In order to facilitate a better participation, the Indian Definitor Fr. Johannes Gorantla has organized the Workshops on the Charismatic Declaration in two places. The first workshop, organized from 16-19 at Trivandrum was meant for the Provinces of Malabar, Manjummel and South Kerala. Around 25 religious between the ages of 35-45 participated in it.
The Second workshop was organised from 20-23 January at Mysuru for the Provinces of Karnatak Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Delhi. There were 32 Participants. On the first day, as usual, Fr. Johannes began the workshop with an exposition of the document: its context, background, relevance and the objective of the workshop etc.. He continued for another couple of sessions helping the participants understand the general structure and content of the text and a profound reading and understanding of the first three sections on Vocation, formation and the Teresianum anthropology. Fr. Pius D’Souza and Fr. Maria David helped the participants in the understanding of the first two elements of the Charism namely Communion with God and Fraternal life I the community, while Fr. Archibald Gonsalves expounded the third element of the charism namely, the Mission. After the exposition from the part of the resource persons, questions related to the text, content, relevance, challenges in living them, context in which they are to be lived etc.. were given to the groups for discussion. At the end of the day the groups presented the fruits of their discussion in the plenary assembly. The discussions were always fruitful and lively as the participants were mostly young, relatively experienced, committed and educated friars with a great passion to live the charism. There was a great appreciation from the part of the participants for the beautiful document, and for the efforts that the Order is making to reformulate the essential elements of our charism in a language that is understandable to the religious today. They really felt that this is an inspiration and work of the Holy Spirit. They sincerely thanked the General Definitory for organizing such a fruitful workshop. They said that these were days of great fraternity and renewal for each one of them. At the end all returned to their respective provinces with great enthusiasm to live the charism as faithfully as possible. They left valuable suggestions and comments to enrich the document and our reflection.