Tuesday 18 May 2010
The International Council of the Rosary Teams was held on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February at the Dominican sisters of the Holy Family.
The program was loaded, it was necessary that all guests would be able to speak and that the international leadership would be able to present the extent of its actions and goals. The sharings, enriched by the diversity of cultures, witnessed to a common cohesion, a common expression, a common missionary and pastoral care which guide the leadership of the Teams.
Yes! Our friends from Belgium, Benin, Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Gabon, Madagascar, Mauritius, the low Countries, Rodrigues, the Seychelles and Switzerland were fantastic.
As Fr. Elie-Pascal Epinoux remembers, the spirit of Pentecost was at the heart of meetings.
Everywhere particular attention is evident in the aspect of “proximity”.
Despite the difficulties of communication, of travel and of distance, real efforts are made to reach people, to create contacts, to support teams. For example, in Ivory Coast, a pictorial ‘prayer leaflet’ was created for those who cannot read. Elsewhere, broadcasting the prayer on radio is a means of reaching those who read with difficulty.
As far as the monthly prayer is concerned, it was found that for a majority it is also an occasion of gathering on a brotherly level. By arranging, after the prayer, a social, sometimes festive, gathering when joys, cares, difficulties and hopes are shared.
Those gatherings, then, are places where speaking and listening are shared in fraternal warmth, trust and discretion.
Expectations were expressed: the need for formation, care in structuring teams to facilitate their acceptance within the parish, the diocese, but also to witness that the Rosary Teams are a Marial and missionary Church Movement. The participation of Mgr. Alain Planet, bishop of Carcassone, shows this reality of being at the heart of the Church.
Another point stressed by Fr. Gilles Danroc, international chaplain, is the confirmation in 2010 of the international link between the Rosary Teams and the Order of Preachers.
The Rosary Teams may not have to be everywhere, but they are, happily, in many countries and continents. Their spread is not planned, but the capillarity which is their mode of spreading, knows no boundary of space nor time. A way was opened during the International Council 2010 to facilitate the creation of federations in the image of the one in the Indian Ocean (FEROI). This is how could be born the Federation of the Rosary Teams of West Africa (FERAO) and, in the longer term, the federation of the Rosary Teams of Central Africa (FERAC). The International Coordination remains open to other perspectives, such as the response to the unity needs of Christian communities forced into exile because of wars, persecutions or difficulties they meet with wherever they are re-formed.
This is evidence that our Movement is well understood and well lived, that it is also a tool of evangelisation and unity, a Movement bearer of and witnessing to the hope which drives us in faith and leads us to charity towards the little ones.
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