Assembly Annecy, July 2023

We are priests from European countries; Austria, Malta, Poland, Spain, France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and a few from other countries.

We belong to the Jesus Caritas Priests Fraternity living in the spirit of Charles de Foucauld.

In our Assembly, which takes place every three years, we listened to the reports from the different countries; the realities, the hopes, the sorrows and the inspiration of Charles de Foucauld.

Read the full document on PDF: Assembly Annecy 2023 eng

A European Assembly in the horizon!

Many unfortunate adventures have marked our European Responsible Team since it was set up during the last European assembly of the Fraternity held in Rudy in Poland in July 2017. A brother from Germany, Kuno KOHN, was elected as European leader and he decided to invite two other brothers to form a team: Gianantonio ALLEGRI, from Italy and Alain FOURNIER-BIDOZ, the author of these lines.

In August 2018 Gianantonio died and Joe Deegan, a brother from Ireland, was invited to succeed him.

A European Assembly was planned to take place in July 2020, at Douai Abbey, in England, but due to the COVID pandemic it was cancelled. A date was chosen for another European Assembly to proceed in July 2021 in a new location, Annecy, in France, but faced with the uncertainties that remained on the possibilities of travel within Europe, a decision was taken to cancel once again.

Following the wonderful occasion of the Canonization of Br. Charles and our mini-Assembly in Rome last May, we have decided to proceed with the next assembly which we hope and pray will take place from Tuesday July 11 to Tuesday July 18, 2022, at the Diocesan House of Annecy in Annecy, a city well served by train and close to the airport of Geneva.

Each assembly allows us to take stock of the situation of our fraternities in Europe, to have a beautiful spiritual experience of encounter and to discern together through the necessary openness of our sharing. In a letter sent to National Responsibles in preparation for the proposed Assembly in 2020, Kuno proposed as the theme of this assembly: “Living transformation in the spirit of brother Charles” and he explained it thus: “Following the International Assembly of Cebu we propose to remember that the most important thing is to experience Transformation”.

Éric Lozada, following his election as International Responsible, in his inaugural letter invited us to; “go to the geographical and existential peripheries, to be missionary priests: this is the way to grow every day in a dynamic of death and resurrection with Jesus, our Brother and Lord” and to; “learn to live according to a transformed lifestyle, not only with the poor or for the poor but as poor priests in a poor Church: this is the way for us to let go of the need for control, which is the opposite of faith, of trust in God.”

We invite you to allow yourself to be imperfect, to be, as St. Paul writes, “a fool for Christ.”

We propose 2 questions that could be used for reflection by all the fraternities and we invite you to bring some feedback from the groups to share during the assembly:

  1. How can people recognize that we are on the way to experiencing a transformation in the spirit of Brother Charles?
  2. How can we try to live with a mentality of “beginning” so as to become more and more the “Universal brother”?
    To these two questions, a third should be added in connection to the the letter from the International Team regarding the promotion of Jesus Caritas Priests Fraternity;
  3. What experience do we have to share in terms of initiatives to promote the Fraternity and attract new members among our confreres.

It goes without saying that to these questions must be added, on the one hand, a re-reading of the ordeal of the pandemic, which affected all the countries of Europe and had a significant impact on the life of our fraternities and on the other hand to experience again the graces of the event that was the Canonization of Brother Charles.
Thank you in advance to all for contributing to the reflection and thus feeding the work of the delegates to the Annecy Assembly.
In support of the chosen theme, our English brothers who were to receive us in 2020 had suggested Cardinal Newman’s very moving poem “Lead Kindly Light”:

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

In Annecy it will be rather St. Francis de Sales who will come to reinforce the intercession of Brother Charles, for the smooth and successful flow of our work!

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,
Kuno, Alain & Joe (European Continental Team of Jesus Caritas.)


