Mar 06 2012

Initiacion of the Capuchin Tertiry Sister way of life

The young girls who experience God ´s call to follow Christ as Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family start the formation process within their own families accompanied by the vocation promoter, who helps them to deepen their self knowledge and the capacity to discern God ´s will.The searchers are also given opportunities to alternate with experiences living with the sisters in their communities.

After the first vocational discernment, they continue with the postulancy in a formative community, stage which lasts for two years.During this period the candidates are led to get a clear perception of the divine call, as well as a vast self knowledge and of the Congregation. It is also a period to discover their fitness for religious life as Capuchin Tertiary Sisters.In this endeavor they are not alone, but accompanied by the other candidates, the mistresses and the community members.

After this intensive period aiming at the consolidation of a human and Christian foundation, they proceedwith the noviciate which is an even more intense and fundamental stage of two years. It is now the time for the candidates to learn to center their lives in God and toacquire a profound relationship with Jesus, to assimilate the spirituality and charism of the Congregation and the specific knowledge about consecrated life.

Once they have completed these stages, freely and joyfully they take vows of obedience, chastity and poverty for one year renewable year after year during a period of four to six years, after which they do the final profession.Throughout this time of temporal vows, the concern is the strengthening and consolidation of their vocation and formation by means of some theological studies alternated with fraternal and pastoral experiences.

The formation of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters is not limited to one period of time, but a lifetime process which enables them for a constant openness and a progressive taking on of the attitudes of Christ.Ongoing formation then is crucial to consecrated life and it is provided to the sisters through special periodic programs for vocation renewal, but above all, they are daily formed by the experiences and opportunities involved in community life.

Prayer-contemplation, Eucharistic celebration, togetherness, missionary and pastoral work with the poor as minor sisters, and a healthy Franciscan-Amigonian spirituality are the pillars to support our daily response to the Lord and our brothers and sisters.

If you are young, if you want your life to be meaningful, if you arefascinated by the person of Jesus, if you want to give yourself up entirely to the poor, make contact with: capuchin.del[@]pldtdsl.net

Mar 06 2012

The Lay Amigonian Movement – LAM – emerged as a public international association approved by the Church in the year 2002. Before its appearance as a legal association there were already Amigonian groupsparticipating in the charism and mission of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters.

Inserted into the Amigonian Family, the LAM is integrated by lay men and women who sympathize, cooperate and/or commit themselves to live their Christian life according to the charism of Luis Amigo, together with the members of the two congregations he founded.Its creation is also the response to the directives of the Church to share and enrich the charism given by the Spirit with members of the laity.

Identity

The Amigonian lay men and women are Christians who, from their own vocation, are called by the Spirit to follow Jesus Christ in the style of Luis Amigo.The model of their way of life is the Family of Nazareth with attitudes of shared love, joint responsibility, joy and service. They are called to be witnessesof the love of God made service to their brothers and sisters in the midst of the world.

Mission

Apostolic commitment is one of the most serious demands to the Amigonian lay persons.Accepting the universal call to holiness and the perfection of their particular state, they must make Christ present in the social realities where they are immersed, through an active participation in the evangelizing mission of the Church.

The Amigonian laity, as shepherds of the flock, show with their behavior the characteristics of God ´s merciful love as taught by Luis Amigo, especially in the relationship with the most needy,children and youth, the defense of justice and human rights, and being makers of peace in their families and professional life.

Spirituality

In the style of the Franciscan-Amigonian spirituality, the Amigonian laity ´s spiritual life takes its nourishment and inspiration from the daily meditation of the Word of God, the frequent reception of the sacraments, love to the Virgin Mary and the study of the doctrine of the Church.

All the family members: men, women, children and youth are accepted into the ALM.However, each group ´s specific commitment is carried out according to age and different possibilities.

Why do we not unite our dreams, ideas, projects and efforts to be Jesus ´s witnesses in the world?

Mar 06 2012 From the book: “To Risk Life for the Gospel” By Rufino Maria Grandez, FMOCap.

On July 1987 two brave missionaries felt to the ground pierced by members of the Tagaeri : Mgr. Alejandro Labaka, a Spanish Bishop from the Aguarico mission, and Sister Ines Arango, a Colombian Capuchin Tertiary Sister, who belonged to the same mission.

Dying like heroes they showed their preferential option for Jesus Christ in defenseof the humble ones, the Tagaeri minorities of Ecuador. They got neither money nor medals, but martyrdom, the prize God granted to the coherence of their life with their missionary vocation.

Our Superior General wrote on that occasion: “Ines ´ martyrdom invites us to question ourselves seriously.Which is the cornerstone giving support to our consecrated life?What are our aims and objectives in life?” .

