Quezon City. The EAST ASCLA FORMATORS’ GATHERING was held at Claret Retreat House in Quezon City, Philippines from January 19 to 28, 2012. The event was attended by 17 participants coming from the formation houses and vocation ministers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and East Asia (China). The gathering was spearheaded by Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, CMF, General Prefect of Formation and the prefects of formation and delegates with the Philippines as the sponsor of this year’s gathering.
The gathering started with the welcome address given by Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Province. Fr. Matthew Vattamattam, CMF, gave the overview and objective of the gathering. Fr. Restituto A. Audal Jr., CMF, presented the schedule of the talks and the speakers and the activities. The first talk entitled the Value of the Eucharist as Formators and Claretians given by Fr. Victor Sadaya, CMF. The second talk was given by Fr. Karel S. San Juan, SJ, Director of the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Integration, entitled Formation and Formative Accompaniment. The third talk was given by Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF on Discernment. And the fourth to sixth talks namely: Formation as Transformation, and Formative Intervention Part One and Two were given by Fr. Matthew Vattamattam, CMF.
The talks elicited various evaluations and challenges on both the needs of the formators and theformation programs of respective provinces and delegations. In the end of the gathering, it brought out proposals for a collaborative interventions with and among formators in East ASCLA.
Part of the activities of the said gathering is the Cultural Nights sponsored by different delegations and province and the Manila Tour where they visited the Claretian communities in Quezon City and some historical and tourist sites around Manila and Makati City. The gathering concluded with a Solidarity Night held at St. Anthony Mary Claret College Seminary with cultural presentations coming from the seminarians in the Scholasticate and the College. The RMI Claretian Missionary Sisters were also invited to join the Solidarity Night with their aspirants, postulants, and novices presenting their respective cultural dances and songs.