CLC: News from the Ex-Co

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CLC Day - World Prayer. Saturday March 27, 02:00 PM (Rome Time)
It is with joy and hope that we share with you the details of our world prayer next Saturday March 27, 2021. It will be at 14:00 Rome time. We would be grateful if you could check the time according to the geographical area you are in. It will last 30 minutes.
The prayer can be viewed on the YouTube CVXCLC Channel, through the following link:
https://youtu.be/wqUMBRx9JDU
Prayer


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Document on the role of the Ecclesiastical Assistant in CLC
A few days ago, the new document on the role and profile of the Ecclesiastical Assistant in CLC was presented. It is the fruit of much prayer, dialogue and discernment between the World Executive Council and Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ, World Ecclesiastical Assistant and Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
We invite everyone to welcome, pray, join in the reflection and be creative in the implementation, so that we can continue to grow, mature and consolidate as a lay, Ignatian and apostolic world community.
Video that invites you to read the document. You can adjust the subtitles for English, Spanish and French (and automatic translation to other languages):
https://youtu.be/7YTUGvPmRVQ
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Advent Calendar
In a year when the pandemic is putting us to the test as a society and as individuals, when everything feels new and difficult, Christians are called to renew hope - both ours and the world’s. However, as befitting, we do want to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child who brings good tidings for everyone. Which is why for the last couple of years we have been bringing you our Advent Calendar.
It is a calendar that can be followed on Social Media and which reaches as far as these networks do. Honduras, Germany, Mexico, Canada and Japan are just some of the places where people have been preparing Christmas with the help of this calendar, which is available in Spanish and English. We hope to add French soon.
If you belong to any movement, parish, community, school, etc. and you would like to receive all the material, information, publications, and challenges to plan your Advent with us, fill out the following form:
https://forms.gle/5n5pDYAY3foF3Vy67


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With joy we share that Fr. José de Pablo S.J. has been appointed as the new Vice-Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Christian Life Community. Welcome José!
José was present at our last General Assembly in Buenos Aires as part of the ESDAC (Exercices Spirituels pour un Discernement Apostolique en Commun) team that guided the process and experience of common discernment.
José is 50 years old. He was born in Spain. He completed a degree in Philosophy and Literature at the Pontifical University of Comillas and a degree in Theology at the Miltown Institute in Dublin. He has a Master's degree in Journalism. For the last seven years he has been living in Brussels, working as assistant (socius) of the President of the Conference of European Provincials. Previously, José has worked in Spain in education and youth ministry.
Fr. José will begin his responsibility as World Vice-Ecclesiastical Assistant from the 1st of September 2020 and will develop his new mission by living and collaborating at the Saint Ignatius' Santa Cova Sanctuary in Manresa (Spain).
We join in prayer for the life and mission of José as a member of the World Executive Council.


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Our dear world community,
Our beloved Father Adolfo Nicolás SJ has peacefully united with His creator and Lord today, 20th of May in Tokyo, Japan.
Fr Nicolas was our World CLC Ecclesiastical Assistant from 2008 until year 2016. He was a member of the World Executive Council and was present in Fatima 2008 and Lebanon 2013 World Assemblies. He was the 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
Many of us have many heartfelt stories of personal encounters with Fr Nicolas. He was wise, generous, and warm. An encounter with him would almost always be infused with wit, tender laughter, and gentle truths. Meeting him was always a gratifying moment of deep human connection like seeing a dear friend, united in mission.
Recognising our particular vocation as a lay Ignatian community in the Church, Fr Nicolas accompanied and challenged us in our endeavours being actively present in the pressing realities of our world. Most notably, in Lebanon 2013, he invited us to rediscover the Language of Wisdom. He inspired us to explore how we might engage with the contemporary world beyond history and prophecy: wisdom. He pointed out that through Ignatian spirituality we can provide the depth which societies need today. Wisdom in this sense is about discovering God’s gracious action, not simply in his more obvious actions in history, but in everything, in ordinary life. It is the way of the Contemplation on Love (SpEx 230-237), of finding God in all things. (Lebanon 2013 – Final Document No. 7)
Today, we grieved as one community for losing a companion in the path. In the same vein, we also thank the Lord for the gift of fellowship and communion that have deepened with our Ignatian family and particularly, that of Society of Jesus, through Fr Nicolas.
Let us pray for the eternal rest of his soul.
Here are Fr. Nicolás' speeches at the G.A. in 2008 and 2013


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World CLC ExCo and Regional Teams virtual meeting
On April 4th, the World CLC ExCo and Regional Teams met virtually to share how CLC is interpreting what is being seen and lived about the Covid-19 pandemic in our countries and the world; and how can CLC assist in the processes that are causing the pandemic and the consequent historical change?

