Rome, Italy. In a world marked by conflicts and challenges, the Pontifical Institute of Theology of Consecrated Life, Claretianum, inaugurated its 52nd academic year on Monday, October 23, 2023, reaffirming its commitment to theological and spiritual formation.
The day began with a solemn Eucharist at the Parish Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Philip, Martyr, invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The celebration was presided over by the Superior General, Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, CMF, who in his homily reflected on current challenges: global conflicts, the Synod of Synodality of the Church, and the preparations for the 175th anniversary of the Congregation’s foundation. He highlighted the importance of the mission of the institutes of consecrated life and expressed gratitude for the formative work of Claretianum.
The event continued in the Aula Magna of the Institute, where the Magnificent Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, H.E. Mons. Alfonso Vincenzo Amarante, CSsR, offered words of welcome. Father Ricardo Volo, CMF, secretary of the Institute, presented a report on the activities and student demographics.
The inaugural session was given by Prof. Bernardo Molina, OFMCap, who explored the “charismatic physiognomy of the Rule of Life of the Friars Minor.” This theme was chosen to commemorate the 8th centenary of the papal bull “Solet annuere” (November 29, 1223) by Pope Honorius III, which approved the Rule of the Friars Minor, marking a milestone in the history of consecrated life.
The event concluded with a fraternal gathering, where attendees shared their hopes and good wishes for a fruitful and enlightening academic year 2023-2024.