It is with great joy that we are sending you this partial communication about our ongoing Encounter with Claret here in Vic, Spain, especially on the occasion of the birth of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary which is today the 8th of September.
The program, initiated by the General Prefecture on Formation, is presently facilitated by Fr. Jesu Doss, CMF and Fr. Jesus Palacios, CMF. A total of 16 participants are in attendance, coming from our different English-speaking Provinces and Delegations of the Congregation. (Bangalore-3; Chennai-2; East Asian Delegation-2; Gabon-1; Indonesia and East Timor-2; North East India-2; Philippines-1; St. Thomas-1; and West Nigeria-2)
The encounter, which officially started September 1, begun with a day of recollection. The first week of this month introduced all participants to the person of our founder and the more significant places vis-à-vis the geographical context of St. Anthony Mary Claret (Sallent, Fussimanya, Vic, Seva, Viladrau, Espinelves, Barcelona, to name a few).
Part of the daily Eucharistic celebrations that we have is to celebrate it with other Religious Communities which played key roles in the life of our founder and the early years of the congregation´s foundation (e.g. Santa Teresa Contemplative Convent, Vedruna Sisters´ Convent, San Miguel de los Santos Convent)
The second week of this encounter will bring the participants to Fontfroide, France, Cervera and Barbastro, Zaragoza, La Granja, Segovia and El Escorial. This week aims to deepen more the participants´ understanding of Claret and the Congregation while setting a fresh gaze on the martyrial dimension of our vocation as best exemplified by our very own Martyrs of Barbastro.
As we move forward in this fraternal encounter, we humbly ask for your continuous prayers for all the participants and facilitators.
May this occasion not only bring us understanding of our collective spiritual and congregational roots, but a deeper appreciation of our missionary vocation, mission and community life as Claretians in our contemporary time. Caritas Christi Urget Nos.