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Revisiting our Erstwhile Missions in Anhui

IMG 20170809 WA0005The past of our Congregation’s ministry in China was filled with dramatic turns and twists of events. Our ministry was immortalized by the martyrdom of Briega who, though not in Chinese soil, shed his blood for China. As China still remains an enigma as far as evangelization is concerned, maintaining our relationship with the community that was formed by our predecessors is a privilege rather than a responsibility to remain relevant as ministers of the word in China.

My first visit to Huangshan, the holy ground of our ministry in China was made to visit the few living faithful who knew our missionaries personally. I met two of them, Nicholas and Liberado. They were students of the medical college run by Bro. Torres CMF in the 1947-48 batch which consisted of 9 students.

The story of Nicholas is already familiar to many Claretians through the book we had published ‘Retracing their FOOTPRINTS’. Nicholas survived 20 years of incarceration in the jail for being a Catholic by transcribing the Spanish New Testament that he had managed to smuggle into the jail. That handwritten copy is preserved with us in Macau. Fr. Mario procured a papal blessing for Nicholas he received with great emotion.

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路上的悄声

5去年在菲律宾初学院生活了短短两周,不知道为何我对每周日徒步到十五公里外的村庄服务乐此不彼,虽然一天徒步三十公里已经体力透支,但心神的愉悦却使我精神抖擞!我将这份奇特的心理和感觉归功于天主对我的召叫!
在不久前接到了修院导师Jose Ramon的通知,我可以去走雅各之路,那是圣雅各伯宗徒传道,解惑和埋葬之地,虽然以前去过,但面对这独有的西班牙文化,渴望之火在心中燃烧。对我而言这不仅仅是朝圣之路,更是我圣召之路的沙盘,我要在这里标注我的修道坐标!

3我们选的这条路不是很长,每天21km 左右共十二天。期间我们有1-2小时的默想和分享时间,在这段时间我对我的圣召理解颇多,远远多于由于徒步身体上,精神上所带给我的挑战!

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2017 summer camp in Wulai.

2At the end of December 2016 the Claretian Missionaries took on the pastoral animation of the Parish-Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. The Parish has its center in Wulai, and also has a chapel in a 20 km. away village: Fu-shan. Some 20 Catholic families live in Fu-shan; there the Mass is celebrated every Friday night. Thursdays is the time for home visits, prayer and song rehearsal. One of our pastoral guidelines is the support and promotion of youth ministry and for this reason the youth group were entrusted with the mission of preparing a summer camp for kids. Many years ago, this parish that organized summer camps for more than 200 children each.
The youth group took it with great enthusiasm and responsibility, although at first they feared that may be not enough children would join the activity... it had been a long time since the last summer camp and we did not know how the response to this proposal would be. Indeed, it was much better than we expected, 27 children took part (from third grade elementary to first grade middle school), five of them did not belong to the Parish.
7It was three days and two nights in which the parish youth group became actively involved and had the logistic support of several parents; In the end, once fears and difficulties were over, everyone was happy and satisfied with the experience, both the young people and the parents who made it possible as well as the kids who joined.
The challenge now is to strengthen the youth group, provide it with a clear identity and mission, and to start working, among other things, in the preparation of next year's camp, which we hope will be a week long one.

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