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									Editors for this edition: Sister Carolina Flores, D.C. Father Benjamín Romo, C.M.

Bulletin N° 14 January – March 2008

In this edition we wish to reflect on C.4 of the Second International Encounter celebrated in 2005. Section C.4 of the final document says: In order to spread the message of the Blessed Virgin and form the members of the Association, we commit ourselves to: 1. Encourage the use of media appropriate to its audience. 2. Create dynamic places for exchange and communication between different countries and different people. In various ways, we have experienced the advantages and benefits of the new technologies of information and communication: it saves time, distances, costs; information is distributed, experience of the faith is shared, the reality of life is contemplated together, efforts are joined together, etc. . . The signs of the times move us to take advantage of these technologies and, therefore, establish all the necessary means of communication possible because our Association is seen to benefit from them.


Certainly we need to dedicate the time and effort because each contribution is a great richness for the group. It feels like the table of a great banquet in which all give and all receive, where collaboration, dialogue and communion is obvious. This commitment speaks to us of communication by members of the Association in a two-fold aspect: outwardly from the Association, using the means that we have at our disposal: Radio, the Press, Television, etc. and within the Association finding a way of reaching out, with creativity, to the last group, to the last of its members. Jesus said: “Go and preach the good news to the ends of the earth?” New technologies of communication establish a new area from which to proclaim the name of Christ. The Constitution Gaudium et Spes of the Second Vatican Council pointed out: In his self-revelation to his people culminating in the fullness of manifestation in his incarnate Son, God spoke according to the culture proper to each age. Similarly the Church has existed through the centuries in varying circumstances and has utilized the resources of different cultures in its preaching to spread and explain the message of Christ to all peoples. (GS no. 58) The key is not in more modern technologies but in each person who by his commitment and conviction to their use for communicating and being communicated with. We propose to you some questions which might help in evaluating and renewing commitments concerning the theme of communication: Do you visit to the web pages of the Vincentian Family? Do you pass on the bulletin and other documents that you receive? Do you look for topics of formation on the web page of the Association?

Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for? Mary Magdalene was looking for a corpse, the dead Jesus. With that she


would have been satisfied. Jesus appeared and asked the key question that he had asked on another occasion with the disciples of John the Baptist: Who is it you are looking for? Jesus appeared transformed, in another form. The risen Jesus took on the image of every believer, that is, to see Jesus in believers The Jesus that once spoke on the earth, journeys to the Father, the goal of every believer. Because of his resurrection Jesus is with us and we are with him. There is no longer room for tears but there is room for the meeting. The Magdalene remains in desolation with a deep desire to see Jesus. She looks for him and will meet him. The first ones to appear to her are two angels, but she is not interested in them. Seeing Jesus is what interests her. Her desire is to see Jesus and her decision is to search to meet him. Now she saw Jesus but does not know it was he. Who is it you are looking for? The Magdalene is a determined woman, and thinking it was the gardener, says to him: if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him so that I make take him. Jesus says to her: Mary! Jesus with this word reminds her of their meeting, of their conversation, and of his presence. She recognizes him: Rabbouni! She embraces his feet and Jesus says: Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. The risen Jesus does not appear for my personal joy or as my personal possession. He appears to show that he is alive. Mary Magdalene is transformed by the presence of the Risen One and Jesus converts her into an apostle. I HAVE SEEN THE LORD AND THIS IS WHAT HE TOLD ME: The two characteristics of a person that has met Jesus are:  I have seen the Lord. . .  This is what he told me. . . That is to say, she goes from seeing to being a witness in order to be an apostle. I have seen, certainly I have lived in him, and I have experienced him. The Christian is someone who has lived in the presence of the risen Jesus. He told me—that is the moment of the apostle. A Christian is a person who will speak what Jesus has said. From what the Christian has heard, he is not going to preach himself in


his life, but Jesus whom he has seen in person and from whom he has heard the message of salvation. The vocation of the members of the Association is to search for their own holiness through the apostolate of evangelization, especially with the most abandoned. From here develops the urgent need of repeating the experience of Mary Magdalene: Contemplating the risen Jesus, allowing it to transform me, then going forth to announce it to the brothers as she did with the apostles. Our words as followers of Christ ought to be those of Mary Magdalene: I have seen the Lord and this is what he told me. Only then do we come to be the sacrament which announces the presence of the living Jesus and who comes to give life to the whole person.