Here is a summary of how much we lived and shared in the meeting:
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World Christian Life Community Day
“Christian hope, nourished by the light of Christ,
makes the resurrection and life shine
even in the world’s darkest nights.” (Pope Francis)

Dear World Community:
Happy World CLC Day! On March 25th each year, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, CLC
celebrates the World CLC Day. Let us give thanks to God for so much good received throughout
our history, and particularly, in what we have experienced in the last year.
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Coronavirus
We are living in a difficult time in the world. From the World Executive Council we want to join in prayer with all those who are living today, in a particular way, the effects of the Coronavirus. We have received news of a CLC member in Lebanon who died a few days ago. And also from others who are with the symptoms, in care. For all of them, our prayer.
It is also a time when, in various parts of the world, time has slowed down. We are being "invited" to stay in our homes. It is a time to be more "isolated" in a hyper-connected world. May this time be an opportunity to meet in silence. To be able to live this Lent "with more time" for prayer, mercy, charity. Time to prepare our hearts to celebrate (perhaps in a different way) the World CLC Day, next March 25th. Read Projects N°173 and ask yourself: "How could we create renewed, innovative and attractive experiences of Ignatian discernment and encounter with Jesus for and with young people? May it be a time for God to continue doing great things in us.


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Response of Pope Francis
Vatican City, October 16, 2019

Esteemed friends in the Lord:
On the occasion of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, and on behalf of the members of the Christian Life Community, you kindly summited a thoughtful letter to the Holy Father, in which you share with him some remarks for consideration.
His Holiness Francis, thanking you for this gesture of trust, encourages you to continue conveying the hope and joy of the Gospel to all those around you. In addition, he begs you to pray for him and the fruits of his service to the Holy People of God. At the same time, invoking the maternal protection of our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, he wholeheartedly imparts onto you an invoked Apostolic Blessing, which he is pleased to extend to your families and loved ones.
I avail myself of this opportunity to express to you the testimony of my highest consideration and esteem in Christ.

Edgar Peña Substitute
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Open Letter to the Pope - Amazon Synod
Dear friends,

We share the open letter that the World ExCo sent to Pope Francis last week. As a lay Ignatian community, this is our way of feeling with the Church today. We invite you to read and share it with the CLC and beyond, as you see fit.
Open Letter


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Projects 172: We believe God spoke to CLC in Buenos Aires
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to deliver Projects 172: We believe God spoke to CLC in Buenos Aires. The first part shares expressions from our (the World ExCo) spiritual conversations during the last ExCo Meeting. Please share them with all your members. The second part gives an extended sharing of our perspectives, for those who wish to go further.
You can download them through the links below:
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Announcing the Next Executive Secretary of CLC
With great joy, we wish to share with you that Manuel Martinez, from the CLC in Uruguay, has been chosen to be the next Executive Secretary of the Christian Life Community.
He will assume his position as an appointed member of the World ExCo and as Executive Secretary before 2019 ends.
Read the full announcement


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Call for the New Executive Secretary
We would like to invite you to accompany the World ExCo and the national communities as we continue to search for members who are willing to take on the position of CVX-CLC Executive Secretary.
Feel free to contact your national teams and executive councils if you wish to know more about the search and application processes.
Here's the link to the Roles and Responsibilities of the position:


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Final Document
The final document of the Buenos Aires 2018 World Assembly
Final Document


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XVII World CLC Assembly 2018
The XVII World CLC Assembly was opened with the welcome message of the President of the World CLC Mauricio Lopez, followed by the reading of the messages of the Pope and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The three presidents of Arupa then welcome the delegates who present their flags followed by the address of Mauricio Lopez to the community and the Opening Mass which was presided by Fr. Alejandro Tilve, sj (Provincial of the Province of Argentino-Uruguay)
Follow us on the Assembly Website
Pope Message


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Lay People, Between Responsibilities and Formation
01 March 2018. Meeting of the World Executive Council with the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life represented by Prefect Kevin Farrell, Secretary Alexandre Awi Mello, and Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni.
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Progressio Supplement No. 73: The International Formation Encounter on Family
We are pleased to announce Progressio Supplement #73: The International Formation Encounter (IFE) on Family. In it you will find all the presentations and reflection of the IFE on Family, held in Madrid, Spain last July 2017.

