Warsaw, Poland. The General Prefect of Formation went to Poland from May 8 to 15 for an animation visit. He visited the formation communities and held a dialogue with the formandi and formators. The first community visited was the novitiate, followed by the postulants’, and lastly, that of the professed. The Province of Poland has 34 formandi, 12 of them are in Poland while the rest are in Africa.
During the encounter and personal dialogue with the formandi and formators, several issues were raised and discussed. Among the areas covered were: universal mission, the call to intercultural living, shared mission, updates on the General Plan of Formation, the coming Heart of Mary School of Formators in 2018, and the beatification of the 109 Martyrs of Spain in October this year. The motivations drawing candidates to the Congregation also surfaced during the conversations. As with the other provinces, these included: community life, strong Marian dimension, contact with a Claretian missionary, preaching, retreat giving, missionary life, and our contribution to Consecrated Life.
The visit was culminated with the Sunday mass at the Claretian parish in Wroclaw and a meeting with the Provincial Government.
In 2018, the Province of Poland will celebrate its 25th Silver Foundation Anniversary. The members are already looking forward and preparing for this momentous event of their organism, which now serves in several countries through their personnel and missionary endeavors.