CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
FOUNDATION IN SEGOVIA
The mission house in Gracia could not satisfy the yearnings of expansion of the Congregation. Father Claret wanted there to be a house in each diocese, and it was he who initiated and guided the efforts from Madrid, where he was the Queen’s confessor, resulting in the foundation in Segovia, at the request of Bishop Friar Rodrigo Echevarria y Briones. It was established in a rented house, presiding over liturgies in the church of San Andres and it was considered officially founded on November 22, 1861. Later, on July 14, 1862, it moved to the church convent of the Discalced Franciscans: San Gabriel. Thus, began the expansion outside of Catalunya, through Castilian lands. The first ones destined to Segovia were Fr. Clement Serrat as Superior, Fr. Francis Crusats and Brother Joseph Saladich. As in Vic and in Gracia, the third community was also mixed. Shortly after Fr. Dominic Fabregas, co-founder, Fr. Donato Berenguer and Fr. Antonio Vilaseca joined.
My parents and teacher not only instructed me in the truths I had to believe but also in the virtues I needed to practice. With regard to my neighbor, they told me never to take or covet what belongs to others and that, if I ever found something, I should return it to its owner. It just so happened that one day after school, as I was walking along the street toward home, I saw a quarter lying on the ground. I picked it up and wondered to whom I should return it. Since I couldn’t see anyone on the street, I decided that it must have fallen from the window of the nearest house. So I went up to the house, asked for the head of the house, and gave him the quarter. (Aut 28)
I was trained so well in obedience and resignation that I was always content with whatever was done, decided, or given to me by way of food or clothing… my mother, who was always very fond of me, used to say, Anthony, would you like this? I would always answer; I always like what you like. But, she would say, there are always some things we like better than others. And then I’d say, Whatever you give me is what I like best of all… (Aut 29)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you think that your early education has offered you a good theoretical and practical foundation for life?
- How do you judge your docility during childhood and later in adolescence?
- In this moment of your life, are you happier giving or receiving? (cf. Acts 20:35)
- Draw some memories of your childhood and adolescence as vignettes.
- Write the meaningful words that accompanied your formation.
Sam: “That there is something good in this world, Mr. Frodo,
and it’s worth fighting for it.”
(Movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)