COMUNION N. 6: 23-29 Feb.
 
 

Centenario della morte dei Santi Giovanni de Matha e Giovanni Battista della Concezione. Risponde la Famiglia Trinitaria: P. Fr. Jose Narlaly, Ministro Generale dell'Ordine

1. What does the celebration of these centenaries mean to you from the point of view of your vocation?

My vocation as a Trinitarian is a gift I received in the Church as a consecrated person to live religious life according to the charism and mission of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. The Order to which I belong is founded by St. John de Matha and renewed by St. John Baptist of the Conception.

They were the privileged recipients and transmitters of our precious charism in the Church, and as such, they are our spiritual fathers. The patrimony and heritage that we have received from them is inextricably linked to our vocation as Trinitarians. The celebration of their death centenaries calls for a greater introspection into the sincerity and fidelity of my own Trinitarian vocation.

2. Do you think that it is an important event for the Trinitarian Family?

Soon after the foundation of the Order, women religious and lay people started to associate with its charism and spirituality and thus also to collaborate with the redemptive activities of the friars. Gradually contemplative sisters, other institutes of active women religious and other lay associations during the past several centuries were inspired by the Trinitarian charism, choosing to affiliate themselves to the Order, thus forming the present Trinitarian Family. They all consider St. John de Matha as their Patriarch and spiritual Father. Therefore, it is quite logical that these centenaries are significant for the whole Trinitarian Family.

3. How can we offer these two important figures as relevant witnesses in today’s world?

St. John de Matha and St. John Baptist of the Conception were prophets and mystics of their time. Both Saints were gifted men and enjoyed a relatively prestigious position in the world and in the Church. They were confronted by the reality of a world divided between the privileged and the under-privileged. They received a special inspiration and intervention from God to be prophets and mystics of their respective time; they were made uncomfortable as they lived in the comfortable circumstances by the impulse of God’s grace.

They were challenged to move from mediocrity to a passionate way of life for God and suffering humanity. To respond to this challenge, they had to let go of their prestige, power and other human securities. In doing do, they were given the grace to be champions of freedom and faith, they courageously and generously dared to risk and so now they stand as steady witnesses of freedom and authenticity. In the many challenges facing the Church and Society, we need courageous and generous men and women who can show the way to others as bold visionaries and authentic prophets.

4. How can we present these outstanding figures as models for our young people in formation?

Both St. John de Matha and St. John Baptist of the Conception, as fathers of our Order and Family, are significant figures for all of us. They received a clear vision and a bold mission from God. To respond generously to this divine call , they let go of their personal interests and conveniences. Love for truth and authenticity moved them to a prophetic and radical way of life. The social challenges of their day transformed them into valiant champions of faith and freedom, thus becoming true prophets and mystics. Thanks to their courage and daring authenticity, the Order was founded and renewed and continues to exist. Today, the Church and the Order need men and women who are attentive to God and His message, attentive to human beings and their cry for dignity and freedom. Do you dare to be one who can respond to this challenge?

 

N E W S

Réunión du Conseil directeur du SIT général
Du 17 au 18 février s’est tenue la réunion du Conseil directeur du SIT général. Pour la première fois depuis de nombreuses, des représentants de pratiquement toutes les juridictions ont été présents et une participation active de délégués des instituts féminins de la famille trinitaire (Valence, Rome, Majorque, Valencia, Madrid et Evry) ainsi qu’un représentant du Conseil international du Laïcat trinitaire (CILT).

Le Père Ministre général nous a adressé la parole en nous rappelant que les objectifs du SIT sont au cœur du charisme de notre Ordre et de notre Famille religieuse et nous a encouragé à poursuivre dans cette voie à l’invitation du Successeur de Pierre. Nous avons commencé par faire le rapport des activités du SIT General ainsi que des différentes antennes régionales du SIT.

Plusieurs projets ont été présenté : nous avons pris acte de l’œuvre que porte depuis des années le SIT Espagne avec l’Ecole-ferme de Yebed dans la périphérie de Khartoum au Soudan qu’un groupe de trinitaires ont visité récemment, ainsi que l’œuvre que porte le SIT du vicariat d’Inde de formation des jeunes touchés par les persécutions en Orissa que le Président avait visité en novembre dernier. Les délégués ont voté tous unanimement pour favoriser deux projets qui sont en Inde : aider à la poursuite du projet en faveur des jeunes d’Orissa et un projet qui se développe en Assam pour l’accueil et la formation chrétienne de jeunes provenant des environs et spécialement du Bhoutan.