PDF: European Assembly Letter 2023



Report Panamerican Assembly, September 2022



CORDOBA, 19-24 September 2022


On Friday the 16th, the brothers from Canada arrived, thus initiating our Third Pan American Assembly. Others arrived on the 18th and others on the 19th. Marco Bustos, our great host, was in charge of picking up some at the airport and surrounding himself with other brothers of the fraternity of Cordoba to pick up others and they gave us all a warm welcome.

The delegates from the Dominican Republic, Chile and Mexico had the opportunity to be received at the home of the family of Fr. Marco Bustos, who were celebrating the birthday of Don Raúl, father of Fr. We were welcomed with a barbecue and an artistic show by Don Raúl and Mrs. Aidé, parents of Father Marcos.

Those of us who had arrived on Sunday went to the house of the sisters. Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, where we rest a little after a long journey. Then we were taken for dinner some delicious pizzas. Some of the brothers lost their suitcase at the airport, including their computer. The countries participating in the Assembly were: Quebec-Acadie, Chile, United States, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. We were visited sporadically by a priest from Venezuela, a missionary in Córdoba.

On Monday we were almost all in the house, however, the brothers from Brazil and Fr. Alex from the United States, arrived on Monday night, which made us formally begin on Tuesday morning with adoration and lauds, presided over by the delegates of the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

In total we were about 16 participants, speaking 4 languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, although the translations were from English, French and Spanish, since the Brazilian brothers understood Spanish and the Spanish speakers understood Portuguese.

On Tuesday we dedicated ourselves to reviewing the reality of our fraternities based on a Report presented by the Continental Responsible. The goal was to discover the strengths and weaknesses of our fraternities in America. We worked in groups by language and write a summary to share the results of our work

The main weaknesses that appeared are: the aging of the majority of the members of the fraternity, the overload of work of the brothers and the distances that hinder the growth of our fraternities. Among the strengths are: the spirituality of Bro. Charles: adoration, the Eucharist, the desert, the option for the poor and universal brotherhood; the presence of bishops in the fraternity, the presence of our brothers and sisters in the peripheries. We did a new group work with the following question: What proposals can we make to enhance our strengths and overcome our weaknesses? Finally, we had a new plenary to share the proposals.

In the last session on Tuesday we began the presentation of the missionary experiences of the different countries. Brazil, Canada and the Dominican Republic started. The case of Brazil about a shelter for priests in crisis, organized by fraternity, seeking to respond to a need, since there were about 12 priests who committed suicide in 1 year, is striking.

Canada presented a case of migration and the response that fraternities gave to those cases. The Dominican Republic presented the missionary experience of Msgr. Lorenzo Vargas, a member of our fraternity, in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic, accompanying the poor and fighting for ecology, especially in favor of the rivers, since the mining company Barrik Gold wanted to build a tail dam, which was going to pollute the community. The day culminated with the Eucharist presided over by Fr. Abraham Apolinario of the Dominican Republic and a delicious dinner.

On Wednesday the 21st, after the lauds and adoration presided over by the brothers of Brazil, we had breakfast and then continued with the presentation of missionary experiences.Fr. John from the United States began and presented his experience in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, which, despite its luxury, thinks about the poor who are in need.Fr. Alex presents the reality of the parish where he was in which the priest joined the people to evangelize, where 95% of the people were Catholics and Hispanics.

The second country to present its experience was Mexico. José Rentería told us about the pastoral care of the disabled, including the deaf, mute and with special conditions, excluded because of their condition, in his San Bartolomé Parish in Guanajuato, Mexico. A pastoral ministry of accompaniment to the poor and excluded in the spirit of Br. Charles.

We continue with Chile. Juan Antonio González presented us with a pastoral experience of inculturation in the Mapuche world, in the south of Chile, diocese of Temuco, where there is a conflict of the Chilean State with the Macuche people. He presented the Gospel to us in dialogue with the Macuche culture. To achieve greater inculturation, he went to live among the Mapuche people. He worked in agriculture, an orchard, vegetables and a chicken company. He lived there for 8 years.

