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.


Gazing the Future - Srilankan Formators Meet

Claretian Formators meetFebruary 4-7, 2012
The Claretian mission in Srilanka has opened a new chapter in its history when it became a dependent delegation of the German province on 2nd February 2012. It is significant that the first event held in the new delegation was the meeting of all the missionaries working in the all the formation houses in the country, though there are no novices in the current year. There were seven participants. It was an enriching moment of sharing the common vision of claretian formation based on the chapter resolutions. The encounter also discussed the delegation’s new formation plan. In the encounter some practical aspects like discernment, integral vision of the person and formative interventions were dealt with.  Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, General prefect of formation, animated the encounter. Fr. Stefan Wolfgang, the provincial of Germany, too shared his hopes and expectations with the group. In Srilanka there are 27 prenovices and 16 professed claretians in initial formation.

Formators Encounter Ascla East

Ascla East FormatorsJanuuary 19-26, 2012
The formators of Ascla East came together in Claret Spirituality center in Manila for seven days  for a seminar on formation. 17 participants from the major organisms of Phillipines, Indonesia and East Asia participated in the event. Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, General prefect of formation and Fr. Leo Dalmao, provincial of Phillipines, were present in the encounter and animated some sessions. 

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Ordinations in Indonesia

Kupang, Indonesia,14th of September 2011. Eight of our deacons were ordained to Priesthood together with other sixteen deacons by Papal nuncio to Indonesia ,Mgr. Antonio Guido Pillipazi.ordination indonesia

Mgr. Petrus Turang ,the Arch Bishop of Kupang was the concelebrant on that occasion. Governor , Mayor and some other important Government officials too attended the function. Many Priests, Sisters, brothers and a large number of faithful graced the event by their presence. On the following day, 15th of September, the new priests celebrated their Thanks Giving Mass in Seminari Hati Maria, the Curia of the Delegation. It was an event marked with simplicity and deep spiritual significance for the Delegation.