Linwood, New Jersey   Spring 2005


ARGENTINIAN COMMUNITY SET TO EXPAND
 


Fr. Terracciano (far left) and Fr. Zordan (far right) meet with seminarians in Colombia.
 

     Since the early 1900ís, our community in Argentina has served the needs of the faithful, witnessing their great love of the Sacred Hearts.  It was first mission established outside of Italy and through the dedication of its members has sustained the charism of our congregation in South America.

     Shortly after the conclusion of the General Chapter in 2004, the new General Council adopted a plan to attempt to expand the South American mission into other countries there.  The task was entrusted to the members of the Argentina community and Fr. Angelo Terracciano, Vicar General would join them in this pursuit.  They hoped to make contact with interested vocation prospects.

     The first tentative contacts were made last summer by Fr. Hector Zordan who is the Delegate of the Superior General in South America.  His efforts produced invitations from the Bishops in  Medellin, Colombia and Quito, Ecuador to meet to discuss the possibilities.  During November and December Fr. Terracciano and Fr. Zordan spent time in both Dioceses where they met with young men who were interested in pursuing vocations to religious life.  During November and December

 

Fr. Terracciano and Fr. Zordan spent time in both Dioceses where they met with young men who were interested in pursuing vocations to religious life.

       They found that in Colombia, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are blooming.  A deeply religious population with a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the country has been blessed with over 500 seminarians.  It was here that Fr. Terracciano and Fr. Zordan found several vocations who wished to apply for candidacy in our congregation.

     With the blessing of the Archbishop of Medillin, they began active recruiting.  The current plan is to bring the candidates to Buenos Aires, Argentina for their formation.  With Godís grace, after they are ordained, they would return to Colombia to establish a community in that country.  At the beginning of March, the first candidate joined the community in Argentina.

     Several candidates in Colombia are remaining in contact with our priests and a return visit to Colombia is planned for this summer by Fr. Terracciano and Fr. Zordan.


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