Rome, Italy. Taking advantage of the monthly ongoing formation program of the community of the General Curia, General Prefect of Spirituality, Fr. Gonzalo Fernandez, CMF presented on Saturday morning, October 19, 2019, the Claretian Year project at the Aula Magna of the General House. Together with him were Fr. Vicente Sanz, CMF, General Archivist and Local Superior of the General Curia, who wrote the historical and the personalities sections; and Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF, of the Information Services of the General Secretariat, who artistically designed the entire book and the website.
Fr. Gonzalo explained to those present the objectives and vision of the project, the significance of the different sections, its use, and other details of the project. The two others recounted the process they did in coming up with the final copy. Fr. Gonzalo expressed his gratitude to all those involved – CESC, Forge Center, and other individuals.
The mobile App that Brazil Province prepared as well as the website http://www.itercmf.org that will contain the supplementary materials to the book will all be launched on the 24th of this month, Feast of our Father Founder of St. Anthony Mary Claret. All the Spanish-speaking Organisms were instructed to distribute the printed copies to all their temporary and perpetually professed members (Students, Brothers, Ordained) during the first days of Advent in a special and ceremonial way. They will be receiving a celebration guide soon. The English copies will be distributed after Christmas. The official start of the use of the book is on January 1, 2020 until the end of his journey on earth.
Mandated by the XXV General Chapter, “the Claretian Year is an instrument of daily use that accompanies all the Claretian Missionaries of the world, throughout every day of the year, in getting to know our roots better, in order to revitalize our life.” It is basically composed of two sections: Historical Section – itinerary of St. Anthony Mary Claret from January 1 to December 31, history of the Congregation from July 1849 to January 2019, noteworthy personages related to Claret and or the Congregation; Spiritual Section – Autobiography (January to June), the Constitutions (July to November), and some of the important Chapter Documents of our Congregation (November to December), points for reflection related to the Autobiography, Constitutions or Chapter Document, and a quotable quote.