With great joy we have experienced the beatification of Sister Giuseppina Nicoli, Daughter of Charity, which happened on the 3rd of February 2008 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. The life of Jesus continues in the saints. The saints live in different times and places, they face different sufferings, and they respond to different needs, as they concretize what it means “To live as Christ.” Giuseppina Nicoli, Daughter of Charity, did this and inspires us to do the same. Giuseppina was born the 18th of November 1863 in Casatisma, a small city in Northern Italy. It is not difficult to get to know her since 1,473 letters have been preserved. Many witnesses have also left accounts of the impression Sister had made on them. One of her superiors wrote of her: “This Sister is a true example of what it means to be a Daughter of Charity.” When she died of tuberculosis on the last day of December 1924, her works and her holiness were already wellknown. Sister Giuseppina entered the Community of the Daughters of Charity in June 1884 having already obtained a degree in teaching. She went


to Cagliari, Sardinia in 1885 where she served as a teacher and catechist. A ministry that Sister Giuseppina carried out with great affection was her care for the street children. Over the years Sister Giuseppina organized may groups of poor youth. For 36 years, with the exception of a few months, Sister Giuseppina was superior in various houses. She is remembered as a true mother and servant of the Sisters. It brought out in her a docility for doing the will of others not out of weakness, but out of humility. Many evangelical virtues were reflected in the life of this Daughter of Charity, but let us stress her attitude of faith centered in the person of the crucified Jesus, her humility and her joy. To meet Sister Giuseppina was to experience the goodness and tenderness of God incarnate in her. The Church, in beatifying her, presents us with a model for following Jesus Christ and for giving oneself over to the poor with the virtues and care of Christ.

The International Encounter of the Vincentian Family is held each year. It was held in Rome, Italy this year 31 January-2 February 2008. All the participants received the welcome and support of our Director General, Father Gregory Gay, and the team that works with him with regard to the Vincentian Family: Fr. Manuel Ginete, Delegate, Fr. Alfredo Becerra and Sister Maria Pilar Lopez. Besides the International Coordinators of the seven branches: the Congregation of the Mission, the Daughters of Charity, the International Association of Charity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Vincentian Marian Youth, the Association of the Miraculous Medal, and the Lay Vincentian Missionaries, the Daughters of Charity of St. Jane Antide Thouret and the Religious of St. Vincent de Paul also participated. This


time there were the Daughters of Charity, Strasbourg Federation and the Sisters of Charity North American Federation. And for the Commission for Systemic Change there was its president, Fr. Robert Maloney, C.M. Beforehand, information about new work that has happened with the other Branches of the Vincentian Family was requested. As the AMM we had the joy of presenting two projects of the AMM in Spain: The Project of Chalukuane in Mozambique and the Project San Miguel Tucuru in Guatemala. Also presented was information on the projects of the AMM in Central America and in Cameroon. The principal themes treated were:

 About Systemic Change. Information of the activities of the
commission and a guide for the Establishment of Funds for Projects of Systemic Change.  A proposal about continental workshops for the Vincentian Family was studied (2008-2010).  Aspects about the celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul in 2008 and in 2010, the 350th Anniversary of the death of St. Vincent de Paul, were determined. The actions that were implemented as a result of this encounter will leave them better informed in order to search for a better way ofliving our charism in the Church.


Mrs. Angeline Nsine sent a chronicle of the Pilgrimage on the Feast of the Miraculous Medal accompanied by the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Yaounde, Monsignor Christophe Zoa and the Diocesan Director of Marian Associations, Fr. Albert Essomba. At the beginning of the Eucharist was given an historical summary of the AMM in Cameroon as well as the message of the Blessed Virgin.

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Central African Republic
Marceline Mokongo made us participants in a lively experience of the celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a very 6 important feast for the Catholics of Central Africa. After the pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Ngu-komba, during the sacrament of the anointing of the sick one could see in the blue sky the figure of a large white cross formed by the clouds. It was a manifestation for all of the presence of God in his people.

Fr. Fernando Sanchez, C.M. tells how they keep the feast of the Miraculous Medal in St. John Vianney Parish and the Miraculous Medal Shrine holding a novena with the theme: Mary, Disciple and Missionary. He concludes his account: “They have been days of joy, of enthusiasm, of intense faith, of reflection on the Aparecida document, of great devotion, days where was shown much affection for our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. One could perceive in the faces of the people not only their pain, suffering and anguish, but also their gratitude, their comfort, their peace and love poured out by Mary in the hearts of her children.” The Visitor of this Province which comprises the countries of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay gives us good news. The Association is being created from the processes of the persons and groups involved. They hope to solidify this work in 2008.

Sister Luzdari Jimenez of Cali, Colombia, sent us her bulletin and news of the First Provincial Assembly of the AMM to be celebrated 24 February. She senses great enthusiasm among almost 60 delegates who will participate. We are certain that much fruit will come from this event.

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The members of the AMM have received the approval of their National Statutes by the Director General. We are grateful for the effort made to create them, and in a special way our gratitude goes to Fr. John Macias and Sister Josefina Cabrera, D.C., National Advisors who with dedication and determination guide and accompany the work of its members.

Julio Adolfo Castellanos, lay Director, gives us a vision of the last activities of 2007. In an election atmosphere they have responded with a serious reflection on the significance of voting and with prayer for the government officials. In El Salvador they could share, by radio programs, the topics received from the office of the Vincentian Family about Systemic Change, which got a good response. The celebration of the feast of St. Vincent brought together all the Branches of the Vincentian Family, followed by a Week of Popular Mission at a new parish run by the Province of Central America. In October, the radio program was designated for reflecting on the book of Fr. Maloney: Change Everything In Love. The feast of the Miraculous Medal was an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the poor, to evangelization and to distributing the Miraculous Medal.

