NEWSLETTER n. 37 PDF JUNE 2017
BEING A CAMILLIAN AND SAMARITAN TODAY
This book, entitled ‘Being a Camillian and Samaritan Today, with your Heart in your Hands, in the Existential and Geographical Fringes of the World of Health’, is the result of the (canonical) fraternal and pastoral visits of the Superior General and the members of the General Consulta to various geographical areas of the Order of Camillians during the course of the first three years (July 2014-July 2017) of the six-year period 2014-2020.
The messages, thoughts and recommendations of the Superior General and the members of the General Consulta have been brought together in a single volume and arranged in chronological order according to the dates of the visits. These messages have already been published in the review Camilliani/Camillians and were addressed above all else to the circa 1,070 Camillian religious who live in almost 300 communities in 41 countries of the world.
In this way, the duty laid down in the General Statutes of the Order about pastoral visits and visitators was complied with: ‘The visitator listens to all the religious, individually. In this personal interview, he endeavours to ascertain whether, within the community, there exists the common life, the spirit of fraternal charity, and the commitment to our Order, for the purpose of promoting the religious and apostolic life’ (GS, n. 110); ‘After mature reflection, the visitator gives a report of the recommendations he considers opportune. With exactness, he informs the general consulta of the visitation, and transmits the relative documents to it. He should avoid exceeding the limits of his ordinary or delegated authority’ (GS, n. 111).
The preface is organised into four parts: the Camillian project for the revitalisation of our consecrated lives and the current ecclesial context; the meetings with our religious in the geographical and existential fringes of the Order; the structure and contents of this book and its objectives; and some statistical data on the journeys and pastoral visits that were engaged in.
THIS BOOK HAS ALSO BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH, FRENCH AND SPANISH
VICE PROVINCIA DEL PERÙ
THE PROVINCE OF BRAZIL
Mario Luis Kozik, a religious of the Province of Brazil, has photographed for us the stained glass windows of the Nossa Senhora de Lujan Basilica in Argentina. They depict some scenes from the life of St. Camillus.
THE PROVINCE OF INDIA
The Camillian Province of India welcomes the nine young novices and celebrates the renewal of the religious vows of another three religious. We wish them a joyous following of the example of St. Camillus in daily service to the cause of sick people and of poor people.
25 May, the birthday of St. Camillus, was a day of joy for the Camillians of the Province of India. Brother Meteyil Ajeesh Chakco made his first profession during the celebration of the Eucharist which was presided over by the Provincial Superior Fr. Baby Ellickal.
THE PROVINCE OF GERMANY
Three Camillian religious were ordained priests in 1992 in the cathedral of Freiberg. One of them, Fr. Heiner Rössing, is already dead. The other two, Fr. Siegmund Malinowski – the former Superior General of the Province of Germany– and Fr. Arno Geiger, the Superior of the community of Freiberg, celebrated the happy anniversaries of their ordination. The homily of the Holy Mass of thanksgiving was given by Fr. Ferdinand Pützhoven, who was Superior of the community when these two priests, who were being celebrated, were young novices. Fr. Jörg Gabriel, the current Provincial Superior of the Province of Germany, also spoke.
THE PROVINCE OF SPAIN
THE PROVINCE OF SICILY AND NAPLES
In the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-S. Giovanni Rotondo, the Camillian religious celebrated the birthday of St. Camillus of 25 May in two hospitals, the Hospital of St. Camillus in Manfredonia and the Hospital of St. Michael in Monte Sant’Angelo. In the respective chapels of these hospitals two new icons for public veneration were blessed.
On 13-21 July the community of Acireale organised a camp service for young people. This was an example of solidarity following the example of St. Camillus. POSTER
This video, which was presented at the World Conference of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick held last April in Brazil, ends with the words of Father Rosario Messina, the Superior Emeritus of the Province of Sicily and Naples.
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VALLE DELL’INFERNO… HOW IT WILL BE
This is ‘Valle dell’Inferno’, the place where St. Camillus had his conversion on 2 February 1575. After four centuries, still today pilgrims and people devoted to him who come to this place find themselves lost in a desert land, without even a rock on which to sit or pray. As a commemoration of the conversion of our saint, there is only an altar with a large red cross, but the area around it is abandoned to the elements, and there is no protection or defence against grazing animals or passing predators. St. Camillus does not deserve this! The illustration that we reproduce here shows what we want to do to transform this miserable valley into a welcoming and sacred place. However, we need, and urgently, small and large contributions from all of you who are devoted to him! May God protect and bless you!
TO OFFER YOUR CONTRIBUTION, YOU CAN USE THE POSTAL OR BANK ACCOUNTS BELOW MADE OUT TO ‘RELIGIOSI CAMILLIANI’
POSTAL bank account: 1037136494, IBAN code: IT88D0760115700001037136494
BANK account: Banca PROSSIMA, IBAN code: IT30H0335901600100000149607, BIC for abroad: BCITITMX
MEETING OF THE MAJOR SUPERIORS
On 23 June to 1 July 2017 there will be a meeting – a course of formation – of the major Superiors of the Order in Rome at the generalate house of the Brothers of Christian Schools.