Alejandro and Ines were the voice of the voiceless, the defenders of the ethnic minorities subdued and deprived of their land by colonizers in search of crude and new territories. Both missionaries were looking for an equilibrium between the defense of the native and the development of the country.When the time had come for them to make a decision, they opted to look for them in the forest.And yet for the sake of self the Tagaeri killedthem thinkingthat they were going to attack them.

Ines was aware that her option implied running a high risk, but the hardships and sacrifices did not matter on condition that she could love them wholeheartedly. “I would be happy if I die for them”, she had commented a few days before the event.

A small note in Ines ´ own handwritingwas found in her room as an expression of her last will.It reads as follows: “In the event of death, use the money left for the poor. If I die, I will leave happily.I wish if only no one would know me.I am not after a name or fame.God knows it.I am with all of you always, Ines”.

Mar 06 2012

Martyrdom of the Sisters: Rosario from Soano Serafina from Ochovi and Francisca from Rafelbuol

On July 18, 1936, the Spanish Civil War broke out and was prolonged until April 1939.It was characterized by its bloody religious persecution and hatred to the Church.As a result, many temples and convents were profaned and burnt; several bishops, a great number of priests, men and women religious and faithful lay people were killedon the groundsthat they were catholic believers.

Rosario, Serafina and Francisca , who at that time had specialpositions in the Congregation, were not afraid to profess their faith.They were obliged to abandon the convent andtake refuge in houses offamilies until August 21, 1936, when they were held prisoners, forced to perform heavy works and tortured both physically and psychologically.

Rosario and Serafinawere executed on the road going to Puzolthe following day.Rosario, showing herself very brave until the end, addressed her executioner, andtaking off her ring , she told him:“TAKE IT.I GIVE IT TO YOUAS A SIGN OF MY FORGIVENESS”. The soldier, deeply impressed, returned to his position saying:“ We have killed a holy woman...We have killed asaint” .

Francisca was executed on September 27, the same year, at the cemetery of Gilet,after a long periodofphysical sufferings,psychological tortures and humiliations.She also spoke to her executioners before she was shot .“WAIT FOR A WHILE, - she said.I WILL TELL YOU SOME FEW WORDS:MAY GOD GRANT YOU HIS FORGIVENESS, AS I ALSO FORGIVE YOU”.And giving a cheer to the top of her voice to Christ the King, she gloriously fell to the ground.

Passionate love for Godand service to the poor is the best summary of Rosario, Serafinaand Francisca ´s life and vocation and the best encouragement for us to follow the only way that gives fulfillmentto our religious life: Jesus Christ.

To follow... follow... follow, without looking backwards, with the eyes fixedon Jesus Christ Crucified... with burning hearts with love for him... to follow without any other light or guidance, but love... love even going up to martyrdom: this was the secret of their steadfastness and strength.

Rosario, Serafina and Francisca discovered that true happiness is found in God and only in Him and that true wisdom consists in recognizing Him as the Supreme Lord over all;they understood how fleeting human illusions are and that only God remains for ever; they experienced that only God fills the human heart and fills it totally.

For this reason, when the imminent hour had arrived, they went to martyrdom joyfully , giving the clearest proof oftheir firm faith, solid hope and unconditional love.

“You have not chosen me.I have chosen you and sent you to bear fruit and fruit that shall last...”.(John 15, 16)

Mar 06 2012

Founder of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers ofOur Lady of Sorrows

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE

Friar Luis from Massamagrell was the religious name of Jose Maria Amigo y Ferrer, once he became Capuchin.He is the founder of two religious congregations: the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows. He was born in Massamagrell – Valencia, Spain, on October 17, 1854.

Childhood and Young

He spent his childhood and youth in Valencia, where he started his studies to become a priest in the Conciliar Seminary of Valencia.While studying, he also became a member of some catholic associations, through whichvoluntaryservice to the poorwas promoted.

In 1874 he experienced God´s call to become a capuchin, so he directed his steps towards the convent of the Friar Minors in Bayonne, France, because the religious orders had been expelled from Spain some years before.In Bayonne he took the Franciscan monastic habit on April 12, 1874.

Capuchin and Priest

Three years later, Friar Luis from Massamagrell, as he was named in the convent, went back to Spain.He was ordained priest on March 29, 1879 and, from there onwards, he carried out his priestly ministry in a prison in Dueso, where he was deeply touched while observing the big number of prisoners confined in jail and so badly cared for.

Without a doubt, this first experience engraved in his inner self gave shape to the charism and mission of the two congregations he founded and made him the true apostle of the outcast and youth in risky situations.

In the Orderof Friar Minors he was appointed to be guardian and provincial minister as well as the one in charge of several other outstanding works.

