Accompaniment Workshop – Claretian Family Formation

29 November 2018

Juatuba (November 29, 2018, Belo Horizonte – Brazil). Conclusion of the accompaniment workshop for formators in the Claretian Family. Very intense days of work, reflection and practice lived in a fraternal and participatory atmosphere. These days have helped us to get closer to Claret’s charismatic experience as a mentor and accompanied, and deepen the indications of the General Plan on formative accompaniment. A second block placed us close to the person of the formee: in search, from its complexity, from the model of humanity of Jesus Christ missionary.

After having tools to better understand the person accompanied, we focus on the person of the trainer, through various theories and practices learning the art of accompanying. We do not forget that this task is, above all, the work of the Spirit, which also implies a personal work of constant maturation in the formator himself.

We value of the cultural and charismatic diversity that we have shared these days. We have met 20 missionaries from three branches of the Claretian Family: twelve Claretian Missionaries: Jhon Aguirre, from Colombia-Venezuela; César Arias, from Eastern Colombia; Mauricio Borge and Rodolfo Morales, from Central America; Nilton Boni, Valentim De Carvalho and Antonio Ferreira, from Brazil; Francisco García, from Antillas; Eugene Gnansounou and Rolando Málaga, from Peru-Bolivia; and Steve Niskanen and José Sánchez, from the USA-Canada. Two Missionaries of San Antonio María Claret: Ivani Boloventa and Melania Buss, from Brazil. Three religious Claretian missionaries of Mary Immaculate: Pétronile Mutungidimbu, General Prefect of Formation; Cecilia Medina, from the Latin American province, and Betty Morales, from the Virgen de Guadalupe province. The animators of the Workshop were: Fr. Leo Dalmao, General Prefect of Formation; P. Carlos Sánchez, Director of the CESC-Vic; and Fr. Marcos Garnica, Provincial Prefect of Formation of Mexico.

We are grateful to our congregations for offering these spaces for our ongoing formation as missionary formators.

During these days, the text “María Antonia París, friend and companion in the journey” is being distributed.