CANDIDATES’ EXPERIENCE IN PERU
A group of eight candidates in the final year of formation spent two weeks in the SDC Centre in Julio C. Tello, in Lurin Perú. During this experience they organized and participated in various activities realized in conjunction with the members in the Centre. These included activities for all the children who attend at the Centre, a whole-day reflection for the Lurin candidates, a two day seminar for the Aspirants, visits to the outstations and participation in two courses for catechists held in two parishes in Caraballyo. The Director of Candidates, Albert Mangion (Malta) and Superior Anton Grima (Poland) accompanied the group.
A retreat in Monte Oliveto
Between Monday 27th and Friday 29th July a group of nine members participated in a silent retreat in the Benedictine Monastery of Monte Oliveto found in the Toscana region in Italy. During this retreat the members adopted the timetable of prayer times of the Benedictine Community and reflected on excerpts from conferences that Dom Laurence Freemen osb had delivered in the same Monastery in 2013.
A Retreat on the Sea
The SDC organized a Retreat on the Sea between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th July. The eighteen members who participated in this experience had the opportunity to appreciate the marine environment of the Maltese Islands. The retreat included boat trips, prayer time, conferences, information on the sea and time for recreation. This retreat provided members with the opportunity to appreciate the phrase that ‘we recognize God from the works of his hands’. (The Watch)
An experience in Albania
Members Ivan Cutajar (Mosta), Renè Camilleri (Paola) and Etienne Pisani (Ħaż-Żabbar) visited the SDC Centre in Korçë between the 9th and 24th July. During this visit besides carrying out maintenance work in the house and the Centre, they also participated and experienced all the apostolate activities of the Society here.