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On October 14th, 2019 in Kimwenza, Father Gode Manunga, Society of Divine Word, National Director of the PMSs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, came to give us a missionary formation related to this extraordinary missionary month, under the theme, “BAPTIZED AND SENT: the Church of Christ on mission in the world”.
The formation course began after the opening speech by Sr. Claudine Obuna, coordinator of the Kimwenza Inter-Novitiate. It was attended by novices and formators from 10 congregations.
The meeting was divided into 3 parts. In the first part, the history of the PMSs was thoroughly examined. In the second part we reflected on the meaning of the word “extraordinary missionary month” for this year 2019. It has been a great opportunity to encourage us to be missionaries, “Not notaries of faith” as Pope Francis said during the homely for the beginning of the missionary month. In the third part we reflected on how we will live the mission after the extraordinary missionary month and on concrete practical solutions for each community.
The day ended with the prayer of the missionary rosary and a song of sending on mission. Claudine OBUNA, RMI
A good number of Claretian missionaries from the General House and the province of Europe participated on October 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the prayer and inauguration of the "COMMON HOUSE TEND". A physical space for meeting, listening and prayer for all who want to know the reality and spirituality of the Amazon during the synodal time (October 6-28)
The Vigil has been a celebratory meeting with the presence of Amazonian peoples, religious life, city people, voluntaries and synodic parents. It has been a good preparation at the beginning of the synod work.
On October 4 and 5, 2019, the Education Commission of the Unions of Superiors and Superiors General, in which Priscilla L. prefect general of apostolic mission, collaborates, has organized the VIII EDUCATOR TRAINING Seminar on the subject: "Innovate from the roots, with meaning." The theme has been developed by Professor AUGUSTO IBÁÑEZ, Director of Education of the SANTA MARÍA Foundation (SM). Fr. Samson EHEMBA (Piarist) member of the Gravissimun Educationis Foundation and who works in Senegal.
Around 100 people from different institutions and congregations have participated. In a workshop dynamic, we have worked on the sense of educational innovation looking at the moment that Catholic schools live in the background of some key questions: “what is” and “for what” the Catholic School? How to achieve a differential, meaningful, sustainable transformation that generates an integral quality education?
We arrived to the conviction that the key to addressing these issues is to reflect on the identity and, from there, articulate and give meaning to innovation.
On the 5th, we celebrated the Eucharist presided by Mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani, secretary to the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See. At the end of the celebration, he presented the motivation and objectives of the Global Education Pact announced by Pope Francis on May 14, 2020.
After the UISG President Jolanta K., our Superior General, greeted the participants at the seminar,, motivating to continue sharing and illuminating experiences, to transform through education, the ‘common home’ and with the richness of the charisms color out the educational paths by learning from each other ...
On October 1st , memory of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and the beginning of the extraordinary missionary month, the General Government of the Claretian Missionaries and the General Government of the Claretian Missionary sisters met at the center “Ad Gentes” of the congregation of Verbo Divino in Nemi (Rome).
The “Appreciative Inquiry” methodology was further deepened, which, in its practical application, was used in the discernment to promote and realize missionary collaboration in family spirit.The meeting concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist and fraternal meal.
We begin the month of October and the Pope invites us to celebrate an extraordinary missionary month: "I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment as we commemorate the centenary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919)" (Pope Francisco). Certainly, an opportunity of conversion to Jesus, of pastoral renewal and missionary animation is offered to the whole people of God and in a special way to us Claretian Missionary Sisters. Thus, it is a special invitation to renew our baptismal and charismatic responsibility, in which the Lord has consecrated us and has granted us the grace to follow Christ, in imitation of the Apostles in the mission of the Church of announcing until death the Gospel in the whole world. Let us live and feel with the local Churches all the activities that the Spirit’s creativity would inspire us for.