We culminated the missionary experiences with Argentina and the work of the brothers with people with addictions through an institution called Familia Grande Hogar de Cristo. They have 250 centers throughout the country. They show that God wants us to bear fruit, albeit imperfect. It focuses on receiving life as it comes. It was inspired by Jorge Bergoglio 15 years ago. They receive women and men with different life situations.

They also present the pastoral Guadalupe with Father Pepe, working with the sexually excluded: trans, gays, lesbians, prostitutes, and street people, etc. In addition, open hands, where they work with children with judicial problems and with migrants. Guadalupe pastoral is new and was recently presented as the official pastoral ministry of the diocese. They have shelters for these people.

After listening to missionary experiences, we received a doctrinal illumination with the theme “Mission in Fratelli Tutti”, made by our brother Willians from Brazil.

In the afternoon we worked as a group around two questions: what conclusions do I draw from the presentation of missionary experiences and the illumination received, in relation to our mission as diocesan missionary priests? And what missionary proposals can we make to our fraternities?

It was proposed that in our National Assemblies we replicate this methodology by presenting various missionary experiences that occur in our countries, to awaken or promote the missionary spirit of the brothers. It was also suggested that in our retreats we work on the spiritual attitudes necessary to increase the missionary spirit and thus overcome what the Pope calls “spiritual worldliness” that translates into easy living, the search for money, sex, etc.

It also proposes to use the means of fraternity to respond to the needs of the poor and excluded. The Spanish group said it challenges the monocultural formation of some training houses. It proposes to avoid the spirit of closure and clericalism, indifference to the sufferings of Nature and patriarchal attitudes.

Later we left in groups to visit some parishes of Córdoba. We celebrated the Eucharist and had dinner with the parish priests and their communities, who received us with great affection. We also enjoyed a tour of the territorial areas of the parishes where we were. An exceptional experience.

On Thursday the 22nd we started our day at the usual time, 7:30 am, with adoration and lauds. After breakfast, we gathered to listen to a video-greeting from the International Head of our Fraternity, Fr. Erick Lozada; We also listened to the recorded greeting of Msgr. Ángel Rossi, Archbishop of Córdoba, as well as the message of Msgr. Rafael Felipe, Bishop Emeritus of the Dominican Republic, founder of the Fraternity of the DR. We also highlight the presence of Msgr. Ricardo Seirutti, auxiliary bishop of Córdoba. Then we received some orientations digitally and started our day in the wilderness. Some did it in the House where we were and others went for a walk to the mountain or around the House The Desert lasted until 3:30 pm, when we met for language groups to make a review of life and tell the experience of the desert day.

After completing this moment and a comforting break, we gathered in the conference room to listen to the 6-year Management Report (2016-2022), presented by Fr. Fernando Tapia, of the Fraternity of Chile. Then we proceeded to the election of the new continental responsible of America, being elected Fr. Carlos Roberto, of the Fraternity of Brazil with a vote of 10 out of 15, in the first round, exactly the 2/3 parts that are regulatory to be elected.

After mass and a delicious dinner, we had a cultural night, in which we shared with Cristina and Quique, a singing couple from La Rioja. One of our participants, Alex, from the Fraternity USA, had to leave on Thursday night, as he had an error in issuing his flight ticket. The new Pan American Chief set up a Pan American Team to assist him in the management. It was constituted by Alex (USA), Mártires (Dominican Republic) and Tino (Argentina).

On Friday the 23rd we began as always with adoration and lauds, led by Argentina and Chile, then breakfast and then we revised and corrected the Charter of Cordoba. We ended the morning with the evaluation of the 3rd Assembly, taking into account the following topics: organization, methodology, accommodation, content, environment and liturgy. Everything was very well valued, only some expressed that the house was very cold. Then we projected the 4th Pan American Assembly that will be in Brazil at the beginning of September 2026.

In the afternoon we made a nice walk through the city of Cordoba and celebrated the Eucharist in the Major Seminary of Cordoba. We culminated our Assembly with dinner on Friday, as some had their tickets for Friday night. On Saturday there were only some who left that day and others who stayed a few more days in Córdoba.

