San Pedro Sula, Honduras. On Sunday, April 25, 2021, the rite of admission of a new community to the Lay Claretian movement was celebrated in the community of Jesus of Nazareth, located in Celeo Gonzales, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. The new community is formed by Andrea Zavala, Lilian Vanessa Vásquez and Rut Dalila Vásquez -belonging to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish- Aminta Banegas, Gustavo Hernández, Enma Isabel Trochez and Leticia Padilla -belonging to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish-.
The community began its discernment process in December 2019, accompanied by Father Porfirio Ruiz, CMF and Lay Claretians Karla Valdivieso and Juan Carlos Diaz. Their current advisor is Father Fredy Arrollo, CMF, who presided over the Eucharist in which the new laity expressed their desire to continue making their own the call of Jesus from the charism of our founding father, St. Anthony Mary Claret, and to live God’s project from the fundamental pillars of the Claretian Lay Ideary: vocation, mission and spirituality.
All the new Lay Claretians participate in their respective communities, serving in diverse pastoral and ministries: Catechesis, Youth Pastoral, Social Pastoral, Health Pastoral, and Liturgy. This service is carried out in shared mission with the Claretian Missionaries in different projects, namely: Karla Valdivieso and Juan Carlos Díaz participate in the vocational promotion of discernment of Lay Claretians; Isabel Trochez, Lilian Vanessa Vásquez, Aminta Banegas and Karla Valdivieso participate in the biblical pastoral; in media, Leticia Padilla and Rut Dalila Vásquez; in SOMI-JPIC, Juan Carlos Díaz, Rut Dalila Vásquez and Leticia Padilla; and in activities of New Generations and Claretian Youth, Andrea Zavala and Gustavo Hernández.
The community is named “Father Manuel de Jesús Subirana”, in memory of the missionary who arrived in Honduras in 1850, where he undertook his missionary work under the auspices of Archbishop Antonio María Claret and knew how to bring the Gospel to life in different sectors of the country.