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2017 East Asia Delegation Assembly

DSC 0091From October 3 to 6 the claretians from East Asia Delegation gathered in the the Choc Van Center in Macao to hold their Assembly. 26 claretians working in Japan, Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong and China met to share their life and mission. It was a time for coming together as one family under the same Spirit of our Founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret. The atmosphere of the meeting was pleasant and it was a fruitful time for evaluation, discussion and sharing based on the present situation of our Delegation, especially in the light of the last XXV General Chapter and the letter of the General: Called to Radiate the Joy of the Gospel. All the participants were actively involved in all the sessions throughout these 4 days of get-together. It was a great opportunity to reflect on and review as a community the various ministries of our Delegation in these regions. The sharing session on the Church in Mainland China by the Nuncio, Msgr. Ante Jozic helped us to better understand the possibilities and the challenges of the China Mission for the Congregation. Some of the friends and collaborators of Claretians in Macao came to share with the Assembly participants their “Candlelight” ministry. There was also a moment of joyous celebration, as the Assembly joined Macao’s community celebration of the feast of Father Claret, the beatification of our 109 Martyrs, and the Golden Jubilee of the Ordination of Fr. Mario Bonfaini with a solemn Eucharistic celebration at St. Lawrence Church on 5 October followed by a reception dinner with over 300 guests. We concluded the celebration of our Delegation Assembly on October 6 look forward to our next Delegation Assembly to be held in 2021 in Hong Kong.

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2017 China Mission Meeting

thumbnailThe China Mission Meeting of the East Asia Delegation began on October 2, 2017 with fresh dreams about our ministry in Mainland China. This time the venue is the Choc Van Pastoral Center in Coloane, Macao. The meeting began with an exhortation “Let God take over”. All the Claretian Missionaries who are working in Chinese Speaking area were present for the meeting. The main purpose of this China meeting was to think seriously on re-establishing our community there. It was also an opportunity to look concretely the recent developments of the church in China with the perspective of our ministries in the field of vocation promotion and mission. One of the things that came into the discussion was how to coordinate the many works we do in China individually and to redefine and qualify the objectives of our missionary presence in the mainland.

Bobin P.
China Meeting Secretary

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A European in China

mmexport1500900001558Being a European in China can make you feel like an alien, especially if you go to the rural areas where foreigners are rarely seen, and try to live with the local people. There are three options for an “alien” like you: show your difference, try to hide it, or accept it with naturalness. I chose the third and I saw that we actually had more things in common than I had previously thought.
Yes, it´s true that the Spanish people think from the particular to the general and the Chinese from the general to the particular. For example, a Spaniard writes his home address starting with the street and finishing with the country while a Chinese does the opposite. When a Spaniard does something he thinks in terms of the result, but a Chinese thinks of the process. I discovered this when the Chinese students laughed at me when I tried to copy a Chinese character.
But all of us have the same dreams, hopes and feelings, and there is a language stronger than all the other languages, a language beyond words or borders. This language is born in the heart of people and is spoken with the eyes, the body… with one’s life.

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