Lisbon, Portugal. Four Filipino Claretians attended the recently concluded Encounter of Prefects of Apostolate held at the Pius XII High School of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal convened by the General Prefecture of Apostolate last July 26 to August 5, 2014 and participated by 40 Claretians from all over the congregation: Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF, the Prefect of Apostolate of the Claretian Missionaries – Philippine Province, Fr. Raymond Adormeo, CMF, Prefect of Apostolate of Independent Delegation of France, Fr. Benedict Dilag, CMF and Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF who both served as translators all throught the eleven-day encounter.
Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF presenting the realities of Asia.
The encounter started with the words of Fr. General, Josep Ma. Abella, CMF. Then it was divided into three parts. The first part is the report of each Major Organism and of each of the five continents regarding the situation of the Claretian mission in their respective area. Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF, as coordinator of the Prefects of Apostolate of Asia continent, presented the different situations and challenges in the Asian society today, the Asian Church and the Congregation in Asia. He also facilitated the different continental meetings and planninga held during the duration of the encounter.
The representatives of ASIA during the Encounter of Prefects of Apostolate in Lisbon.
After the first part of the encounter, a tour in the city of Lisbon was organized by the Province of Portugal. The participants visited the many different tourist spots of the City of Lisbon particularly the birth place of St. Anthony of Lisbon (Padua) and the São Jorge Castle.
Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF presenting the current situation of E-TIC of the Congregation.
The second part is the reporting and evaluation of the different priorities of the General Prefecture of Apostolate namely: Youth and Vocation, Bible, JPIC-Solidarity, Evangelization through Information Technology & Communications (E-TIC). Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF represented the E-TIC commission of the whole congregation and was tasked by the General Prefect of Apostolate to report on the situation and pastoral programs of the different continents and major organisms in the field of IT and Communications. He was also tasked to report on the result of the 2nd General Encounter of the Claretian Bible Team particularly in view of its use of technology in propagating the Word of God and the incorporation of the Claret Publishing Group at the service of the Bible.
Lastly, the third part of the encounter is the consolidation, re-writing, synthesizing, and finalization of the different “Features of the Claretian Missionary Style,” the “Priority Lines,” and the “Strategic Positions” in the area of the Apostolate in the Congregation and the Continents. The secretaries ended up with three drafts to be submitted to the pre-capitular commission through the general government: Claretian Missionary Style, Priority Lines, and Continental Missionary Priorities.
The Encounter has proposed the following five characteristics of the Claretian Missionary Style:
1. Centrality of the Word
2. Being missionaries in a missionary Church that is a mystery of communion
3. Dialogue as the locus of Mission
4. Solidarity and prophetic mission from the perspective of the poor and excluded
5. and Mission as the key.
The four Mission Priorities proposed are:
1. A prophetic solidarity with those who are poor, marginalized, vulnerable in their human rights and migrants;
2. Evangelization of children, youth and families with special attention to the vocational dimension;
3. Evangelization that is centered on the Word of God that creates life, builds Christian community and transforms the world;
4. and Dialogue among people and evangelization on the internet as well as among people who do not believe, are religiously indifferent or are not Christian.
Participants of the recently concluded Encounter of Prefects of Apostolate. Lisboa 2014
Most of the particpants of the encounter paid a visit to the Our Lady of Fatima before they finally went back to their respective countries.
Fr. Benedict Dilag, CMF helping in the translation
Asia Major Organisms representatives during the continental meetings.
Prefects of Apostolate gathered together in Lisbon