The Regional Council of the North of Spain has attended the call of the CMF to deliver a course about the Movement in Zurich. We leave here the testimony of their experience and the welcome provided by the CMF. We hope and pray for their effort to yield plenty of fruit.
Invited by the Claretian Missionary in charge of the Catholic Mission of Spanish language of the Zurich, we –Montse, Mike and Natalia- went to the Mission on the weekend of the 18th-19th February to teach a training course under the title “Lay Claretians, Heirs of a dream”.
During our stay in Zurich, we had the opportunity to deepen into the Claretian Charisma, to present the different branches of the Claretian Family and, above all, to inform about the Lay Movement, its history and how we organize ourselves, as well as to reflect upon our vocation, community life and mission, and to share our testimony as Lay Claretians.
It has been a very rich experience, through which we have met people, some of them with difficult lives but a deep faith, who have never stopped trusting God and looking to the future with hope. During the activities shared during the weekend, some of them have developed both the uneasiness and the desire to keep deepening in and knowing better our charisma and our movement. We are truly grateful for the fantastic reception that we got from the Missionary and from all the people from the Mission. We have felt like being at home, they have been looking after us all the time and have shown us great love. As always, we have received a hundred times of what we gave!
Montse, Mike and Natalia.
“Heirs of a dream”. This is the propaganda I was asked to produce for the weekend course that the members of the Council of the Northern region of the Lay Claretians came to deliver to us in our mission of Zurich of the Province of Santiago. They certainly believe and live accordingly. They feel heirs of Claret´s dream, as part of the big Claretian family.
The course lasted for about ten hours, between Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th February, at the site of the mission and more than 40 people from almost all the groups of the mission communities took part.
Natalia, Montse, Mike, thank you very much! It has been a short but an intense family experience. You have put the right tone and accent. The people will remember you with love. We trust that the Lord will make the seeds that you left in this church at the service of migrants grow, thanks to your words, gestures, your friendship and the conviction you shared with us.
Fr. JUAN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ, cmf. - ZURICH