NEWSLETTER 65 – DECEMBER 2019
Esteemed friends and readers, we come to the end of the year 2019 and draw near to the new year of 2020 with a look back at our Camillian history and the most authoritative charismatic sources of the foundation of our Order.
On the web site www.camilliani.org, in the section ‘Essential Texts’, you can read or for your greater ease ‘download’ or print:
Recently, next to the more famous Vita manoscritta di San Camillo by Fr. Sanzio Cicatelli we have added the text in PDF of the Annali dei Chierici Regolari Ministri degli Infermi by Fr. Cosma Lenzo – prologue and first part (until 1598) – with the Italian translation of the original Latin by the Camillian religious Fr. Giuseppe Villa Cerri.
The Camillian community and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene – Rome 8 December 2019
Renewal of religious vows on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Fr. Laurent Zoungrana, the Vicar General of the Camillian religious, together with the members of the General Consulta and the religious of the community of St. Mary Magdalene in Rome, invite all the members of the Camillian Charismatic Family to the liturgy for the renewal of religious vows on Sunday 8 December 2019, at 17.00, at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
XXII RIUNIONE PANAMERICANA DEI FORMATORI E DEGLI ANIMATORI VOCAZIONALI CAMILLIANI
Presso il centro di formazione ‘San Camillo’ di Guadalajara, in Messico, dal 18 al 23 novembre 2019, si è tenuto tenuto il XXII incontro panamericano dei formatori e degli animatori vocazionali camilliani, seguendo il tema: “Cultura e discernimento vocazionale”. Vi hanno partecipato 14 formatori e animatori vocazionali del continente americano e p. Felice de Miranda (consultore generale del nostro Ordine); A nome delle Figlie di San Camilo hanno partecipato quattro religiose della loro delegazione del Messico. Riteniamo che l’evento rafforzi il nostro essere e il nostro agire come formatori e animatori vocazionali camilliani. Di seguito presentiamo una sintesi dei punti di riflessione che sono stati dati nel nostro incontro.
Laurent Zoungrana e fr. José Ignacio Santaolalla hanno rappresentato la consulta generale a questo lieto evento ‘camilliano’.
THE DELEGATION IN TAIWAN
On 24 November last, Fr. Giuseppe Didonè, with another six religious of the Camillan Delegation of Taiwan, took part in the Provincial Chapter of the Philippines. The subject of the Chapter was ‘Which Camillian Prophecy? Looking at the Past, to Live the Present, Seeking to Serve like Good Samaritans, Launched towards the Future with Hope’.
Fr. Giuseppe Didonè and Fr. Henry Angupa went to China where, amongst many difficulties because of the anti-religious policy of the government, two of our confreres are trying to proclaim the Word of God to the poor and the sick.
A celebration took place of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the church in Wanshan near to Lotung. During the celebrations five baptisms took place, five confirmations and four first communions.
Fr. Giuseppe Didonè and Fr. Henry Angupa, together with twenty-one faithful of our Christian community, visited in Slovenia the house where Fr. Janez was born. Dr. Janez, a Slovenian doctor and surgeon, worked for most of his life in China and Taiwan was the pioneer of the Camillian St. Mary’s Hospital in Lotung. They also went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorie.
THE PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
We remember with joy the recent priestly ordination our Filipino confrere Fr. Almar S. Roman. PHOTOGALLERY
THE PROVINCE OF NORTH ITALY
From 30 November every Saturday from 15.30 to 19.00.
THE PROVINCE OF THAILAND
THE PROVINCE OF SICILY AND NAPLES
The ‘Come and See’ community of welcome of Acireale is organising a New Year of solidarity for all young people of the age of eighteen and over. From 28 December 2019 to 2 January 2020 a series of meetings will be held with our sick brothers and sisters, the homeless and those in difficulty
For information contact Fr. Salvatore Pontillo or Br. Carlo Mangione – Facebook: San Camillo ci parla ancora.
THE PROVINCE OF ROME
On Friday 6 December, at St. John’s Hospital of Rome, moments of prayer and testimony relating to the lives of Nicola d’Onofrio and Matteo Farini were held. The evening witnessed the presence of H.E. the Most Reverend Msgr. Paolo Ricciardi, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rome.
Thoughts of the novice Lorenzo Lettere – of the Camillian Province of Rome – who on 12 November 2019 was awarded a degree in nursing and made the defence of his thesis vibrate with the Camillian spirit.
