What does it mean to be a Claretian Missionary?
Being a Claretian is a concrete way of being a Christian, religious and apostle. It is a way to relive in community the spiritual and the fundamental concern of Claret to serve and build the Church with the ministry of the Word, proclaiming the kingdom of God. All life is, thus, configured for this charisma offered and shared in community (cf MCH 132).
How do you feel the call to our congregation?
The vocation to be part of the congregation is an internal and personal call from God, received and discerned through the mediation of the Congregation. It is directed to a commitment to live as missionaries as a way of life in a ministerial or lay Claretian community.
As a characteristic of our life we make a special dedication to the Heart of Mary, given by the father Founder which expresses and extends his spiritual experience. Through Mary, the spirit makes us share in the missionary Son of the father. The presence of the Heart of Mary gives our ministry a stamp of humility, gentleness, tenderness and maternal love.
Can I be a Claretian Missionary?
To be a missionary and start a process of Claretian vocational discernment, these basic qualities are required:
• To be a baptized, confirmed, and practicing Roman Catholic at least 17 years of age.
• Be in good physical and mental health.
• Have felt an inclination to the missionary life.
• Sufficient knowledge of the Church and the Congregation.
• Provide the qualities required for this type of life without contraindications.
• And be prepared to initiate a process of clarification and discernment with Claretian missionary formators.
How do I know I have Claretian vocation?
That answer depends on yourself. We offer a personalized assistance to help you to clarify your experience of feeling called by God to participate in the life and mission of our Congregation, and to follow Christ in the style of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
How long is this experience of discernment?
It depends on the person and his situation, but the clarification process lasts generally, from six (6) months to two years.