish this formation house. It is a model, for everyone deeply based in the local culture, to have excellent studies, in the initial formation of our missionaries.  The students have many opportunities to become experts and inserted persons in the local culture and people all through their years of formation. Mary, our Mother, forms every Claretian missionary in the style of her Son, Jesus, with the inspiration of our founder St. Claret through the instrumentality of the Holy Spirit. Let everyone who forms himself to become missionaries’ burn with love of Christ, full of zeal and love for the Word of God.

We praise and thank the Lord for his marvellous blessings and pray that God continue to bless us in our needs. The celebration was held on the 26th of October, 2017.

Claret Feast 2017 of Claretian Jogjakarta

Claret Feast 2017 of Claretian Jogjakarta

October 24 is the day most eagerly awaited by the Claretians around the world. This is the day full of joy. And so with the Community of Wisma Skolastikat Claretian Yogyakarta.

The community opened a series of events with the Eucharistic Celebration led by Fr. Gusti, CMF, with Fr. Bosco, CMF, Fr. Pascal, CMF, and Fr. Dami Eko, CMF. The Holy Mass which lasted for 90 minutes was followed by different activities and presentations – presentations prepared by the brothers, singing, Claret Idol, a song from by Mr. Muji, our leader of Neighbourhood Head, a poem performed by Sr. Pepin RMI, and other group presentations.

This celebration of joy was attended by Mr. Suratman, Head of Hamlet, Mr. Muji the neighbourhood head, RMI Community and the people who regularly attend daily mass in the community.

Happy feast and Viva Claret!

Harry, CMF

First Profession in St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation

First Profession in St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation

Nairobi, Kenya. On 16th July 2017 in Claret Villa, at Nairobi, Kenya 10 Claretian novices made their first profession. Seven of them belong to the Independent Delegation to St. Charles Lwanga and three from the Independent Delegation of Cameroun. The colorful celebration was presided over by the Major superior of St. Charles Lwanga, Fr. John Francis. Four of the newly professed will proceed to Peru, two to Sri Lanka and four to Morogoro in Tanzania to continue their theological studies.  On the eve of First Profession 10 postulants were admitted to the novitiate. Of the 10 Novices, four belong to St. Charles Lwanga Delegation, five hails from Angola and Sao Tome and belong to Portugal Province and one from Zimbabwe who belongs to Bética Province.

Ordination to the Diaconate of Agustin Carrillo, Jr. CMF

Ordination to the Diaconate of Agustin Carrillo, Jr. CMF

Chicago, USA. On the 16th of July, Sch. Agustin Carrillo Jr., CMF, together with another student of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, John Son Tran, C.Ss.R., was ordained deacon at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Chicago, in the hands of Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, C.M.F., Bishop Emeritus of Diocese of Lubbock (Texas).

The Ordination was transmitted live by Revista Oye. You may watch the video here:

Perpetual Profession of Ovidio Ortigoza, CMF

Perpetual Profession of Ovidio Ortigoza, CMF

Montevideo, Uruguay. On Saturday, July 16, in the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Montevideo, Uruguay, Student Ovidio Ortigoza cmf made his final vows  in the Congregation in the hands of Fr. Mario Gutiérrez, Provincial Superior. Present were his parents Maria Elvia and Porfirio who arrived from Paraguay, his brothers Pedro and Nilda who traveled from Buenos Aires and other relatives, friends and companions on the journey and in the mission. Several Missionaries from different communities were also present.

We thank God for his faithfulness, and because he continues to call missionaries among his people, who decide to follow him radically, as Claret did.

Seven Deacons Were Ordained Priests in East Nigeria Province

Seven Deacons Were Ordained Priests in East Nigeria Province

New Owerri, Nigeria. On Saturday, July 15, 2017, seven deacons from the Province of East Nigeria were ordained priests at the St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. They are: Rev. Paschal Diala, CMF, Rev. Kingsley Egbujor, CMF, Rev. Samuel Iyagbe, CMF, Rev. Cornelius Nweke, CMF, Rev. Marcellinus Njeze, CMF, Rev. Cletus Uche, CMF and Rev. Dennis Uwakwe, CMF. The ordaining prelate was Most Rev. Wilfred Anagbe, CMF, the bishop of Makurdi Diocese who during his homily urged the new priests to “configure themselves to Christ whose priesthood transcends that of the Old Covenant. They are to share in the life of Christ who is zealous about the work of his heaven. The newly ordained should imitate our father founder St Anthony Mary Claret who was a tireless missionary.”

The occasion was graced by over a hundred priests and religious, the lay Claretian movement, the families and well-wishers of the ordinands.