THE WOMEN MINISTERS OF THE SICK
The women Ministers of the Sick announce the death of their dear Sister Candida Bellotti. On 20 February of this year she celebrated her one hundred and tenth birthday. This is a record and indeed Sister Candida was believed to be the oldest woman religious in the world. She spent the last year of her life in a peaceful way in Lucca at the ‘Mother House’ of the Institute where the objects which commemorate the founder of the Order, the Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini, are conserved. PRESS REVIEW
THE DAUGHTERS OF ST CAMILLUS
Interview with Sister Bernadette and Sister Fernanda, women religious of the Daughters of St Camillus, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the generalate house in Rome: a way of learning more about the life and the spirit of this ‘Camillian’ religious Institute.
THE PROVINCE OF NORTH ITALY
We share with you some photographs of the ordination as a presbyter of Fr. Nicola Docimo which took place on Saturday 27 May 2017 at the Basilica of St. Anastasia a Verona. The celebration was presided over by His Excellency Msgr. Giuseppe Zenti, the Bishop of Verona.
THE VICE-PROVINCE OF BURKINA FASO
Sabato 1 Luglio, ordinazione presbiteriale di p. Ferdinand Nana, p. Hermann M. Kpiele Somda e p. Benjamin W. Zoungrana presso la cattedrale di Ouagadougou. SCARICA QUI L’invito
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THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR LIFE
THE CAMILLIANUM – Rome
The Congregation for Catholic Studies (the Holy See), by a rescript of 9 May 2017, renewed for another five-year period the decree of incorporation of the Camillianum in the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.
THE RECTORY OF THE CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE, ROME
We here share with you the preparations for the liturgical solemnity of our Founder St. Camillus de Lellis (14 July) and for the feast day of the ‘titular holder’ of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July).
COMPLETION OF THE APPOINTMENTS OF MAJOR SUPERIORS AND PROVINCIAL AND VICE-PROVINCIAL CONCILLORS FOR THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD 2017-2020
Leocir Pessini, the Superior General, with the agreement of the members of the General Consulta, and after consulting the religious of the Provinces and the Vice-Provinces of the Order, on 10 April 2017 appointed for the three-year period:
- AYITE Guy- Gervais – Vice-Provincial Superior of the Vice-Province of Benin-Togo
- BERMEJO José Carlos – Delegate General for the Province of Spain
- ELLICKAL Baby Scaria – Provincial Superior of the Province of India
- ELOJA José Pacheco – Provincial Superior of the Province of the Philippines
- FOSTER Stephen – Delegate General for the Anglo-Irish Province
- FREITAS Antonio Mendes – Provincial Superior of the Province of Brazil
- KABORE Gaétan – Provincial Superior of the Province of Burkina Faso
- GYÖRGY Alfred – Delegate General of the Province of Austria
- JÖRG Gabriel – Provincial Superior of the Province of Germany
- MARZANO Antonio – Provincial Superior of the Province of Rom
- MAURIELLO Rosario – Provincial Superior of the Province of Sicily and Naples
- NESPOLI Bruno – Provincial Superior of the Province of North Italy
- RIQUET Michel – Delegate General for the Province of France
- SRIPRASERT Rocco Pairat – Provincial Superior of the Province of Thailand
- SZWAJNOCH Mirosław – Provincial Superior of the Province of Poland
- Carlos Eduardo MORANTE CHIROQUE – Vice-Provincial Superior of the Vice-Province of Peru
With all of them, together with our best wishes for themselves and their ministry, we share the observations, which are always very pertinent to our consecrated lives, of Pope Francis: ‘May you always know how to exercise authority by accompanying, understanding, helping and loving; by embracing every man and every woman, especially people who feel alone, excluded, barren, on the existential margins of the human heart. Let us keep our gaze fixed on the Cross: there is found any authority in the Church, where the One who is the Lord becomes a servant to the point of the total gift of himself’ (Pope Francis to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superior Generals, Wednesday, 8 May 2013).
This is a propitious opportunity to express at the end of this three-year period to all the Major Superiors who are ending their mandates and to their councillors, feelings of gratitude for the service of authority, guidance, animation support and merciful patience that you have engaged in over these three years. We thank them for the cooperation, friendship, welcome and fraternity that they have generously offered to the Order over this three-year period.
Leocir PESSINI, the Superior General of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians), with the agreement of the members of the General Consulta, and in accordance with article 109 of the Constitution of the Order, at the meeting of the General Consulta of 17-18 May 2017 appointed for the three-year period 2017-2020 the following religious as Provincial Councillors.