The IFE on Family was a partnership between the CLC World Executive Council and Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid. Bearing the theme of: “See how they love one another”.
A lay Ignatian look at Family In response to the call for a new family pastoral in Amoris Laetitia. We now share with you the stories and graces of the encounter.

We hope that you find this useful and meaningful as you respond to call of Amoris Laetitia. We encourage you to share this to persons and groups who can draw inspiration from it. For feedback (comments, questions, reflections, requests) email us through progressio@cvx-clc.net. We always appreciate hearing from you!

Email: progressio@cvx-clc.net
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World ExCo Meeting 2018
The World Executive Council meets in Rome on February 24-March 4, 2018. Be with us in prayer as we review how the Spirit has moved through our term and we prepare for the upcoming World Assembly in Buenos Aires!


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Projects 169: World CLC Day 2018 – “Caring for our gift, offering it more generously in joy”
Dear Friends,

In Projects 169, Herminio Rico SJ, Ann Marie Brennan, and Najat Sayegh bring us into a deeper reflection of what our 50 years as CLC mean, in the light of this moment in the Church and in the world as well as our future mission. We ask that you bring this into your reflections and celebrations for World CLC Day 2018.
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ExCo Nomination
Dear Friends,

Good day--

Relaying important updates regarding the nomination period for candidates to the World Executive Council:
http://bit.ly/NominationPeriod-enPDF


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Projects 168: “CLC celebration, consolidation, renewal”
Our celebration will be marked not by frantic activity, but with a united and deliberate relishing and reflection, which will culminate in the 2018 World Assembly in Buenos Aires. Many of you have already begun it. From here onwards until July 2018, we’ll journey closer together!
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Remembering Lebanon 2013
One year before our Buenos Aires Assembly!
We continue our preparations by remembering the 2013 Lebanon Assembly. How far have we gone, CLC?
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4 th Letter from the President to the World Christian Life Community 2017
Convocation to the Buenos Aires 2018 World Assembly, July 22 to 31, 2018.
The theme: "CLC, a gift for the Church and the world"
The passage of Scripture: “How many loaves have you?... Go and see” (Mk 6:38)
The Grace we ask the Lord in our Assembly: “We desire greater depth and integration in the living out of our CLC charism in the world today”
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PROJECTS 167: An (extra)ordinary meeting of the W-ExCo
We are pleased to share with you our Annual Meeting last February through Projects 167: An (extra)ordinary meeting of the W-ExCo by Denis Dobbelstein, in behalf of the World ExCo. We hope this excites you about things to come...
Projects 167


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© Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ Appointed as World CLC Ecclesiastical Assistant
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has been appointed by the Holy See, through the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life as World Christian Life Community Ecclesiastical Assistant. He assumes this role after Fr. Adolfo Nicolas SJ. In this capacity, becomes a member of the World Executive Council of the Christian Life Community-- Welcome Fr Arturo Sosa!
Read the letter of appointment


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World ExCo Meeting 2017
The World Executive Council meets in Rome on February 18-26, 2017. Be with us in prayer as we prepare for the upcoming 50th year of CLC and the 2018 World Assembly in Buenos Aires!


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PROJECTS: World CLC Day 2017— Remembering
We are pleased to bring you PROJECTS: World CLC Day 2017— Remembering. Kindly ensure that all individual communities and members are able to receive and find time to read this document.
Projects 166


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Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ

Fr. Kolvenbach passes away
Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, passed away on November 26, 2016. Fr. Kolvenbach was the World CLC Ecclesiastical Assistant (EA) from 1984 to 2008. Throughout his 24 years as our EA, he continuously reminded us of our deep heritage within the Church and the Ignatian tradition. He reminded the Society of Jesus and CLC that working with each other enriches our mission. He believed that our being one world body was a manifestation of our communion with the Church. In this, we are united with him in prayer, and in gratitude for the life he has gifted us with.


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MIDDLE EAST: SEARCHING FOR THE WORD
At the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, a group of Jesuits involved in the Middle East wrote the following text. It is primarily a call to the conscience of everybody in the light of what many Christians are living today in the Middle East.
May this text lead to exchanges and encourage all those who are concerned for the future of the peoples living in this region, to take concrete initiatives.
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Progressio available online
You can download recent versions of Progressio from the CVX-CLC website, free to share.
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Email: progressio@cvx-clc.net


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President’s Letter No. 3 to the CLC World Community. 2016
"As members of CLC we are walkers, on a road that surpasses our limitations and our own strengths. Our journey is to follow Christ in the midst of our everyday reality, attentive to the very urgent cries of the most marginalized."
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Progressio Supplement #72: Caring for Creation
We are pleased to announce the release of Progressio Supplement #72: Caring for Creation. Developed by the CLC Ecology Commission, it stands as our community's contribution to the ongoing action in the Ecology Frontier, one of the priorities of the Lebanon World Assembly.

In it you will find reflections, stories and invitations for apostolic action by CLC members across the world, including the Amazon project. It also includes a set of 12 community meeting plans for use by groups, focusing on growing in communion with creation, as well as deepening mission and response!

We hope that you find this useful as you engage further the Ecology frontier. We encourage you to share this to persons and groups who can draw benefit from it. For feedback (comments, questions, reflections, requests) email us through progressio@cvx-clc.net. We always appreciate hearing from you!
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Email: progressio@cvx-clc.net


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Survey on the Frontiers
Last May 2015, in the president’s letter to the national communities, Mauricio Lopez requested all national communities to “put all your energies” into responding to a survey regarding their endeavors in the four frontiers so that “we end up with a clear picture of who we are and what we are doing at the frontiers.”
This is one of the foundations of how we can connect our apostolic efforts and learn from each others’ challenges. Let’s do this and submit by November 30, 2015.
PresidentLetter
Email: exsec@cvx-clc.net
Survey


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Progressio now available online
You can now download recent versions of Progressio from the CVX-CLC website, free to share.
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Email: progressio@cvx-clc.net


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PROJECTS: World ExCo Meeting 2015
We are pleased to bring you Projects 161: World ExCo Meeting 2015 . Kindly ensure that your community members get access to the document.
Projects 162


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World ExCo meeting 2015
The World Executive Council will have its annual meeting in Rome from February 15-22.
Join us with your prayers.
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President's letter
Mauricio López's letter to World CLC. 2014
Read the letter


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CLC joins Jesuit Networking
Now CLC is part of the core Group of Jesuit Networking, participating in the strategy and contributing with resources to the network
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World ExCo meeting 2014
From February 15th to 23th in Rome the new world ExCo will have its first meeting.
Join us with your prayers


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Appointment of New Executive Secretary
After a long process of deliberation and discernment, The ExCo has selected a new Executive Secretary for World CLC. The couple selected for this post are Alwin and Rojean Macalalad, from the Philippines.
We also express our heartfelt thanks to the current Executive Secretary, Franklin Ibáñez and Sofía Montañez who will continue in office till the new couple arrives and officially takes over.
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World ExCo letter on Syria
September 2013
Our world CLC community is deeply concerned about the urgent situation in Syria.
Read Letter


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New World Executive Council ExCo 2013-2018
President: Mauricio Lopez (Mexico)
Vice-president: Edel Churu (Kenya)
Secretary: Najat Sayegh (Lebanon)
Consultors: Denis Dobbelstein (Belgium French);Chris Hogan (Australia); Anne-Marie Brennan (USA); Josephine Shamwana-Lungu (Zambia)

Ecclesiastical assistant: P. Adolfo Nicolás sj
Vice-Ecclesiastical assistant: Luke Rodrigues sj
Executive Secretary: Franklin Ibanez and Sofia Montanez


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CLC Rome accommodation project
SEEKING FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF WORLD CLC AND OUR APOSTOLIC WORKS
The aim of this project is one of creating long term institutional stability in the world CLC community in order to act more efficiently as an apostolic body.
25/08/2012 Our project has finished with full success. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
This apartment will be named “Josée Gsell” (1925-1999)
presentation of the project


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Meeting between the General Council of Jesuits and CLC
On Tuesday, 27 March 2012, Fr. General and his Council met with some members of the Executive Council (ExCo) of CLC. The purpose of this meeting was to explore how these two Ignatian bodies in the Church could continue their close collaboration. There was exchange of gratitude and appreciation for the constant support to one another. Then the members of the meeting looked into the various dimensions through which CLC, as a Lay Apostolic Body, could carry the Ignatian charism into all the areas such as their daily life, apostolic involvement, and responsibility for institutional works. Final discussion was on the oncoming celebration of the 450 years Jubilee of Ignatian lay communities in 2013.



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