CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
THE FOUNDATION IN ALGIERS
Fr. Xifre’s concerns were for expansion, given the circumstances and the growth of the members of the Congregation. The first foundation was in Algiers, a territory taken over by France. Invited by Mons. Charles Lavigerie (1825-1892), founder of the White Fathers (1868), on October 4, 1869, Fr. Pedro Alibes, Fr. Jose Quintana, Fr. Bernardo Bech and Br. Felipe Gomez (again a mixed community) left for those lands. There they encountered many difficulties, lack of work and a hostile environment, even from the Prelate, a very impetuous man who excommunicated people very easily, among whom the missionaries were not exempt. Although the Procurator of the Republic in Algeria protected them, since things became increasingly difficult, also in the economic aspect, they abandoned the foundation in 1888. This was the first foundation in Africa, even during the life of the Father Founder, and also one of the first attempts to carry out the Claretian missionary project through education. A good example of discernment in an adverse situation.
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Being Available to Help
With regard to manufacturing, I had become adept not only in design but also in presetting looms. Some workers asked me to do them the favor of setting up their looms because they were not skilled at it. I helped them and they respected and liked me for it. (Aut 62)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you put your gifts and abilities at the service of others?
- With what spirit do you carry out the favors that people ask of you?
- How do you judge your availability?
To live for others is to be available.
- Is that how you live? Do others see you that way?
experiences security, confidence, missionary thrust…
The Cordimarian filiation is an essential note of our missionary charism.”
(Aquilino Bocos Merino, Herencia y profecia, 2. 3)