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阿德里安(Adrián de Prado Postigo,CMF)的终身愿礼就在这一天举行。他是我在马德里的乐仁会培育院里认识的一位同仁，隶属于乐仁会圣地亚哥会省。我们相处仅半年时间，但他带给我的印象却较为深刻，特别是他能弹会唱的音乐天赋，着实令人羡慕不已，因此他经常领导音乐训练，并教他人弹奏吉他。以及他慷慨与耐心的服务精神，曾多次帮助我们解决在西语上遇到的问题，总会让人发自内心的感谢。
On November 11 the General Secretary confirmed the appointments by General Mathew Vattammatam and his Council for the new Government tean of the East Asia Delegation 2015-2018. Fr. Francisco Carin (Taiwan) as delegation superior, Frs. Shinji Takenobu (Japan) and Jojo Ancheril (Macao) as Consultors and Fr. Felix Martinez (Japan) as Econome non-consultor. Here is a brief presentation of each one. We start with the "newcomer", Fr. Jojo Ancheril.
Fr. Jojo Peter, Ancheril CMF, was born on the 17th May, 1973 at Pothanicad, Kerala, India in the Parish of St. Xavier’s Church. He had his basic education at St. Mary’s School, Pothanicad, his high school at St. John’s High School, Pulinthanam. He joined the congregation at Claret Bhavan, Kuravilangad on the 10th June, 1990. He made his first profession on the 31st May, 1996 and took his final vows on the 31st May, 2002. He was ordained as priest on the 27th December, 2003.
Between 2004-2007 he served as the assistant arish priest of Presentation church, Nonghyllam. In 2007 he was appointed to Macau, China which was under Philippine province and then to EAD. In 2009 he was assigned as assistant parish priest at St. Lawrence Church, and also as the econome of Macau community.
In 2012 he was appointed as the Administrator of St. Joseph Seminary, and the diocesan retreat house in Macau. In 2013 he became the local superior of Macau- Hong Kong community. And in 2014 he was appointed as the parish priest of St. Lawrence Church.
He enjoy playing Magic and being with people. He also likes travelling and reaching out to people.
My name is Augusutinus Shinji Takenobu. I have no nick names,and we don't call each other by Christian Name in Japan so just call me Takenobu. I was born in Osaka Japan.
I entered CMF East Asia Delegation in 1987. I have been working in different ministries, and during the last term I was Vicar and coordinator of Japan Area.
I hope that in my service as consultor I can help to get a better awareness of our being Claretians in Japan, the gift of our Charism for the japanese Church.
I like to walk alone in the mountains but I do try to share my time with our claretian brothers ,too.
My name is Felix Martinez. I was born in Aranda de Duero (Burgos. España) on March 26, 1957. Now I am 57 years old, and of these, I have been 34 of them in Japan.
As a little kid, -just 10!, I entered the minor seminary in Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid). I did my first profesion in Segovia on september 1975. I studied Philosphy and Theology in Colmenar Viejo, and arrived to Japan on June 1981. I was ordained priest on 1983.
In Japan I have joined many different kinds of ministries: Parish Priest, formator, principal of Kindergarten... I was Delegation Superior and since 2006 I have served as Econome of the Delegation.
I like taking long strolls, watching movies and take care of my little geranium garden.
I am Francisco Carin, usually known as Paco (much easier to pronounce and remember). I was born in Madrid on June 10, 1968, a time of youth revolution in Europe. I had my High School in Claret Madrid, and after I joined the Congregation in 1986 for the Novitiate in Los Negrales (Spain).
I was appointed as member of the first community in Taiwan by Fr. Aquilino Bocos, a community born to honor the Memory of the Martyrs of Barbastro, especially Rafael Briega, and to be a first impulse for a return of the Claretian Charism to China. I arrived to Taiwan and the East Asia Delegation in February 1994. I was working in Youth ministry, school ministry and teaching. I was appointed Delegation Secretary, then consultor and superior... although I enjoy obedience more than commanding... but that's life. From 2006 to 2015 I was in China, and now back in Taiwan. I enjoy mountaineering (specially Taiwan), the sea, friends and playing with little kids.
The Claretian missionaries here in Spain, like in any part of the world, gathered together by communities in order to pray in honor of St. Anthony Mary Claret, our founder. It started with 3 days of prayer (Triduum) before the special day —October 24, the feast day — itself that was celebrated in an atmosphere of joy and thanksgiving for all the graces bestowed on the congregation.
In Colmenar Viejo, Spain this was also monumental day, as we join together in the Eucharistic Celebration presided by the provincial superior of the Province of Santiago, Spain, Fr. Luis Angel, CMF, with around 30 co-celebrants and attended by approximately 350 guests, around 5 o’clock in the afternoon in the main chapel of the Formation House, student Adrian de Prado Postigo, CMF (Born in Segovia, Spain) consecrated his whole life to God through his perpetual profession in the Congregation of the Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Indeed, it was a moment of grace for the community in Spain, since we knew that in Europe the vocations are at stake, and in this event I felt moved as I witnessed how Adrian publically announced his commitment to God and in his service to His kingdom forever. He generously offered is life for the love of God who he tried to imitate closely in his formation years. I am privileged to I have lived though few months with Adrian, I would describe him as a very simple person, and all the more I would say, he is a man on fire with God’s love like our founder Claret, who entrusts himself to the service of others especially those who are in need. In fact, it is worth to mention that in his invitation it was stated that if you like to offer gifts, please extend it to the people who need it most, thus, he cited two foundations to be of beneficiary.
Moreover, I believe that professing forever is not an end in itself, but rather just the beginning of a life-long journey to dedicate daily for the rest of one’s life in service to God and people. All the more, it is a single step but a big leap of a lifetime commitment — the journey has just begun ….
Finally, they also need our prayers particularly for those who have given their life to God’s service, that they may be faithful to the rest of their lives and be a real witness of God’s hope and love throughout the world. Further, in a most special way, I would like to invite each and everyone that we continuously pray for more vocations around the world, that more men and women would generously respond to God’s call in their lives and offer themselves for this kingdom.
After visiting KC and Ian in Spain, I went to Sri Lanka on 29 September 2015 for a series of courses. Five Claretian aspirants from Negombo went with me to Kandy, where we have our formation house for philosophy and theology students. Other candidates from the Apostolic Carmel Sisters (7), Somascan Canon Regulars (2) and Rosarian religious (1) joined them in the 11-day course on English for Religious Life from October 2 to 14. We had sessions from 9 to 12 from Monday to Saturday. I had given some classes to our aspirants in Sri Lanka in the previous years, but with the presence of sisters and other aspirants, the class this time was livelier and our boys were more motivated to learn. Something inter-congregational is really worth pursuing to give new life and impetus to our work.
Today in the different communities of East Asia we celebrated the Feast of our Founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret.
In his October letter the General Superior invited us to renew, in this month of October, our missionary thrust. Indeed, October is a month for mission; we started celebrating the patroness of missions, St. Therese of Lisieux, who was spiritual letter companion of a missionary in China, Adolphe Rulland (MEP). Then, on Octobert 4, the feast of St Francis, founder of the first Catholic missionary order to come to the Far East, and it was in the XIII century! Indeed, one franciscan friar John of Montecorvino, after many years ministering in the Mongol Empire in Dadu City [aka Khanbaliq or Cambaluc, and today's Beijing] was ordained as first bishop of Dadu (Beijing) in 1307. Finally, on October 24 we celebrate the feast of our Founder, Saint Anthony Mary Claret.