Young Passionist Meeting in Ponta Grossa (Brazil) for WYD 2013

Fr Amilton Da Silva (Provincial CALV) warmly welcomed all participants to our Community in Ponta Grossa in southern Brazil. Our community here is both a Novitiate and Retreat House. This meeting of Young Passionist Religious is truly international – men have arrived from every Continent and some 70 young Passionists have gathered with from all continents to meet with  Fr Joachim Rego Superior General and the members of the General Council.
Our theme for Day One was ‘Our Charism and New Evangelisation’ and we were privileged to have as our presenter Fr Luiz Fernando Lisboa CP (newly appointed Bishop of Pemba Mozambique).

Father Luiz developed his theme from a foundation that stressed the mission of the Passionists as one based upon our Charism, as orientating us to the poor and as responsive to global and urgent needs of our world. In this light we must contemplate our world, discern our priorities for mission and respond in new and creative ways. The Passionists as consecrated religious have much to offer  in every place we are present we must make a critical readings of the realities in which we find ourselves and to act within this. The needs of this age mean we must be creative in offering our Charism and spirituality to the world (as St Paul of the Cross did for his time). In living our mission we do not act in isolation; we are called to support initiatives of groups, organisations, dioceses that promote outreach and service of our world, since in the modern context our restructuring must free us to be inter-Congregational, inter-institutional and capable of networking with others who seek justice, peace and the integrity of creation.