CLC History Part I

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Published on October 29, 2007

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Slide1:  CLC HISTORY A Journey Of Grace Upon Grace Slide2:  At the origins of the CLC is a grace named IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA. His secret had always been the infinite love of God: a fire, gently burning, discreet and prudent, but irresistibly conquering… Slide3:  Thus, he became the heart of a small community…he tried to form really free men. Free, not only to love and to serve, but free to love and to serve always. Free, because totally poor and pure… Thus, he became the founder of the Society of Jesus Thus, he became the man who inspired the lay-groups around his first companions. :  Thus, he became the man who inspired the lay-groups around his first companions. These groups cooperated with the fathers in the apostolate. They had different names but the same spirit. Slide5:  1548 – Nadal began a group in Calabria. 1540 - Peter Faber led a famous group in Parma, also called the Society of Jesus. This group produced the first Jesuit martyr. Sometime before 1545 – Francis Xavier wrote about how a chosen group of young men, on fire with love and zeal, helped him in his difficult mission. 1545 – Paschase Broet wrote about a flourishing group in Faenza. 1547 – Ignatius himself started the Society of the Twelve Apostles in Rome . Slide6:  These groups were the pre-cursors of the Marian Congregation or the Congregatio Mariana. The MC is the direct ancestor of the Christian Life Community. Slide7:  JEAN LEUNIS May 3, 1556 Founder of the MC He walked all the way. A young man of 24, dressed as a worker, presented himself in the Jesuit house near the little church of Madonna della Strada in Rome. He wanted to enter the Society of Jesus. He came from Liege, Belgium. Slide8:  In the Roman College Jean Leunis gathered a group of students and prepared them to do apostolic work in the city of Rome. This group became the Marian Congregation of the Roman College. Slide9:  Perugia Paris Avignon Lyons Turin Slide10:  With right to affiliate other groups of the same nature PRIMARIA (primary group) Nov. 19, 1584 – death of Jean Leunis Dec. 5, 1584 – canonical establishment of the Congretation of the Roman College with the pontifical bull Omnipotentis Dei issued by Pope Gregory XIII. All aspects of human existence together in one Christian way of life This was clear stated in the oldest known rules of 1574. :  All aspects of human existence together in one Christian way of life This was clear stated in the oldest known rules of 1574. THE AIM Slide12:  COMMUNITY LIFE Ubi duo vel tres congregati sunt… CONGREGATIO Mariana Slide13:  Every day, these brothers went together for Mass had their meditation together sang together a part of the Office of Our Lady examined their conscience together prepared the meditation for the next day At the weekly meetings the officers had to see to it that all members participated in sharing their opinions. “All are members of one family and brothers in Christ.” Slide14:  “Since it is a custom that such Congregations recommend themselves to a patron in heaven for protection and guidance, from whom they take the name, and since we have a particular devotion to the most Holy Virgin of the Annunciation, Mother of God, we, in all humility dedicate ourselves to her, praying that she may help us in all our actions…” Slide16:  The Common Rules of 1587, prepared by Superior General Fr. Claudio Aquaviva,SJ. The formation of laymen, conscious of their personal vocation in the Church of their time. Slide17:  1540 – 1773 About 2500 groups were affiliated 1773 – 1948 About 80,000 groups 233 years - 2500 175 years – 77, 500 Slide18:  July 21, 1773 – Clement XIV signed a document suppressing the Society of Jesus, all its works, ministries and activities. More than 20,000 Jesuits were sent home. The General was imprisoned. Slide19:  Society of Jesus and CM disappeared. November 14, 1773 – The MC everywhere could continue without the Jesuits and all Bishops the world over could establish the CM. MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC Slide21:  Are we allowed to accept the decline of the authentic spirit without doing something about its restoration? Was the MC not a child of the Society of Jesus? Is it not part of our vocation, especially since the MC became a work of the universal Church, to inspire the movement with the specific charism of the “man of the Church” Ignatius of Loyola? Slide22:  1922: Fr. Ledochowski convened a meeting of Jesuits working in the MC. (Forty Fathers