On June 10, 2017 the Parish Councils of the different parishes we are serving in Taiwan (Assumption, Sacred Hearts, John the Baptist, Fatima and Zhonghe chapel) came together to Wulai Fatima Farish for a day of fraternal sharing as well as to have an opportunity to better know each other and the mission and charism of the Claretian Missionaries. The day started with a meditation-presentation of the life and spiritual journey of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, from his childhood in Sallent to his exiled death in Fontfroide. We got to know about the pillars of his spiritual experience and his unceasing missionary thrust, always trusting God’s plan and will. Then, each missionary position presented its parish council and the basic lines of their pastoral plan.
After a simple lunchbox we continued in the afternoon presenting the different activities leading to the celebration this October 2017 of the Claretian mission day and sharing some input from the different parish councils. To facilitate a deeper experience, from May on each month will have a different activity to help us getting closer to Claretian spirituality and mission. Claret’s devotion to Mary, his missionary thrust, the witnessing of Claretian martyrs, missionary action entwined with mystique, Claretian universal mission… all will be present throughout the different months until October.
This first encounter is a stepping stone in the way towards “Shared Mission”, one of the central accents of our last General Chapter, called to be missionaries who join and welcome others into one common mission: Your Kingdom come!