Mrs. Irma Perez de Garza, National President, gives us news of the work of the AMM. November 27 had been the opportunity in all the groups of renewing the consecration of the members, of promoting the medal and its message and of fraternal togetherness. The number of members in the Association as well as the number of families who receive the visits of the Virgin has increased. During the year five new centers were founded. A parish in the State of Hidalgo, Jiliapan, is preparing for found the Association soon in the 23 communities that compose it. In the State of Yucatan accompaniment has been given to various groups are in formation, and in the State of Campeche the naming of leadership at a new center took place.


We share with you the letter we received from the National President: As you know, the last events of the disaster that occurred 15 August affected the towns of the south border of Peru, among them Canate, Chincha, Pisco and Ica, including the pastoral works of the Vincentian Missionaries and the Daughters of Charity. It was a strong blow to all the Peruvian people. Many lives were lost, including those near and dear as two Daughters of Charity: Sister Antonieta and Sister Elizabeth and three members of the AMM in Pisco. The Miraculous Medal groups worked together volunteering, giving moral and personal support, helping with provisions, clothing and services centralized in St. Vincent de Paul Parish. We received the support of different people who made donations to us to help our brothers. The help continues yet these cities remain totally destroyed and it will take too much to return them to what they were before. We ask the Lord to continue to help transform our pain and hope into actions of solidarity. Some days before the earthquake, the members of the AMM met for its 7th National Assembly during which we celebrated the 6th Anniversary of the Association. New leadership has been chosen for 2007-2010. Its president: Hayde Guerrero de Gomero, together with her team and her advisors, Fr. Antonio Elduay, C.M. and Sister Olinda Anzualdo, D.C., will continue the work of animation and coordination of the Association.

Mr. Wilfredo Marrero, National President, tells us of the activities of 2007. They had the National Assembly in March with the theme: To imitate St. Vincent you must give yourself over to the poor and to the church. One of the principal activities of the National Leadership has been the visitation of the local centers. In December they had the visit of Father Manuel Ginete, International Coordinator of the Vincentian Family, who moved them to live their service to the poor implementing by it Systemic Change.


The Philippines
Father Renato Ruelas, National Director, tells us that last August 15 he celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the AMM in his country. This event gave the opportunity for thanksgiving to the Lord for all the members who make up the Association and the graces received. It was the occasion for renewing the commitment to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin under the title of the Miraculous Medal in the whole country.

The AMM in this country has made a valiant effort to compose its own National Statutes. Today they tell me that they have been approved by the Director General. The apostolate of its members is of greatest importance within the social, economic, and religious conditions in which they cope.

The National Delegate, Sister Carmen Victoria Ruiz de Toro, tells about the process of formation and updating being done by catechesis. They have especially cared for the formation of the “warm-ups” based on a recently edited text: The disciple received her into his house. An important aspect of the work has been the formational and informational encounters, by the impulse and animation of all the Daughters of Charity of the nine provinces involved in the AMM.

A very conscientious and enthusisastic task has come to an end with the request for the approval of the National Statutes. Fr. Agostinho Texeira, National Director, together with Sister Fatima Verissimo, Advisor, and Mrs. Olimpia Ruano, President, are joyful about this event on the 6th Anniversary of its Founding, 2 February, and give a warm greeting to all the members of the AMM. They tell us: To take a step forward is a sign of life, of permanent challenge, of dreaming more distant. We know that many of our associates, in the example of Simeon and Anna, spend their time in prayer. They are all a gift


for the Association, for the church and the world, and they rejoice to discover that they are instruments of the marvels of God. We bear in mind our associates, to the Vincentian Family, to the poor, all those who most need our prayer and our love. In the image of Mary, we offer all that we are and have and accept all that God gives us.

They share with us the celebration of the feast of the Miraculous Medal, in four different places in the country, which brought them great richness to be gathered together in the celebration of the Eucharist, moments of prayer, of encounter, and of sharing. Christians search with interest to wear the medal. There are 1,555 registered members. In their apostolate they have a strong interest of reaching out to youth who live in indifference. They hope that the Virgin Mary will meet on the way to offer them the message of Good News.

We went to Ecos for the celebration of the Feast of the Miraculous Medal—“A great feast and beautiful celebration with the participation of a Vincentian missionary and a Comboni missionary.” This missionary dimension, so strongly lived in the AMM groups in Switzerland, was evident in the review of the year. They mention especially the richness of having shared with some missionaries about their commitment and their projects, testimonies that do much good for their enthusiasm which is contagious. Many benefactors, by their sacrifices, sustain about 145 projects in the areas of health, education, evangelization, material works, etc. on five continents.

Meeting of the Coordinating Council of the AMM
As you know, the Coordinating Council of the AMM is composed of the Director General, Fr. Gregory Gay; the Coordinator, Fr. Benjamin Romo; Sister Blance Libia Tamayo, Daughter of Charity representative of the Mother General; Sister Carolina Flores Moreno, D.C., Secretary; Fr. Henry Grodecki; Olimpia Ruano; Luis Alfonso Rodriguez; and Martha Tapia. We will have our annual meeting 4-6 April in Fatima. We ask your prayers that we may continue to be guided and enlightened by the Holy Spirit.


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