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Quiero empezar la presentación de nuestro boletín con unas palabras de agradecimiento a Dios por todos los dones recibidos desde la publicación del número anterior, y expresando de nuevo nuestro agradecimiento a todas las personas que nos han acompañado en nuestro caminar como Delegación. En especial pienso en el don tan grande que es para nosotros el hecho de la profesión y ordenación de algunos de nuestros hermanos coreanos y la primera profesión del novicio de China Continental John Xueruijun.En estas páginas vais a encontrar expuestos algunos de los acontecimientos de mayor realce en el caminar de nuestra Delegación durante estos últimos meses.

Por mi parte quiero evocar brevemente tres de los acontecimientos que he vivido personalmente pero que tienen también una gran importancia para toda la Delegación.
En primer lugar quiero mencionar la visita canónica que efectué durante el mes de septiembre pasado para dejar constancia del buen espíritu misionero que encontré en todas las comunidades. Creo que es remarcable la dedicación de parte de todos para llevar con responsabilidad y entrega los trabajos apostólicos que les han sido confiados. Que el Señor y Nuestra Madre continúen acompañándonos para que podamos llevar a cabo según el espíritu de Claret la misión que nos ha sido confiada como comunidad misionera.

El segundo acontecimiento extraordinario al que pude asistir personalmente junto con el P. Takenobu Shinji fue la apertura del Año Bicentenario del nacimiento de P. Claret que se celebró solemnemente en Sallent y Vic los días 20 y 21 de Octubre. Fue una gracia poder sentir en el lugar que vio nacer al P. Claret hace 200 años la universalidad de la Congregación actual. Espero que este Año Bicentenario sea para todos nosotros un Año de Gracia, y que sea también un tiempo de renovación para nuestra Delegación.

El tercer acontecimiento es el que acabamos de celebrar aquí en Brasil en donde estoy escribiendo estas líneas. Se trata del encuentro de todos los Superiores Mayores de la Congregación para preparar el próximo Capítulo General que tendrá lugar en verano del 2009. Aquí en Sao Paulo hemos podido experimentar la belleza del rostro cada vez más pluricultural de la Congregación. Esta multiculturalidad en la que nos encontramos sumergidos en el mundo de hoy, además de ser una gran riqueza humana y espiritual, comporta también grandes desafíos para cada uno de nosotros como misioneros claretianos y para el conjunto de la Congregación si queremos el llevar a cabo la misión universal que nos ha sido confiada. Durante estos días de encuentro congregacional hemos sentido la necesidad de profundizar en la comprensión y vivencia de nuestra identidad claretiana para poder responder a estos grandes desafíos.

Que nuestro Padre Fundador, de manera especial durante este Año Bicentenario nos ayude en este proceso de renovación y revitalización que intentaremos llevar a cabo como preparación para el próximo Capítulo General.
El lema del Año Bicentenario es “Nacido para evangelizar”. Que este lema se convierta para cada uno de los miembros de nuestra Delegación en una llamada a tomar conciencia más profunda de nuestra vocación misionera claretiana. A todos os deseo, pues, ¡qué sea un Año lleno del espíritu de San Antonio María Claret!

Que las celebraciones que podamos ir haciendo durante este año en cada uno de los países de nuestra Delegación ayuden no sólo a dar a conocer mejor el P. Claret sino también a vivir más profundamente su espíritu misionero hoy. 

Words of Introduction

I want to start our weblog with words of thanks to God for all the gifts we have received since the publication of the last issue, and once again our thanks to all those who have accompanied us in our journey as a Delegation. I especially remember such a great gift given us with the profession and ordination of some of our Korean brothers and the first profession of our novice from Mainland China, John Xueruijin.

In the following articles you will find some of the recent events that have marked our journey as a Delegation in these past months. I would like to briefly recall three of these events that I had personally been part of, and are also very important for the whole Delegation.
First, let me refer to the canonical visitation I did in September 2007, which left me with the impression of the strong missionary zeal all our communities have. It is wonderful to see everyone’s wholehearted dedication in responsibly carrying out the apostolic work entrusted to us. May the Lord and our Mother always accompany us that we may bring to completion according to the spirit of Claret the mission entrusted to us as a missionary community.

The second extraordinary event I want to mention is the solemn opening celebration of the bicentennial of Claret’s birth in Sallent and Vic on October 20 and 21. I was there with Fr. Shinji Takenobu. It was a real blessing to be able to witness in the very place Claret was born 200 years ago the universality of our Congregation today. I hope that this Bicentennial Year will be a year of grace for all of us, and also a time of renewal for our Delegation.

