Fr. Rogerio Gomes, CSsR, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer writes yet another letter to all the lay Partners, Teachers and Students who work in our Educational Institutions in the year dedicated to Community life.
Fr. Gomes shared his thoughts and reflections on “this sacred mission that you so wisely carry out, namely, of being artisans of education and of forming future citizens for social life with all that it implies.” He highlights the quality of teaching to be with commitment, being a conscious contribution to society, that our Redemptorist Educational institutions have made in different contexts. Based on the motto of the XXVI General Chapter, the teachers and educators are called to be poets of hope. (5) Fr. Gomes encourages us to be conscious and aware of a particular contribution to education offered by the Redemptorist Family in the spirit of St Alphonsus: “the formation of conscience” (8). This is the very task that involves confreres and lay partners in our mission and collaborations.
This is a Redemptorist task that involves confreres, lay partners in our mission and collaborators.” Fr Gomes reminds us that “it is important to have a formation that keeps pace with the changes of today’s world. St. Alphonsus contributed to the change in the theological mentality of his time, perceiving its social and ecclesial context, understanding them in depth and offering an altogether different key to the interpretation of reality,” and calls us not to be discouraged in this important service but to be hopeful and creative in our response to the challenges of our own times.
Fr. Gomes draws strength and motivation from St. John Neumann, as a pioneer and a role model in the sphere of education.
Do read the complete Letter from the PDF attached: