Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Priests 'need comprehensive formation'
Karnataka clergy must be better prepared to tackle issues in the real world, archbishop saysAttendees at the meeting
- Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore
- April 15, 2011
âSeminaries create an artificial atmosphere, within a protected environment, and donât reflect the realities going on beyond their wallsâŚ Thatâs why every priest needs adequate and timely formation throughout his life,â said Bishop Aloysius Paul DâSouza of Mangalore.
For a priest to adequately respond to present-day issues with continuous divine inspiration, ongoing formation is necessary from day one till his last day, he told priests at a pastoral consultation in Mangalore yesterday.
Following the day-long consultation, it was unanimously decided to adopt systematic mandatory ongoing formation for priests in the southern Indian city.
A number of programs were drawn up for priests.
Citing the example of Goa archdiocese, which has a year-long formation program for newly-ordained priests, Father Vincent Monteiro said: âWe need to have formative programs for priests in every age group.â
While one program of ongoing formation included a three-week intensive training course on personality development, relationships and social analysis, there were also special programs for senior and retired priests.
âOne of the programs is called âAging Gracefully and Remaining Youngâ,â said Father Monteiro, coordinator of the study and initial planning for all formative programs.
Interaction between priests and government officials to handle situations better in the future and studying crisis management, law, eco sciences and cultural heritage were some of the suggestions made at the consultation.
To live and respond to every issue with integrity, a priestâs personal, human and theological growth is important, concluded Bishop DâSouza.