The third event is the one we have just celebrated here in Brazil, where I am writing these words to you: the Major Superiors Meeting in preparation of the next General Chapter of the Congregation in 2009. Here, in Sao Paolo, we experience the beauty of the multicultural face of our Congregation. Such multiculturality in which we find ourselves in our present world, besides its human and spiritual richness, also brings with it great challenges for each of us as Claretian missionaries and for the whole Congregation if we want to bring to completion the universal mission entrusted to us. During these days when we gather as a Congregation, we realized that we need to deepen our understanding of and to live our Claretian identity in order to respond to these great challenges.

May our Father Founder, especially during this bicentennial year, help us in this process of renewal and revitalization as we prepare for the coming General Chapter.

“Born to Evangelize” – this is the motto of the bicentenary. May this become for every member of our Delegation a call for greater realization of our Claretian missionary vocation. Therefore, I wish all of you a year full of the spirit of St. Anthony M. Claret!

As our Delegation celebrates this year in every country where we are, may our celebration help us not only to know Father Claret better but also to live more intensely his missionary spirit today.

Fin dal princio del nostro servizio apostolico in questa parrocchia di Keelung (Taiwan) “Sacro Cuore di Gesú”, si ha sempre curato di mettere in risalto le notre feste claretttiane col fine di una presentazione del Claret e della Sua Amata Congregazione ad un pubblico praticamente senza alcuna conoscenza al riguardo: Novene al Cuore Immacolato di Maria, Claret, Martiri di Barbastro, Pubblicazione di una traduzione di un opuscoletto sul Claret, Martiri di Barbastro, Immaginette con Preghiere…I Fedeli poco a poco durante questa decina d’anni si sono andati facendo almeno una idea, se non qualcosa di piú.Quest’ultima celebrazione ci é capitata “ad hoc” per chiarificare ed approfondire l’esistenza e lo spirito del Claret trasmessoci nella e attraverso la Sua Congregazione ed altri Gruppi Clarettiani.Un piano concreto e semplice in poche linee scritte… ma piú che impegnative per la nostra piccola Comunitá Cristiana:

1) Una settimana di preghiera centrata nel Claret, con culmine nel 21 di ottobre: “Giornata Missionaria Mondiale” transfomata in “2007-Universal Claretian Misionary Day-2008” (pur con la Participazione naturalmente di Caritas Taipei.)

2) Pubblicazione della II Edizione –traduzione in Cinese- dell’Opuscoletto “San Antonio Maria Claret Archivescovo” sotto il Nuovo Titolo: “San Antonio Maria Claret Missionario Apostolico” in mille copie da distribuire non solo ai nostri fedeli ma pure alle sette parrocchie limitrofi di Keelung nonché al Clero e Religiosi di Taipei in occasione di Retiro Mensile o Coferenze.

Quest’ultima celebrazione ci é capitata “ad hoc” per chiarificare ed approfondire l’esistenza e lo spirito del Claret trasmessoci nella e attraverso la Sua Congregazione ed altri Gruppi Clarettiani.

Un piano concreto e semplice in poche linee scritte… ma piú che impegnative per la nostra piccola Comunitá Cristiana:

1) Una settimana di preghiera centrata nel Claret, con culmine nel 21 di ottobre: “Giornata Missionaria Mondiale” transfomata in “2007-Universal Claretian Misionary Day-2008” (pur con la Participazione naturalmente di Caritas Taipei.)

2) Pubblicazione della II Edizione –traduzione in Cinese- dell’Opuscoletto “San Antonio Maria Claret Archivescovo” sotto il Nuovo Titolo: “San Antonio Maria Claret Missionario Apostolico” in mille copie da distribuire non solo ai nostri fedeli ma pure alle sette parrocchie limitrofi di Keelung nonché al Clero e Religiosi di Taipei in occasione di Retiro Mensile o Coferenze.

3) Preparare “una giornata attrente” (Colorful and Joyful Day) con invito aperto a tutti, vicini e lontani, cinesi o emigranti: Pesca di Benificenza e Bazar.
La Benedizione del Signore con una bella giornata e la presenza di tanti amici coronarono “il tutto” con un giorno gioioso di famiglia, in un ambiente di spirito Claret: condividere beni spirituali e frutti di collaborazione fraterna da transmettre a Fratelli e Sorelle piú bisognosi in altri luoghi nel mondo: (3000 US$).
In una lettera aperta indirizzata al P.Generale nonche al Procuratore Generale, i Rappresentanti della Comunitá, espressavano il desiderio di usare la piccola somma per la costruzione del progetto Clarettiano in Africa di un noviziato, augurandosi cosi di collaborare in qualche maniera alla formazione di nuovi misionari, allo stile del Claret: Propagazione della Fede in tutto il Mondo.