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF POLAND
- Arkadiusz Novak – First Councillor
- Ireneus Sajewicz
- Wojciech Weglicki
- Bronislaw Malicki
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF THAILAND
- Thaisonthi Chaisak – First Councillor
- Sengcharoen Phakhawi
- Suchiranutham Chirawat Nicolas
- Contarin Giovanni
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
- Rodel Enriquez – First Councillor
- Gabriel Garcia
- Rodolfo Cancino
- Renato Maliwat
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF INDIA
- Pattathil Lijo, Mathew – First Councillor
- Kuliraniyil Bijoy, Joseph
- Narikuzhy Jaison, Emmanuel
- Kizhakkarakkatt Biju, Peter
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF NORTH ITALY
- Giuseppe Rigamonti – First Councillor
- Joaquim Paulo Cipriano
- Umberto Andreetto
- Edoardo Gavotti
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF ROME
- Agasantis Mario – First Councillor
- Blasi Emilio
- Palumbo Sergio
- Santone Germano
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF SICILY AND NAPLES
- Carlo Mangione – First Councillor
- Luigi Maglione
- Leonardo Grasso
- Medard Aboué
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF BRAZIL
- Mario Luis Kozik – First Councillor
- Mateus Locatelli
- Olacir Geraldo Agnolin
- Francisco Gomes da Silva
THE CAMILLAN VICE-PROVINCE OF BENIN-TOGO
- Hounliho Magloire – First Councillor
- Allognon Valentin
- Agbeka Olivier
- Akoue Antoine
THE CAMILLAN VICE-PROVINCE OF PERU
- Scapin Camillo – First Councillor
- Ballena Rios Alex Spencer
- Herrera Tapia Ever
- Angeles Cervantes Antonio Omar
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF SPAIN
- Jesús María Zurbano – First Councillor
- Juan Antonio Amado
- Luis Armando De Jesús Leite Dos Santos
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF AUSTRIA
- Kovács Levente – First Councillor
- Gregotsch Leonhard
- Gruber Stefan (substitute councillor in accordance with GS 103)
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF FRANCE
- Alexandre Balma – First Councillor
- Michel Mathieu
- Bernard Moegle (substitute councillor in accordance with GS 103)
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF GERMANY
- Paul Schreur – First Councillor
- Fr. Arno Geiger
- Fr. Norbert Riebartsch
- Fr. Manuel Tamayo
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF BURKINA FASO
- Francois Edgar Yameogo – First Councillor
- Wendbenedo Justin Barnabe Bere
- Albert Theophane Yonli
- Georges Nabole
THE CAMILLIAN ANGLO-IRISH PROVINCE
- Frank Monks – First Councillor
- Vincent Xavier
- John O’Brien (substitute councillor in accordance with GS 103)
THE PROVINCE OF SPAIN – THE DELEGATION OF ARGENTINA
THE PROVINCE OF THAILAND
Leocir Pessini, the Superior General of the Order, given the request of Fr. Rocco Pairat Sriprasert, the Provincial Superior of Thailand, and the permission of His Excellency Msgr. Joseph Chusak Sirisut, the bishop ordinary of the diocese of Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) (the canonical jurisdiction of the new community), has canonically erected the new community of Nakhon Ratchasima which is named after ‘St. Teresa of Calcutta’.
CONFIRMATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF PROVINCIAL FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATORS (GS 153)
The Province of Brazil
Mario Luis KOZIK
The Province of India
The Province of Thailand
Chaisack Joseph THAISONTHI
The Province of the Philippines
Gabriel V. GARCIA
The Province of Spain
Jesus Maria ZURBANO DIAZ DE CERIO
The Province of North Italy
The Province of Austria
APPOINTMENTS FOR THE ‘ST MARY MAGDALENE’ COMMUNITY OF ROME
Aris MIRANDA – the member of the General Consulta with responsibility for ministry – has been appointed the Superior of the community.
Felice DE MIRANDA – a Camillian religious of the Province of North Italy– has been appointed the financial administrator of the community.
APPOINTMENT FOR THE ‘BLESSED E. REBUSCHINI’ COMMUNITY OF ROME
Guy-Flavien OUEDRAOGO – a Camillian religious of the Province of Burkina Faso – has been appointed the Superior and financial administrator of the community.
DIARY OF THE SUPERIOR GENERAL
‘Vocational Discernment in an Intercultural World’ was the subject of the eighty-ninth six-monthly assembly of the Union of General Superiors (USG) which took place on 24-26 May of this year in Rome at the Salesianum. The subject ‘is closely connected with that of the next Synod of Bishops: ‘Faith, Young People, and Vocational Discernment’’.
One aspect of the subject was addressed by three Superior Generals from Africa, Asia and Latin America who brought to the meeting the experiences of their Institutes. One of these Superior Generals was Fr. Leocir Pessini.
Nel contesto dei festeggiamenti annuali per san Camillo, i confratelli della Provincia austriaca celebreranno il sessantesimo anniversario dell’ordinazione di p. Leonhard Gregotsch (2 luglio 2017, chiesa di San Carlo Borromeo – Vienna). Il Superiore Generale dell’Ordine parteciperà alla celebrazione come segno di riconoscenza alla persona di p. Leonhard, come testimonianza di gratitudine per tutta la dedizione e l’amore che dimostra verso il nostro Ordine.