The Delegation of Brazil celebrates the spiritual exercises and the meeting of counselors
From April 22 to 27, twelve Augustinian Recollect religious from the six communities of the Brazilian Delegation of the Province of San Nicolás de Tolentino, accompanied by the three Augustinian Recollect Sisters of the Heart of Jesus from the community of Fortaleza and their first Brazilian postulant, met in the Jesuit convent of Baturité, in Ceará, located in the middle of nature and on top of a mountain, with great views over an extensive valley.
The Augustinian Recollect Fabián Martín oversaw directing the Augustinian Spiritual Exercises, the objective of this meeting. For this he moved from Mexico, as a previous commitment assumed before being appointed general councilor in the last Chapter of the Order.
The exercises had as their theme “Walking together in the audacity of the Spirit: synodality and apostolic project in the Acts of the Apostles”. The director proposed the five verbs of the path of synodality proposed by Pope Francis (listen, dialogue, discern, share and walk) enriched with biblical texts and comments by Saint Augustine of Hippo.
In addition to the talks, there was time for the exercise of "creative silence", the slow recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharistic celebration, the recitation of the rosary and Eucharistic adoration. The long-landscaped corridors of the Jesuit convent helped maintain this climate.
After the Exercises, the presence of religious from all the communities of the Delegation led to a meeting on April 29 and 30 of the vocational promoters and the local counselors of the communities with the until now president of the Secretariat for Vocational Ministry of the Province, Friar Fabian.
This meeting took place in the monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Contemplative Augustinian Recollects in the district of Sussuanha, municipality of Guaraciaba do Norte, 270 kilometers from the place of celebration of the Exercises.
This meeting was joined by the Augustinian Recollects Gustavo Barbiero and Rhuam Ferreira Rodrigues, vocation promoters from the Province of Santo Tomás de Villanueva in Brazil, who shared their work experience. The intention is to design a joint vocational promotion project and mutually benefit from materials, topics and meetings.
Along with the various work meetings, the participants in this meeting were able to visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima de São Benedito, various rural communities of the lively Parish of Our Lady of Joys of Guaraciaba and the monastery of the Augustinas Recoletas itself, who welcomed the participants with such affection and care, as a sign of the charismatic identity of the Augustinian Recollect Family.