CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
THE FIRST FOUNDATION IN AMERICA
Both the foundation in Algiers and in Chile were created with the approval of Fr. Founder. The one in Chile was a proposal of the priest Fr. Santiago de la Peña, who had built a chapel and wanted the liturgy to be preserved. On December 13, 1869, the first missionaries left for Santiago, Chile. Leading them was Fr. Pablo Vallier. There were problems with Don Santiago, which provoked hostility in the town. They rescinded the contract and, a week after arrival, they changed their residence. Fr. Xifre visited them, once they settled in the chapel of Belen; and he made three visits over the years. Fr. Vallier extended the Congregation in Chile, also founding in La Serena in 1873; in 1876 he was named Visitor. On November 16, 1869, Claret wrote to Fr. Xifre expressing his satisfaction for the new mission in Chile; and telling him that he would have liked to go to America, the young vineyard. It was the first foundation in America, and the first one to last outside of Europe.
News of the technical ability the Lord had given me spread through Barcelona. This moved some gentlemen to call on my father to ask him what he thought of our forming a company and starting our own factory. My father found the idea very attractive, as it would mean growth for his own factory. He talked with me about it, pointing out the advantages and possible fortune it might bring me. (Aut 63)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Have you ever dreamed of success and fame? What kind?
- Have you received flattering proposals in your life?
- How did you discover that the greatest glory of a Christian is to follow Christ?
- The image I have of myself is …
- The image that others have of me is …
- The image that I show others is …
that it would be foolish to want to copy.
And even among the positive expressions of their spirituality,
there are always some so intimately linked
to a certain environment or character,
that they are practically non-transferable.”
(Juan M. Lozano, Mystic and Man of Action)