– Fr. Mario Bonfaini

Claret’s Bicentenary

Since the beginning of our apostolic service in the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Keelung (Taiwan), we have always tried to emphasize the Claretian feasts throughout the liturgical year. Those days, like the novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Founder’s day, and Barbastro Martyrs’, were cherished springboards to present Claret and his beloved Congregation to a public that mostly were unfamiliar with the life and charism of Claret and the Claretians. We also promoted the publication of a small booklet about St. Anthony Mary Claret and the Martyrs of Barbastro, and some Claretian prayers for personal devotion. As a matter of fact the “Apostolic Prayer” of our Founder has become a “sought-after prayer” in Taiwan parishes.Throughout these ten years the faithful have gained a comprehensive understanding of Claret’s life and charism, and that’s something we should rejoice about. This year’s celebration aimed for a better understanding of Claret’s apostolic mission, both through his life and the life of the Congregation and other groups that today form the Claretian Family
In a few and simple words, this is what our small Christian community has been doing during the year to commemorate his anniversary:1) A week of prayer centered in Claret, which ended on October 21, World Mission Day that was celebrated under the theme 2007–Universal Claretian Missionary Day–2008 (with the involvement of Caritas Taipei).2) Publication of the 2nd edition in Chinese of the booklet St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop and Apostolic Missionary. One thousand copies were distributed not only among the parishioners, but also in Keelung’s nearby parishes and among the priests who were present in the Taipei Diocese monthly retreat.3) Celebration of a parish festival, “Colorful and Joyful Day,” open to all, close and afar, Taiwanese or foreigner, highlights of which were the charity sale and the open market. The parish festival was blessed by the Lord with a wonderful sunny day (something not so common in Keelung) and with the presence of many friends, which was a perfect and joyful family day imbued with Claret’s spirit. Pooling our resources and spiritual blessings in fraternal cooperation, and sharing our living faith with those around us and to the ends of the world, we collected USD 3,000 in total. In an open letter to our General Superior, the President of the Parish Council conveyed our common desire: that this amount of money be used to sponsor the construction of a novitiate in Africa, helping in this way in the formation of new missionaries in the style of Claret.Let’s bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
– Mario Bonfaini

To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of St. Anthony Mary Claret, the founder of the Claretians, a series of activities had been planned for this year. Upon the suggestion and encouragement of our pastor, Fr. Mario Bonfaini, our Christian community held the first charity bazaar at Sacred Heart Church in Keelung, Taiwan, since the church was founded, with the proceeds for the people most in need.

Without any experience in holding a bazaar, every member of the parish shared in planning and setting up the bazaar by offering one’s money, time or talent. Teachers and students of Sacred Heart Elementary School donated generously, even as our non-Christian friends also contributed enthusiastically for this cause of helping the poor in other parts of the world. Special mention goes to our dear Fr. Yao, who founded the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, for his financial assistance and the many religious items he gave to the bazaar, besides his encouragement and prayers.

“2007–Claretian Mission Day–2008” helped us to understand better the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers (sisters) of mine, you did for me.” We were really impressed by all who generously contributed in this fund-raising, Christians and non-Christians alike, united in helping those in need and sharing with them what they have. We believe that this was also what made Claret’s heart burn with zeal for the mission, which he expressed beautifully in these words, “My mission is to evangelize and let all peoples know that you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

今年是「聖母聖心愛子會」會祖聖安道柯樂仁200年誕辰紀念,修會計劃實施一系列活動以茲紀念, 臺灣基隆聖心天主堂在麥利歐神父鼓勵下,由傳協會策劃辦理自創堂以來第一次的義賣活動, 主旨為幫忙世界貧苦人們的募款活動。 因從未有辦理類似活動的經驗, 在麥神父指導下,動員傳協會全體委員及全體教友並達成共識-大家有錢出錢、有力出力,募集資金交由羅馬總會以幫助貧苦世人;特別的是包括聖心小學的小朋友、老師們及部份外教的朋友, 聽聞本次活動的消息, 瞭解是為幫助世界貧苦人們的募款活動, 紛紛共襄勝舉, 贊助本次活動; 尤其是本堂創堂姚蒙席, 不僅提供金錢上的資助, 亦提供多項聖物捐做義賣物品, 為活動增色不少。  從本次活動獲得極大迴響, 應驗聖經中天主的訓示:「為最小兄弟做的即是為天主做的」;值得一提的是, 眾多外教朋友知道本活動是為幫助世界貧苦人們的募款活動, 亦毫不吝嗇的慷慨解囊, 雖然信仰不同, 亦不分彼此奉獻大愛,為幫忙需要幫助的世人共同努力, 希望在2008 年能秉持本次活動初衷, 持續為宣揚耶穌基督大愛而奉獻。

