India Visit 2017

Bro. Carlos Verga, the General Prefect of Youth Ministry and Vocations, and I went to India for animation visit. In the first two weeks, Bro. Carlos spent his time in Bengaluru.

I spent the whole month visiting formation communities in the four Organisms of India (Bengaluru, St. Thomas, Chennai, and North East). I also had the opportunity to visit some of the nearby mission communities of the organisms. I gave a session on “Teamwork” during the Youth Animators’ Encounter before proceeding to St. Thomas Province.

During visits, I gave conference to the formandi and held individual dialogue with all the students. I had also a chance to talk to several candidates for novitiate, regents, and deacons assigned in the mission stations close to the formation communities. Each visit was concluded with a meeting with all the formators in the respective community.  We discussed several issues of formation in the community and the organism as a whole.

The visit was programmed as follows:

January 26-31:                       Bangalore Province

Theology House 1

Novitiate House 1

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

January 31-February 5:        St. Thomas Province

Theology House 1

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

February 5-10:                      Chennai Province

Philosophy House (non-professed) 1

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

February 10-12:                    Wardha-St. Thomas Province

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

February 12-19:                    Province of North East India

Theology House 1

Philosophy House (non-professed) 1

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

February 19-24:                    Kolkata Delegation-Chennai Province

Theology House 1

Aspirancy (minor) House 1

The animation visit in these four organisms has given me a wider perspective about the Claretian presence in the country and better understanding of the current realities of formation. It was quite enriching and helpful in knowing the different challenges of formation faced by our communities in India.

I have the impression that many organisms in the country are now facing formation issues due to secularism. Although I have to admit that a month stay is not enough to fully understand the formative dynamics of every organism, the opportunity to meet, encounter, talk, and spend time with our brothers in different communities is already a blessing in itself.

Leo Dalmao CMF

General Prefect of Formation

Rome, March 2017

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