Founder

Stimulated by the prompting of his heart, Friar Luis greatly promoted the growth of the Secular Franciscan Order for the spiritual wellbeing of young men and women. Through his contact with them he was inspired to establish the Congregations of Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows, dreams which became true in 1885 and 1889 respectively.The specific charism and purpose of the male congregation is the Christian education of the youth with behavioral problems or ledastray from the path of goodness and truth.

Bishop

In 1907 he was consecrated Bishop and appointed guide and shepherd of the Diocese of Solsonaand some years later transferred to the Diocese of Segorbe, both of them in Spain.

As a loving son of the Church , he accepted rendering this service in humility of heart, faithfulness to his capuchin religious vocation and obedience to his own Episcopal motto:“I give my life for my sheep”. He performed his ministry with great love, following the steps in the footsteps of Jesus,Good Shepherd, who always inspired his pastoral work.

Spirituality

During his pastoral ministry, both as capuchin and bishop, the life of Luis Amigo was an existence of communion with the Lord, nourished by grace and sustained by prayer. He used to put every plan and endeavor in God ´s hands, firmly convinced of the success if it was His will and for His glory.Many signs showed him that God was pleased with them, especially within the scope of the two congregations which he could see growing strong and bearing ripe fruit, in spite of the many trials he faced.

Another spiritual dimension of his life worthwhile being mentioned is his love to the most needy: aged, sick, orphans, outcast and youth with psychologicalandbehavioralproblems. He was a tireless defender of their human dignity asGod ´s children anddevoted himself to teach them how to know God and His merciful love.

Death and Process of Beatification

Father LuisAmigo died on October 1, 1934, at 80 years of age in Godella, - Valencia, in the mother house of the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows, surroundedby many of his sons and daughters of the two congregations he had founded.He was buried at the church ofthe mother house of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters, in Massamagrell, his natal town.His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage, veneration and prayer .

A very important stage in the canonical process of his beatificationwas culminated on June 13, 1992, when the Holy Father John Paul II declared him venerable and the Church presented him as “giant of spiritual life, model and prototype of religious, priests, bishops and founders”.

At the present time, the experts are examining one of the miracles attributed to his intercession.

Mar 06 2012

The cry of the poor is an urgent call to reach them out with the attitude of the Good Shepherd. Our Congregation, since its very origins, has been in tune with the clamour of the needy and has responded with a vigorous charism in communion of love with the Church.

“Love, self-denial and sacrifice” is our motto... to surrender our life for those who can not dream,have been strippedof their human dignity, deprived of food, education and the tender care of a family, or even uprooted from their home land. To all these and also those who are disoriented , without any point of referencein life, the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters want to approach bringing them the tenderness and mercy of God, claiming for justice and the integrity of nature and being channels of peace wherever we are and wherever we go:

  • Educating children and youth, the future builders of a more human, fraternal and mutually abiding society.
  • Protecting and rehabilitating children in risky situations, providingthem with all the means for the development of harmonious personalities.
  • Promoting programs in favor and support of women and families.
  • Curing all kinds of illness and sufferings.
  • Cooperating with the pastoral work of the Church and missionsin places of first evangelization.

In communion of feelings with the Church, we are committed in the task of incarnating Christ in human history;through a new way of being, loving and sharing, we bring our generous contribution to the building up of a new society of brothers and sisters.

Mar 06 2012 Santuario

We are the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family, founded at the shrine of Our Lady of Montiel in Benaguacil -Valencia, Spain, on May 11, 1885.

As a religious family we strongly experience that the Spirit of the Lord summons us to be with Him and to live His own style of life in order to serve our brothers and sisters in the midst of the world.

To follow Jesus Christ as minor sisters, in the style of Francis of Assisi, who considered himself the last one among his brothers and the servan­t of all :­­­this is our peculiar characteristic as Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and our specific way of Life.

Fraternidad Comunitaria

We share our faith and lifein fraternal communities in the lifestyle of the Family of Nazareth, whom we take as model and patron of our day to day living making it possible for our founder’s dream to become a reality: ‘You must try to be intimately united among your selves, since this is the secret of strength”.

The atmosphere of our community life is characterized by joyful cheerfulness and simplicity in our relationships, hospitality and a welcoming attitude towards all kinds of people and a great confidence in God’s providence, which was also peculiar in our Father Founder.

Our faith is nourished inthe Eucharist, center of our personal and community life, as well as in the Word of God, liturgical prayer and a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the core of history, who invites us to contemplate the world attentively looking at the signs of thetimes. In Marywe have the model of our response to the Lord. Her unconditional YES sheds light for us to live our consecrated life happily.