Drafted by Rev. Fr. Mario de la Cruz Campusano, Dominican Republic Fraternity.

Córdoba, September 24,2022

PDF: Report Panamerican Assembly, September 2022 en

Convocation III Panamerica Assembly

CORDOBA, 19th -24th September 2022

To the National Responsible of our Fraternity in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, the United States and Quebec-Acadie.

Dear brothers:

Peace and joy in our beloved Brother and Lord Jesus!

It is appropriate to start the process of preparation for our III Pan American Assembly with this Convocation. In planning the format of the Assembly, we should take into account both the Conclusions of II Assembly (Santo Domingo, February 2018), as well as the Orientations that emerged from the World Assembly held in Cebu, Philippines in January 2019.

In our Assembly in Santo Domingo, we made several proposals to respond to the ecological challenges and the migratory challenges and to improve the life and mission of our fraternities. I believe that a careful reading of the “Letter of Santo Domingo” can refresh our memory and place our III Assembly in continuity with Santo Domingo. Also, in Cebu we set certain emphases and priorities that are included in the “Letter of Cebu”. I am attaching both documents in preparation for our next Assembly.

We can say that the World Assembly emphasized the missionary dimension of our priestly ministry, based on the mission experience of Brother Charles and the insistent invitation of Pope Francis to be a Church that goes out to the geographical and existential peripheries. In a meeting that the American delegates had during of the Cebu Assembly, we agreed that this should be the nucleus of our III Pan American Assembly and that it would be good to address it from the missionary experiences on the ground in the migration, ecological or health ministries, during these times of pandemic.

Pope Francis in his encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” places the gestation of universal brotherhood as the ultimate goal of the mission and points to Br. Charles as the one who inspires this evangelizing horizon. (FT n. 286 and 287).

Also, it seems important to me that we collect, analyse and project the data regarding our Fraternities in America, which is provided by the Survey that the International Team sent to all the countries.

(View full document in PDF: Convocation III Panamerica Assembly)

Assian Assembly Korea. Letter of Klaus


Jesus Caritas Asian Assembly October 11-18, 2019 in South Korea

Eighteen priests from eight countries travelled to Seoul to participate in the 6th Fraternity Jesus Caritas Asian Assembly from October 11th -18th, 2019. Leaving Incheon International Airport, the arriving brothers were heartfully welcomed by Koran hosts. Immediately they were taken to four parishes in Daejeon Diocese to experience a usual parish weekend in Mokcheon Parish with Fr. Philip Yoon Young Jung, in Seosan Dong Mun Dong Parish with Fr. Paul Lee Peombai, in Ungcheon Parish with Fr. Cornelius Jeong Youn Sick and in Hansan Parish with Fr. Peter Hwang in Ki. From the very beginning the priests from abroad were impressed by the warm hospitality of their host priests and parishioners as well as by the deeply committed faith of the Catholic community.

Read the entire document (PDF): ASIAN ASSEMBLY KOREA – Letter from Gong-Ju final

Fr. Dr. Klaus Beurle

The German diocesan priest Fr. Klaus Beurle, belonging to the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart previously under Cardinal Walter Kasper was born 15.04.1940 in Ludwigsburg, made his theological studies in Tübingen and Würzburg and was ordained on 17.07.1965.

He joint already in 1963 as seminarian the Fraternity Jesus Caritas, a spiritual association of diocesan priests, inspired by the life witness and spiritual pilgrimage of Blessed Charles de Foucauld (beatification in 2012 in Rome).

