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.


Deaconate Ordinations

Morogoro Tanzania, Saturday, October 1, 2011.

diaconate morogonoFive of our students received Diaconate Order at the Chapel of the theologate in Morogoro - Tanzania. Two of them are from Tanzania, two from India and one from Kenya. They were ordained deacons together with other 19 students belonging to different congregations by Most Rev. Telescuno Mkwande, the bishop of Morogoro . During his homily he reminded the candidates on the import of service to God and humanity, which constitutes the core of the diaconate ministry. After the ordination ceremony, there was reception of the ordained deacons as well as an agape meal with friends and relations in the seminary community.
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The Encounter of Formators-Iberia

formators iberiaGranada, Spain. The annual encounter of Iberian Claretians took place from 25th to 29th July, 2011 in the Clartetian house in Granada.  Ten formators participated in the encounter representing the provinces of Betica (3), Catalunya (1), Euskal Herria (1), portugal (2), Santiago (2) and General prefecture of formation  (1).  The group treated the theme of “Discernment in formation” facilitated by Fr. Diego Molina SJ with both theoretical inputs and practical excercises.

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Theology students evaluate JPIC distant education program

nivas indiaMeetingClaret Nivas, Barackpore: The visit of Bros. Arnel Alcober and Robert Omondi from the General secretariat of JPIC in Rome was an occasion to evaluate the JPIC distant education diploma course undertaken by the Claretian theology students of Chennai province in Barackpore, India.

The pilot program of JPIC diploma course is offered by Duquesne University in USA to promote JPIC consciousness among seminarians.

Three congregations representing the continents of Africa and Asia are participating in this pilot program which began in the year 2010. The participants are the Oblates of Mary (South Africa), the Spiritans (Zimbabwe) and the Claretians (India). Bro. Arnel from the general secretariat facilitated the participation of the Claretians.

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