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.


Students visit the Claretian places in Madrid

madrid visitThe streets of Madrid welcomed us, the Claretian students, as we began the celebration of  Claretian Week  with a visit to the places related to our Founder in Madrid on 28th February 2014. We, the Claretian students from Poland, Granada, Euskadi and Colmenar Viejo tried to imagine the apostolic life of father founder Claret in the heart of the city. We were accompanied by Severiano Blanco cmf, who took us to the places where Father Founder lived after his appointment as royal confessor of Isabella II. We also discovered the first trails where Claretians began their presence in Madrid.

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Wardha-Silver Jubilee National Seminar

The Importance of Philosophical Studies in Priestly and Religious Formation

wardha jubilee-1Claretian Ashram, College of Philosophy organized a National Seminar on “The Importance of Philosophical Education in Priestly and Religious Formation” on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee on 7th and 8th of February 2014. On 7th evening the seminar was solemnly inaugurated Rev. Dr Saju Chackalackal cmi, the President of Dharmaram Vidhya Kshetram Bangalore, at a formal public function at 6.30pm in the presence of a whopping 200 participants. Dr Augustine Mundiath, the Rector and President of Claretian Ashram, welcomed the Chief Guest, the speakers, the moderators and all the participants. There were 6 prominent speakers from renowned institutes across the county. The participants, who were brothers of both Darsana and Clartetian Ashram and sisters especially those in formations from the neighbouring communities of different congregations, registered their attendance from 6.00pm onwards for the seminar.

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Encounter of Formators-Iberia

iberia conferenceJuly 26-30,2013, Province of Euskel Herria

The annual meeting of the Prefects of formation and the formators of Iberia From 26 to 30 July, 2013, was held at the Claret residence of Atalaia. This time the meetings was also open to other Claretian organisms in Europe.

The participants of the meeting were: Almeida, Remualdo Vincent de Sousa (Portugal); Armengol, Josep (Catalonia); Hernández, José María (Betica); Kamiruaga, Joseba (Euskal Herria); Lamarca, Juan Antonio (Betica); Przybylo, Lukasz (Poland); Sanz, Jose Ramon (Santiago); Wolf, Stefan (Germany); Zanga, Pierre (France).

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