Barbastro, Spain. It has been almost two month since the commencement of the Heart of Mary School for formators for the year 2017. During the course of time, many activities such as: learning, discussions, visits, interactions, etc. have gone into the process of preparing the formators with an experiential knowledge of the charismatic patrimony of the congregation. Fr. Leo Dalmao, the general prefect of formation and Fr. Jesus Palacios are continuing to accompany the formators. The course is designed in three phases basing Vic, Barbastro and Colmenar Viejo and at present the third phase has just been begun.
Visiting Claretian places and giving the firsthand experience to the formators on how the founder and the congregation grew is one of the aims of the program. Accordingly, up to now, the formators were able to visit Sallent, Fussimanya, Vic, Viladrau, Espinelvel, Seva, Barcelona, Fontfroide, Barbastro and few other places of importance. The experience of these visits has made the formators to understand the fact flawlessly in connection with the place.
Familiarity with the Claretian Charismatic source is essential for a formator as he is responsible in guiding the students accordingly. Hence, the formators were helped to acquire better knowledge through various instructing methods on Autobiography of Fr. Claret, the writings of Fr. Claret, the history of the Congregation and General Plan of Formation. The study on the Constitutions is just begun. It seems that all these particulars are aiding the formators to become better informed resources.
Formator is to accompany the students. In order to attain a proficiency in accompanying, the formators were given an opportunity to expand the knowledge and experience in personal accompaniment. This aspect was thickened with the training given on the formative intervention methods with practical sessions.
As the Congregation moves towards an inter-cultural co-existence at present, the need for an intercultural atmosphere and knowledge among the members is momentously felt. In view of that, the formators are given ample opportunities to get in touch with different cultures and their richness through instruction and cultural presentations by the formators themselves on their own cultures. A lot of creativity and variety is seen in each presentation. Formators, by being together for almost three months and by sharing the different aspect of their own cultures with each other has made a big impact in them already. The richness they receive is requested to be transmitted to the formandi.
The experience the formators had on the Martyrdom of the Claretians in Barbastro and few other places made an immense impression in them on the idea of mission in the Congregation. Working for greater glory of God by all means possible was extremely emphasized throughout the sessions. The same moving experiences were expected to pass on to the student as well.
All what has been learning is being integrated by the formators through the personal and communitarian prayers. The regular sharing and prayerful thoughts during the liturgy are recurrent. The group of formators and the animators are highly grateful for all the Claretians who have turn out to help the group in numerous ways.