‘I abandoned my studies in 2008 with great disappointment without, however, forgoing the idea of going back to my books one day. And when in January 2016 I drew near to my thirtieth birthday the question became much more pressing in my mind. But I did not think there was much possibility of doing this – I would never have been able to mix work with studies. But what I thought then was different from the design that God had for me!
On Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December 2019 there will be the closure of the Camillian vocational year of the Province of Rome. On Saturday there will be a solemn celebration of a Eucharist of thanksgiving presided over by Bishop Msgr. Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation.
THE DELEGATION IN KENYA
On Sunday 8 December 2019, at the community of the Tabaka Mission Hospital, the perpetual profession took place of two young confreres of the Delegation: Br. Dominic Misaro Maranga and Br. Charles Njue Njega.
THE DAUGHTERS OF SAINT CAMILLUS
From the Blog ‘Con cuore di madre’ (‘With the Heart of a Mother’)
On 25 November, at 10.00, at the mother house in Via Giusti, a meeting took place of the ‘Communication of the Canonisation of Saint Giuseppina Vannini’ Committee. This committee is made up of Sr. Maria Fernanda Bongianino, Sr. Margherita Salvatore and Brother Carlo Mangione. The aim of the meeting was to ascertain the work that had been done and how to be able to continue with this service in the future.
On Tuesday 12 November 2019, at 17.00, at the Exhibition and Congress Hall of the publishers Gangemi of Rome, Via Giulia 142, the launch took place of the book Casa Museo Santa Giuseppina Vannini Memorie per una santità della porta accanto edited by Emanuele Martinez and published by Gangemi. The volume contains essays by Sister Bernadete Rossoni, Emanuele Martinez and Dr. Marco Pizzo. Chairing the launch was Emanuele Martinez. The following made contributions: Msgr. Alejandro Cifres, the Director of the Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Giuseppe Monsagrati, a historian at the La Sapienza University of Rome; and Sister Bernadette Rossoni, the Postulator General of the Daughters of St. Camillus. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
THE DELEGATION in HAITI in cooperation with MADIAN ORIZZONTI ONLUS
Fr. Robert Daudier has sent us from Haiti photographs of the inauguration of the isolation area that was opened following the presence of, and increase in, identified cases of tuberculosis at the Foyer Saint Camille of Port au Prince.
With the intention of serving the most vulnerable and at the same time with the goal of reducing the spread of the virus of this disease, the management of the hospital thought it was advisable to create a new space able to meet a new urgent need.
DECISIONS OF THE GENERAL CONSULTA
The following temporary professed religious of the Camillian Province of Brazil have been admitted to perpetual profession: Edson Da Silva Pires and Gabriel Anderson Barbosa.
From 28 October to 3 November 2019, the sixth conference took place of the leaders of CADIS (the Camillian Disaster Service International). This year it was the Catholic Missionary Centre of the Diocese of Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand that hosted the event. The thirty-six participants (religious, lay people and partners), from thirteen countries, addressed the subject: Organizational Capability Development in Post-Disaster Interventions in Developing Countries
‘See, now they vanish, the faces and places, with the self which, as it could, loved them. To become renewed, transfigured, in another pattern’ (T.S. Eliot).
The Camillian religious of the Province of Sicily and Naples announce the death of their Camillian confrere Fr. BARTOLOMEO D’ARIENZO (at the age of 91). He died on 25 November 2019 at the Camillian community of Messina.
‘Now they live in Christ whom they met in the Church, followed in our vocation, and served in the sick and the suffering. Trusting that the Lord, the Holy Virgin our Queen, St. Camillus, the Blessed Luigi Tezza, the Blessed Giuseppina Vannini, the Blessed Enrico Rebuschini and the Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini and our deceased religious brothers and sisters, will welcome them in their midst, we commend them in our prayers, remembering them with affection, esteem and gratitude’.
PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS OF ALL TYPES OF DISASTERS – CADIS
God in heaven, who has created and who preserves every existence,
You know all of our sadness and our suffering. May all the victims of all types of disasters be welcomed in your peace! Receive, we pray, in your mercy, our very many brothers and sisters buried by the forces unleashed by nature. Lead them to your home!
Comfort the pain of so many families, dry the tears of so many brothers and sisters, offer protection to the loneliness of so many orphans. Instil courage into everyone so that pain is transformed into a journey of growth and hope.