125 years serving migrants, but constantly called to a renewal.

The event that will take place on next November 2012 in the Diocesan Spiritual Centre of Turcifal, Portugal, is a vital appointment for the Scalabrinian Congregation. In the prayer written on the occasion, addressing to God the Father, we read: “Serving migrants and refugees is to contribute to the coming of your Kingdom on the way to our homeland, a place and a space of salvation and fraternity in communion with Mary, St. Charles, blessed Scalabrini and with all our brothers and sisters, religious and secular, who preceded us on the journey of faith”.

General meetings like this one, the 14th for Scalabrinian Missionaries, draw their strength from the involvement of missionaries gathered from every corner of the world, becoming the privileged opportunity to “share and enrich the common research and new responses to the invitation addressed to us by the Lord to serve Him in the migrants, a creative fidelity to the charism of blessed J. B. Scalabrini”, as stated by Fr. Sergio Geremia, current General Superior of the Institute.

Many the issues that will be faced, from religious life to specific mission, collected in a document just published, which all show “a lively waiting, corresponding to a desire of something new for our Congregation. Our mission and our identity are asking for "new wine into new wineskins" (Mark 2.22)”, as the missionaries of the pre-chapter Commission express.

Facing the world in constant and rapid change, renewing, updating one’s service is an obligation, just as the Vatican Council II teaches, placing it as an emblem. Mentality, charismatic vision on migration and heart will be challenged to get involved in giving new life to the “scalabrinian” being and working among migrants.

Rome, October 15, 2012

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