The First Workshop on the Charismatic Declaration began on 17th morning at Trivandrum, India. Given the number of young religious in India, two workshops on the Charismatic Declaration have been planned. The first one is being held at the Benziger Memorial Spirituality Centre at Trivandrum. This workshop is for the young religious of Malabar, Manjummel and South Kerala Provinces. 25 religious between the ages of 35-45 were expected from each Province. Helped and guided by the resource persons, the group is working seriously on the document.
On 17th, Fr. Johannes, the Definitor incharge of the region began the sessions explaining the background of the document, objectives of the workshop, general structure and content of the document etc. Being the resource person of the first day, he expounded the content of the first three sections on Call and Response, Formation and Charismatic Identity and the Teresian Anthropology. He prepared them for a fruitful group discussion with relevant questions. The dynamics of working this way seem to be effective and the members are understanding the text and assimilating it. Following is the schedule for the next two days.
16 Thursday : Arrival for Supper at hrs. 20.00
17 Friday : Fr. Johannes Gorantla ocd, Def. Gen. (3 sessions). Initial Presentation: History, structure and content of the document and the Study of numbers 1-19.
18 Saturday: Fr. Mathew Vekathanam ocd (Mal) (3 sessions) Study of Numbers 20-53
19 Sunday: Fr. Prasad Theruvath ocd (Manj) (3 sessions) Study of Numbers 54-79
20 Monday : Departure
The Second work shop was scheduled from 20-24 January at Mysore for the rest of the 4 provinces.