Nous remercions de tout cœur ceux qui ont pu participer à cette rencontre et tout particulièrement ceux qui ont permis ce moment de fraternité, de vie de famille trinitaire.

P. fr. Thierry Knecht osst

E L P E R S O N A J E

Fr. Binoj Puthenpurackal

I am Fr. Binoj Puthenpurackal, O.SS.T. I was born on 24th May 1981, as 5th sibiling of my parents. I joined the Order in the year 1996. I came to know the Trinitarians through my elder brother Fr. Bitaju, who is a Trinitarian too, nowadays the Provincial Vicar.

I was taken aback by the hospitality an fraternity of the Trinitarians. I was ordained on 25th October 2008. Ever since I am serving in our Minor Seminary. Now I serve as the Minister and Formation Director as well as the President of SIT India.

 

La Pagina di Mons. Di Donna
Don Carmine Catalano

Giuseppe Di Donna, ultimo di nove figli, nacque a Rutigliano il 23 agosto 1901 La madre, che aveva quarantaquattro anni ed era già nonna, ebbe una gravidanza difficile e lo affidò al Signore prima ancora che nascesse. Fu battezzato nella Chiesa Madre del paese dove, dieci anni dopo, durante la Quaresima, il ragazzo conobbe un religioso trinitario e decise di seguirne le orme. Intelligente ed educato, amante della cultura religiosa anche per merito di un fratello sacerdote, a undici anni entrò nel Collegio Trinitario di Palestrina.

Nel 1916 fu inviato a Livorno, per il noviziato, e prese il nome di frate Giuseppe della Vergine. Completò gli studi di filosofia e teologia a Roma al Collegio di S. Crisogono di Trastevere e per le doti non comuni fu nominato “maestro degli studenti professi”. Fu ordinato sacerdote e gli venne affidato l’insegnamento nelle classi superiori del ginnasio.

Il 4 giugno del 1926, non ancora venticinquenne, Fra' Giuseppe decise, assieme a quattro confratelli, di partire per il Madagascar, a Miarinarivo, con lo scopo di portare aiuto e conforto alle popolazioni locali e annunciare la Parola di Dio. L’affabilità, il costante buon umore e un instancabile apostolato fecero di lui un santo missionario in mezzo a tanta povertà, a malattie (tra le quali la peste bubbonica) e si trovò a dover risolvere persino alcune ostilità governative. Le lettere che scrisse durante quegli intensi anni sono oggi pubblicate in due volumi.

Padre Di Donna tornò in patria dopo tredici anni e il 31 marzo 1940 fu consacrato vescovo a Roma. Un mese dopo prese possesso della diocesi di Andria che guidò per dodici anni, fino alla morte. Fu sempre a fianco degli ultimi, in particolare delle masse popolari sfiancate dalla guerra e dei contadini fruttati dai grandi proprietari terrieri. La povertà era ovunque e le lotte sociali violente. Il fedele servo del Signore fu guida saggia per tutta la diocesi, ai poveri arrivò a dare i propri beni. Fu un autentico operatore di pace sociale. Raccomandò ai sacerdoti l’insegnamento del catechismo, costituì un’Opera Diocesana per le Vocazioni, appoggiò le Pontificie Opere Missionarie. Il suo operato era d’esempio alle altre diocesi pugliesi. Amò moltissimo la preghiera.

Colpito da un male incurabile, che sopportò con cristiana ed esemplare rassegnazione, Monsignor Di Donna spirò il 2 gennaio 1952. Il vescovo povero amante dei poveri, umile, dalla straordinaria spiritualità, fu acclamato santo dal suo popolo. Dal 3 luglio 2008 è Venerabile.

 

Cumpleaños y Efemérides
23 al 29 de febrero de 2012.
Felicidades

23 P. Modeste Edouard Mampouya, de la Provincia de Italia Sur, nacido en Brazzaville (Congo) en 1972

Fra. Marc-André Gilbert, de la Provincia de Canadá, nacido en St-François-de-Beauce en 1945

Fra. Anselme Rambaoseheno, de la Provincia de Madagascar, nacido en Antsirabe en 1982

Fra. Lai Xuan Lang, de la Provincia de Italia Norte, nacido en Soc Trang (Vietnam) en 1977

24 P. Lorenzo Moretti, de la Provincia de Italia Norte, nacido en Roma en 1939

26 PRIMER DOMINGO DE CUARESMA

27 P. Marc Allaire, de la Provincia de Canadá, nacido en Ville Vanier (Qc) en 1951

P. Antonio Torres García, de la Provincia de España Sur, nacido en Sevilla en 1981

29 P. Alfred Couturier, de la Provincia de Canadá, nacido en Lachine en 1952