年我们的修会在庆祝圣安道柯乐仁(St Anthony M. Claret)诞辰200周年。在这样一个恩宠的时期,我想回顾一下我在中国的福传工作。1994年,我第一次来到中国。从那时起,我们的团体就派我去那里,让我访问那些小的村镇(黑龙江省教区),帮助当地的教友,培育他们的信仰,发展本地的教会。我非常高兴地接受了这个任务。有时3个月,有时20天,无论如何,这段在中国东北的教会访问的时间,我体会到了圣人的宣教热情。柯乐仁传福音的时候,不论环境好不好,或是有多么危险,他为了福传工作一直四处奔波。圣柯乐仁最重要的使命就是传播福音。柯乐仁的精神终于在这块土地出现了。今年我们圣母圣心爱子会为了见证天主对中国人的爱,已经在北京、澳门和哈尔滨开始服务。我和另一位韩国兄弟一起住在哈尔滨。目前,我们在黑龙江教区主教座堂为朝鲜族教友和韩国人主持主日弥撒。同时,我们也去访问哈尔滨周围,方圆300公里内的一些乡村的教会,在那里为教友服务。

今年庆祝柯乐仁诞辰200周年,我为了效仿圣人的宣教精神,再一次访问了我第一次来中国时所去过的地方,总共用了2周的时间。牡丹江、东宁与和平都去了。牡丹江离哈尔滨400公里左右。在那里有一座教堂,是当地朝鲜族教会使用的,大约有200名教友,人数最近14年没有改变。原因是有许多教友为了挣钱到韩国去了。

当地也有汉族教友的团体,大概有200位左右。我在牡丹江逗留了2-3天,辅导教理并带领避静。

3天后,坐了11个小时的火车,到了东宁县。当天上午,我首先去了绥芬河市。17年前,绥芬河市的教友只有17名。不过,现在超过140名了。这是本堂神父今年第一次去看望教友。他除了绥芬河(Suifenhe)以外,还要负责东宁(Dongning)、和平(Heping)和稻花(Daohua)4个教堂;此外还有16个小村镇。

这些堂口之间的距离,需要40分钟到3个小时的车程。我在绥芬河辅导教理;弥撒的时候,本堂神父给我提供了讲道的机会。第二天, 与本堂神父一起去了东宁堂口。来参加弥撒的教友很多,大概有550名。这座教堂12年前刚建成,可是今年跟那年情况差不多一样:很多教友参加弥撒时没有座位,而且不少教友只能在教堂外面参与弥撒,因为教堂太小,不能容纳这么多教友。虽然教友人数比以前更多,但是因为大部分教友比较贫穷,而没有办法修建新的教堂。

离开东宁后,我与本堂神父到了和平堂区,那里的教友有130名左右。这个堂口教友的信德很坚固,圣召也不少;这小个堂区培育了1位神父和2位修女。离开和平后,我们前往稻花。这里是一个对我有特殊意义的地方。1995年,我就访问了这里,当时有130位教友。一年后,他们用韩国教友的奉献建立了一座新的教堂。

10年后,2006年,在这座教堂,我们与教区神父一起奉献了10周年庆典弥撒。这个堂区特奉我们的修会的会祖圣安道柯乐仁(St Anthony M Claret)为主保圣人。目前,教友人数为390名。在这里的圣召(vocation)越来越多,目前为止有2位神父,13位修女,2位修士,还有3个人准备进入修院。教友人数也在增加。我感到天主的祝福与恩宠在特别地眷顾着中国的教会。

通过这次的福传行程,我得到了一个很重要的体会。那就是福传使徒的工作算不了什么,一切都是天主的恩赐。传福音的人要为天主的光荣,好好做他的仆人,成为他的工具,努力在我们的在世界实现天主的国。这应该就是柯乐仁本人的想法吧。

– Br. Joo Paul cmf.

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