(Madrid, Spain) A gathering of 15 confreres under the age of 45 from the Province of Madrid took place from the evening of 16th until the afternoon of 19th September in the retreat house of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer.
The group received some input sessions and actively participated in lively discussions on the major areas of our ongoing Redemptorist formation. Among the areas covered were the apostolate, the community living, human sexuality, relationships, our partnership with the laity and transition to ministry. The facilitator, Fr. Ronnie McAinsh of the London Province, also gave 5 input sessions as well as processing the reports from the groups’ sessions. There was a remarkable degree of openness, transparency, and a common desire to continue developing our shared mission and ministry. The Provincial Superior of Madrid, Fr. Jose Luis Bartolome, participated in each plenary session and was open to receive the feedback and process it.
Encounters such as this are ongoing in the Province, and both the Provincial government and the participants are committed to this continuing dynamic which they find to be life giving and energizing.
Fr. Ronnie McAinsh, CSsR.