(Seville, Spain) As many as eleven missionaries dedicated to parish missions met at the parish of the Most Holy Redeemer on 23rd and 24th of September in Seville, Spain. Of them, three from the Cesplam Missionary Team; another three from the Claretian Province of Fátima, and five members from the two Spanish provinces of Paúles.
The two days of workshop focused on launching an itinerary of common reflection to explore new avenues of evangelization in this moment of uncertainty that the pandemic brings with it. We had the opportunity to approach a sociological analysis of the present situation and to seek out the new challenges that this situation poses to the Church. We have also been able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the current pattern of mission; we have also glimpsed the threats and opportunities of this social and historical context that we live in. During the meeting, the concern was how to bring the Gospel message to young people, to promote the internet and social network presence, and to connect more precisely with urban parishes resounded strongly. All this without renouncing the very essence of the itinerant mission that seeks a personal encounter and the consolidation of living communities of faith.
The desire of the three teams of missionaries is to continue this reflection and work together in the following months, adding the richness of their respective charisms. Because, in this time of the pandemic, we can come out renewed and help the missionary revitalization of those communities that require it.
Victor Chacón, CSsR