24th octuber was the first anniversary of our Polish group officially joining the Lay Claretian Movement. They celebrated the day together with the Claretian Missionaries. Congratulations!!
They are a small group, but with a lot of live. Here is the list of activities and events they are organising in the next months. Please pray for them and for the participants.
25-27 September – A retreat for the members of the Lay Claretian Group in Poland (with the assessor, Fr. Robert Pyrka CMF). They are going to discuss the General Assembly and its final documents (Memoria, Propuestas, and Documento Final). They also want to discuss the challenges for our Group and the strategy for the next years.
11-13 December – A retreat for the youths from Frankfurt in Germany. They have been invited by Fr. Antoni Piskorek CMF. The meeting will be based on YouCat and some other materials.
2nd part of January – They have invited a representative from Open Doors, an organisation that helps persecuted Christians around the world. The meeting will be held in the Claretian Missionaries Seminary.
They continue their Evang on Skype meetings. They will also (on request) visit various parishes and groups and tell them about the Lay Claretian Movement.
And last but not least, if time allows, Przemek will take some Spanish course!
The I Meeting of Solidarity and Mission took place in Managua from the 28th September to the 3rd of October, 2015. The objective here was to strengthen and and articulate the Teams of JPIC, Interculturality and Procure of the Central American Province.
The meeting was held with representatives of the 6 countries which make up the province: Claretians, men and women, and Lay Claretians men and women. The work focused on the analysis of the regional reality in order to locate the present challenges and develop strategies.
In this meeting our experiences were shared; experiences based on our missionary service to the Word, enlightened by the Encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Declaration of the XXV General Chapter of the Congregation. All the participants returned to our posts encouraged, with new lights, and with clear mechanisms and strategies for the provincial articulation in these important concerns of our life and mission.
In this journey we have done together we have also met our claretian sisters from San Pedro Sula. With them we have shared the school of the Word with the participation of all novices from Latin America including sister Josiane de Freitas Santos who took part in our General Assembly of Lay Claretians in Aparecida. Father Vidal Pérez, MICLA’s executive secretary, was also present offering us a workshop on biblical hermeneutics
We are impelled to walk together. The meeting has been a joyful experience, living in the light of the Word our shared responsibility in the proclamation of the gospel.
On 27th, 28th and 29th November, a national claretian meeting on Bible will be held in Atlántida. Representatives from the movement will be Martha Aguilar, Karla Valdivieso, Jorge Umana and Doris Rubio together with other lay claretians in discernment. It is intended to serve as preparation for the Central American meeting which will take place in Managua from the 18th to the 23rd of January, 2016.
We thank you for your prayers in this process that we have initiated. I encourage all communities to go ahead with the proclamation of the gospel.
Please accept my best personal regards from Honduras.
Juan Carlos Díaz (Delegate of JPIC Lay Claretians)