from nineteen countries) to start in Rome a central secretariat, one function of which was to revive the most neglected work of the Society – 1948: Pius XII promulgated the Apostolic Constitution “Bis Saeculari” on the Sodalities of Our Lady the MC! Slide23:  Formation of Members Sodalities of Our Lady must, therefore, give their members… that will make them capable of being… examples of Christian living and apostolic zeal. The Sodalities of Our Lady duly affiliated to the Prima Primaria…are religious associations established and constituted by the Church. Apostolic End, Cooperation “Among their primary ends, Sodalities include every form of the apostolate, particularly the social apostolate, since the apostolic work of spreading the Kingdom of Christ and defending the rights of the Church has been mandated to Sodalities by the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy itself.” :  Apostolic End, Cooperation “Among their primary ends, Sodalities include every form of the apostolate, particularly the social apostolate, since the apostolic work of spreading the Kingdom of Christ and defending the rights of the Church has been mandated to Sodalities by the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy itself.” Slide25:  1950: Fr. Janssens convened an international Jesuit meeting: - held April 15-22 at the Jesuit Curia in Rome - attended by 71 fathers from 40 countries. Focus was more on the external forms of the MC Questions after the 1950 meeting: What was to be done concretely? What about the laity? Slide26:  Fr. Janssens appointed Fr. Louis Paulussen, SJ head of the central secretariat in Rome. Fr. Paulussen’s orders from the General: Please travel as much as possible; the time to sit at home is over! Slide27:  Preparing a World Federation To bring people – lay and priests – in a world federation, world union, world community… “Essential is that we bring people together. Essential is that they can work, deliberate and pray together, that they can cooperate with others and serve the Church on world level.” Slide28:  1951 in October in Rome: FIRST WORLD CONGRESS for the lay apostolate MC Meeting within the Congress: a group of 25 - 19 lay people, 2 diocesan priests, 4 Jesuits The URGENCY of COOPERATION on PERMANENT INTERNATIONAL BASIS Slide29:  1952 in Barcelona: MC meeting on the occasion of the Eucharistic Congress To form a world federation To ask the Rome secretariat to prepare some Statutes as soon as possible Slide30:  1952: DRAFT of the Statutes: written and sent to all national federations Responses of the Federations: Many expressions of agreement Very few amendments 1953 January: Statutes were presented to Pope Pius XII Responses of the Pope: Immediate response: extreme pleasure and a promise to send a letter of approval Subsequent response: the Letter of Approval dated July 2, 1953 Slide31:  With this letter,the World Federation was officially founded. April 13, 1954 - Pius XII named Arch. Joseph Gawlina Ecclesiastical Assistant of the World Federation. Slide32:  Now, what is the next step? To bring people together? How? SUGGESTIONS from several countries to the Rome secretariat: Organize a “world-wide congress” on the occasion of the Marian Year 1954. Slide33:  Gregorian University direct continuation of the Roman College The delegates planned the meeting and organized the elections of the Executive Council. Slide34:  COMMON DESIRE: serious and rapid renewal Mandate of WF to the Rome Secretariat: Draft new Common Rules Slide35:  1959 till 1964: a time of www dialogue The main features of the GENERAL PRINCIPLES appeared National Federations Secretariat little by little Slide36:  Aligning GP with Vatican II Wait… Slide37:  October 19– 21, 1967 Domus Pacis Rome 140 delegates from 38 countries Slide38:  The participating delegates, moved by the Spirit of the Lord, and influenced by Vatican II and the rediscovery of Ignatian sources approved an extensive program of aggiornamento for this 400 year old organization. Slide39:  New rules – the General Principles New statutes for the World Federation New international name: Christian Life Communities New apostolate New juridical structure Slide40:  Be it resolved: That the federation of the world as a voluntary common apostolate undertake concrete local action aimed at ending world poverty and injustice in the spirit of ‘Populorum Progressio.’ Slide41:  Fr. Pedro Arrupe, then Superior General, handed over the leadership of the new community to its lay leaders. Drop directive role Act more as a source of inspiration and animators without giving up the specific task of representing the Hierarchy of the Church Slide42:  August 11-15, 1970 Manresa-Loyola Retreat House Haina, Sto. Domingo COMMUNAL DELIBERATION General Principles: achievements and failings Role of CLC in the crisis of the Church and in the challenge of development Slide43:  “…the delegates were supposed to study and discuss the crisis in the Church today; instead they lived the crisis.” (Progressio, Autumn 1970) The overturning of the planned program The withdrawal of four federations from the world federation Reports from the national delegations with suggestions for future activity of the World Federation Slide44:  Nature of CLC Structure of CLC Communications Voluntary Common Apostolate Areas needing action for the next three years: Slide45:  All division carries in itself the promise of a stronger union… Santo Domingo thus signifies for us invitation and provocation. (Fr. Paulussen) Slide46:  CLC: A Community at the Service of the Liberation of All Men August 5 – 9, 1973 Augsburg, Germany 170 delegates from 40 countries Slide47:  Respectful listening Slide48:  “The liberation of all men, being at the core a political problem, should the CLCs as such, and not only their members as individuals, make it their concern?” An affirmative response with different nuances Slide49:  Four concrete points of direction and action: Commitment to the transformation of political, economic, social, cultural and religious structures using…discernment to determine priorities and methods of action Openness to the world by presence, by action and by collaboration with all men of good will…, solidarity with the very poor and the oppressed, and ecumenical work Slide50:  Recognition of the capital importance of… a formation rooted in the Spiritual Exercises and in the cultures of the different countries. A community life… in which sharing and mutual help extend to all the Communities, to other nations and to the poor. Slide51:  180 delegates from 39 countries from five continents Slide52:  Formation Courses in Manila BEFORE the Assembly: FORMATION COURSE I FORMATION COURSE II AFTER the Assembly: FORMATION COURSE III (August 21-30) Major Points of Emphasis:  Major Points of Emphasis Concerning SERVICE: - a clear option “in favor of the poor” in our life and our apostolate - discernment to determine priorities Slide54:  Concerning FORMATION: -- strong accent on being grounded in concrete situations and in insertion in the poorer sectors --emphasis on the help to be given so that the Spiritual Exercises is lived and implemented Slide55:  Concerning COMMUNICATION: Fostering of the growth of persons and communities through: --exchange of persons between countries --twinning --more extensive use of publications: PROGRESSIO and Projects; exchange of national periodicals --international gatherings for sharing information about specific situations and action methodology Slide56:  TOWARDS A WORLD COMMUNITY AT THE SERVICE OF ONE WORLD September 8 – 18, 1979 Villa Cavalletti, Rome 42 countries represented Slide57:  Should we now actively strive to become a world community? YES - 23 NO - 7 ABSTENTIONS - 6 Slide58:  It was a clear yes, but it was a humble yes, uttered not without reservation and fear. The momentary silence acknowledged that. Then came the applause. Then came the song. It was the moment of World Community. A moment of joy. And reflection. YES! There was something of a stunned silence after the voting. The GA was saying Slide59:  August 25 – September 7 Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Delegates from 44 countries Slide60:  IGNATIAN REPETITION Providence ’82 is the re-living of the grace of Rome ’79 as enriched by the experiences of the intervening years. Providence ’82 sought “the confirmation or not of the decision taken at Rome.” Slide61:  DO YOU FEEL CALLED, NOW, TO BECOME A WORLD COMMUNITY? YES – 37 NO – 0 ABSTENTIONS - 2 Slide62:  Decision: To hold the General Assembly every four years. Four years TO LIVE the grace of Providence ’82 in the spirit of the assembly scriptural theme: “…this is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) Slide63:  August 21 – 30, 1986 Center of Spirituality Loyola, Spain 134 delegates from 50 countries Grace of Loyola ‘86:  Grace of Loyola ‘86 Confirmation of our identity as rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: sent in Mission in union with Christ poor and humble and in imitation of Mary “We have also recognized that we are not able to be faithful to our mission without situating it in the context of our community, feeling that it is the entire community which is sent, united in mind and heart.”

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