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Benvenuti al sito del Segretariato generale della Formazione (SGF) dei cappuccini! Siamo in un cammino di formazione e abbiamo l'esigenza di aggiornarci ogni giorno. E' cosa bella poterci addentrare nel cuore, nella mente e nella visione di Gesù nostro maestro, di san Francesco nostro fratello, di santa Chiara nostra sorella e di tutti i francescani cappuccini che sono nel mondo. Siamo felici di potervi invitare a prendere ispirazione dal modo di vivere francescano cappuccino per aumentare significato, amore e gioia!


Il Segretariato generale della formazione (SGF), insieme al Consiglio internazionale della formazione (CIF), è un organismo della Curia generale, che collabora con il Ministro generale e il suo Consiglio in tutto ciò che riguarda la formazione iniziale e permanente e i centri di studio dell’Ordine (cfr Cost 25,7).


Il CIF si riunisce una volta all’anno, preferibilmente di novembre, per coordinare le varie attività di formazione e mettere in contatto le differenti giurisdizione con il SGF.

È impressionante tutto quello che si fa a livello di formazione: dedizione dei frati più preparati e capaci, investimento nella formazione dei formatori e nelle strutture, programmi, progetti, ecc. Quello che si fa è giusto, perché il presente e il futuro del nostro Ordine e il servizio alla Chiesa e al mondo dipende dalla qualità della nostra formazione; però ci sono ancora delle cose che possiamo migliorare: i programmi della FP, la formazione dei nostri formatori, i criteri di discernimento vocazionale, la collaborazione tra le diverse circoscrizioni, la riorganizzazione della formazione speciale, etc.

Il Ministro Generale, nel nostro primo incontro di due anni fa, ci ha trasmesso le sue preoccupazioni: la formazione dei formatori, in modo particolare quelli dell’Africa e anche quelli dell’Asia, la formazione umana dei frati, specialmente nell’ambito della sessualità (con i riferimenti espliciti alla problematica degli abusi sessuali), e il desiderio di portare avanti la Ratio Formationis Ordinis.

 

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Capuchins Brothers serve the Tribals

A BLESSING ON GARO HILLS

Blessing of Garo Village Chapel in Khasi Hills

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About 40 Capuchin friars who were participating in the ongoing formation program at the headquarters friary of Nirmala Matha Custody at Guwahati, Assam-Meghalaya, descended on the non-descript village of AMPHANGGRE on 10 December 2017 for the blessing of its newly built chapel and for the Holy Mass, giving a festive mood for the occasion. Obviously the villagers were overjoyed at the presence of a large number of Capuchins in their small hilly village. Children and elders alike heartily welcomed each one with a broad smile, warm hand shake, and the JISUNA RASONG (‘Praise be to Jesus Christ’) greeting on their lips, which are customary among  Garo tribe in the north-eastern part of India.

Retreat with Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa Ofm Cap

God blessed the Curia members with the possibility to spend quality time with our Br. Raniero. It was a time of inspiration for the participants. He based his sharing on the Letter to the Romans and made it alive with insightful and humorous wisdom saying and stories out of his 83 years of living the faith.

The following are some of the points and themes which touched us we share this to you so that they may touch and inspire you also.

A BLESSING ON GARO HILLS

Blessing of Garo Village Chapel in Khasi Hills

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About 40 Capuchin friars who were participating in the ongoing formation program at the headquarters friary of Nirmala Matha Custody at Guwahati, Assam-Meghalaya, descended on the non-descript village of AMPHANGGRE on 10 December 2017 for the blessing of its newly built chapel and for the Holy Mass, giving a festive mood for the occasion. Obviously the villagers were overjoyed at the presence of a large number of Capuchins in their small hilly village. Children and elders alike heartily welcomed each one with a broad smile, warm hand shake, and the JISUNA RASONG (‘Praise be to Jesus Christ’) greeting on their lips, which are customary among  Garo tribe in the north-eastern part of India.

 

AMPHANGGRE village is a part of the St. Francis of Assisi parish, BYRNIHAT, administered by the Capuchins of Nirmala Matha Custody since 1999. Br. Renny Velayapillil serves as the Parish Priest for the last five years with Br. Biju Adakapara as the co-pastor and Br. Sojan assisting them. 

This large and vibrant parish in the Shillong Archdiocese, having 64 villages under its territory, is testimony to the hard work and missionary spirit of the young Capuchins of Nirmala Matha Custody. It’s a huge challenge to develop such parishes and communities spread over a vast area of tough terrain where the people belonging to different ethnic tribes speak different languages like KHASI, GARO, SANTALI, NEPALI and KARBI. What is common to all of them is their basic nature of simplicity, hospitality, and ecological sensitivity besides their Christian faith.

 

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After the morning prayer, Br. Joachim Hangalo, the resource person for the ongoing formation program and the Vicar of the community of General Curia, Rome, initiated the inaugural service of the blessing by cutting the ribbon. Br. Francis (Prince) Valiyakunnel, the first Councillor of the Custody, assisted by Br. Charles Alphonse and Br. Francis Christi, both resource persons of the ongoing formation program and members of the international commission on formation, blessed the new chapel. Br. Valiyakunnel presided over the Holy Mass celebrated in the Garo language, joined by Br. Renny Velayapillil, parish priest, and Br. Brilliant Sangma, the first Capuchin priest from the Garo tribe, while all other friars concelebrated. The community wholeheartedly participated in the Eucharistic celebration with their beautiful music and customary offerings. Br. Renny gave an inspiring homily in flowing Garo language, thanking the good Lord for His blessings, thanking the people for their contribution and sacrifices, and thanking the friars for the presence, prayers and encouragement. The whole congregation shared the agape meals served after the Mass.

The chapel that was blessed in Ambanggre village is indeed a small and simple low cost structure. What makes it ‘big’ is the spirit of unity and collaboration among the 30 Catholic families who toiled hard and pooled their energy and meager resources to have their own place of worship. Almost 80% of the money for the chapel came from these 30 poor families who are mostly agricultural labourers. The role of women in this task is notable as many of them are poor labourers, having 3-6 children to take care of, and many are widows. Four women even obtained bank loan for the chapel construction.  It is again a woman who is leading the community as the Catechist, organising  prayer service on Sundays, teaching catechism to the children, and helping the community to grow in faith. The other 26 families in the village belong to the Presbyterian denomination. Even they came together to prepare meals for everyone who came for the blessing of the chapel. Such chapels are under construction in seven other villages. Many more villages have chapels with very simple structures made of bamboo walls, thatched roofs, and some with tin sheets.

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 For the friars who gathered from various circumscriptions spread throughout India, it was an enriching experience of participating in the missionary activity of the friars of North East India. They could feel the life of the villagers as well as that of the missionary friars, feeling the real smell of the sheep and that of the shepherds. They spent some time interacting with the villagers, sharing their joy and happiness, and returned to the friary in the afternoon, elated over this ‘missionary experience’.

Our sincere thanks to Br. Mathew Kallidical, the Custos of Nirmala Matha Custody, and the formation team, for arranging this visit as part of the ongoing formation program for formators.

Br. Jacob Kani

Krist Jyoti Province                                         

 

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