To Progress and Grow in Him

Dear Brothers:


The recently held XXV General Chapter declares among others the following:

“To progress and grow as disciples, called by the Master to be with Him, and to be sent as witnesses and messengers, until we are transformed as was our Father Founder throughout the course of his life (MS no. 75).”

As indicated, this number refers directly to formation. In the next six years the efforts of the Congregation in this area is geared towards this direction.


Joy, a Guiding Star of Formation Process

light of lifeMy novice master Fr. Franz Dirnberger used to ask us frequently, “ Are you happy?”, expecting the response of a “yes” from the young novices. For him an unhappy novice was a paradox and it was an indicator that an unhappy novice was not meant for this form of life, unless he worked out his difficulties and returned to the “natural joy” of consecrated life.

Absence of joy in everyday life or presence of pervading sadness in a Claretian speaks loudly about his vocational integrity. Consecrated life is a free response to the loving call of the Lord heard in the interior of a person. Often one may find it difficult to hear the call amidst so many of the sounds are furies trumpeting within him and he may find himself pulled and pushed by the many attractions they promise. Unless one learns to enter into the zone of interior silence, it is easy to get confused and get lost in the cacophony composed by the conflicting calls. Cultivation of inner silence and practice of meditation and Lectio Divina are important ways to recognize the voice of the Lord and recover the joy of life.


The Change that Changes Everything

the changeLooking at the formation programs which aim at promoting change and transformation, a formator may wonder what is that change which changes everything in a person. In other words, what is that change which, if it does not happen, there is no real change in a person even if one advances in age and accumulate academic degrees. Only very few formees are naturally tuned to benefit from the formation programs and grow towards higher levels of transcendence. It is after initial formation when life offers serious challenges that some religious go through the process of "breaking and building", the Pasqual mystery of dying to the old and rising to new life. Such a change often begins to happen in people at crucial moments of their lives. It can be through an encounter with a person, an escape from an accident, an illness, a failure, an experience of betrayal….


The Center of Formation in our Formation Centers

creationAs we are learning to make sense of the prophetic act of Pope Benedict XVI in his resignation and his onward journey as a fellow pilgrim in contemplation, prayer and study, I would like to take one of his constantly repeated affirmations as central axis for our formation process. The Pope repeatedly said, "being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction… since God has first loved us" (Deus Caritas Est 1).   He has reiterated it again in his Lenten message.


Claretian Week Celebrated in Sri Lanka

Kattuwa, Srilanka, 26-31, May, 2015.

cmfweek-srilnkaa-2015As proposed by the General Prefecture of Formation we have celebrated the Claretian week at the Delegation Level for the first time in Sri Lanka. It was arranged to facilitate all the students in all stages of formation. The spirituality committee of the Dependent Delegation was organizing this event. The event was planned in two phases.

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Claretian Family day in Srilanka

Kandy, Srilanka, July 19,  2014

claretians day 038The 2nd Claretian Family Day was held at Claret Nivas, Gurudeniya-Kandy, Sri Lanka on 18th and 19th July 2014. Altogether 57 Claretian Fathers, Sisters, Students, postulants and aspirants participated in it. Fr. C.Y.P. Joseph gave the keynote address on "Relevance of Evangelizing Methods of St. Claret for the Church of Sri Lanka Today".

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Priestly ordinations in Nigeria

Oweri, 16th July, 2014

550The solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which was well prepared in the different Claretian communities and parishes this year was celebrated together by all in the Provincialate at Owerri. The celebration was coupled with the priestly ordination of our 6 missionaries.  Achebe Anthony, Ekong Patrick,  Mmuo Matthew, Obilo Marcellinus and Ukata Emmanuel are from the province of East Nigeria while Opara Kenneth is from the West Delegation.

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