After serving as assistant parish priest in Rottweil and Stuttgart (1965-1972) he got permission of his Diocesan Bishop to live with the Ecumenical Taizé-Community from 1972 on until he volunteered for pastoral work in a poor country. As diocesan missionary priest (Donum Fidei Priest) he served in Bangladesh from 1975 until 2000 under +Archbishop Michael Rozario in the Archdiocese Dhaka. In 25 years he gave priority to motivate and train poor people towards integral human and social development while building up with simple structures four NGOS (Non-governmental organizations for people´s development) such as Dipshikha, Tarango, Bangla-German Sampreeti and Anando to ensure self-management and continuity of motivational inputs. Complementary he is deeply committed to interreligious dialogue as a joint pilgrimage with Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

Fr. Klaus´ third commitment besides rural development and interreligious dialogue was/is to priestly fraternity which means to encourage diocesan priests mutually to share life with one another and, inspired by Bro. Charles de Foucauld and his life witness to lead a contemplative life with enough time for adoration, walking in the desert and opening up oneself towards the poor and towards Muslims or people of other faith. Monthly meetings in local small groups called fraternities is the backbone of the overall Fraternity Jesus Caritas which started among diocesan priests of France and Germany and is now spread all over the world in tiny, sometimes tiny fraternities. The name of the association of diocesan priests JESUS CARITAS refers to Bro. Charles experience, after his conversion, that Jesus Love is all and everything. In 2010 Fr. Klaus completed his thesis at the Goethe-University Frankfurt on “Der Mensch des Herzens” (The man of the heart) pondering on and exploring songs and poems of the Bengali folk mystic Lalon Shah.

 Fr. Klaus served 20 years as Secretary of Jesus Caritas Asia. In October 2019 he was invited to offer his service as Moderator at the Asian Assembly in Korea.

Letter of Cebu, January 2019, general assembly

From January 15 to 29, 2019, we received a beautiful gift from the Lord: the General Assembly of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests in the Philippines. At the Talavera House of Prayer in Cebu, we had a beautiful experience of universal brotherhood in the light of this theme: “Missionary diocesan priests inspired by the witness of Brother Charles de Foucauld”. We are very grateful to the Jesus Caritas Priest Fraternities of the Philippines as well as to the Diocesan Church of Cebu, represented by its Pastor, Msgr. José PALMA, who have generously welcomed us. We were 42 brothers from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, each one with his language, culture, history, experiences, testimonies … it has been a precious manifestation of the Spirit of Pentecost!

We had the joy of meeting the people of God in Cebu through participation in festive Sunday Eucharistic celebrations. In the celebrations of “Señor Santo Niño” in Cebu, and “San Sebastián” in Borbon we have discovered an enthusiastic people of God who celebrate their faith with a contagious happiness.

Two events made us happy and saddened us during the assembly: the release of our brother Denis SEKAMANA in Rwanda after a long imprisonment and the attack on January 27th at the Jolo Cathedral which killed about twenty people and injured more than 80. We continue to pray for all the victims and for the progress of peace.


The international team has effectively coordinated the activities of the Assembly through a three-step methodology: to contemplate reality, discern and commit. We began by listening to the realities our fraternities are living in their respective countries:

In society:

  • Wealth is more and more unjustly distributed. The rich are getting richer while the poor are stuck in misery.
  • The poor struggle to defend their rights; they are the first victims of the violence and trafficking of all kinds that arise from poverty.
  • People’s contempt for their environment and the abusive exploitation of the planet’s resources have provoked a serious ecological crisis of which the poor are the first victims.
  • Migrations caused by violence and insecurity are growing while rich countries are closing their borders.
  • In some countries, the ability of rulers to solve society’s problems is questioned and political power is being seized by nationalist and xenophobic parties.
  • In other countries, extremist groups have divided the communities and spread fear and mistrust in the heart of the population.
  • Islam is crossed by contradictory currents and fundamentalism and terrorism are developing. Both Christians and Muslims suffer from this situation.
  • A growing creativity exists nevertheless in NGOs to answer the great challenges of the defence of human rights, immigration, ecology, solidarity with the poor and living together in the diversity of the cultures.

In the Church:

    • In some countries the number of Christians is decreasing and indifference towards religion and the Church is developing. The secularization and the scandal of sexual abuse of minors by priests and bishops have further worsened this situation

  • But many signs of hope appeared with the exhortation of Pope Francis, “Evangelii Gaudium”.
  • This exhortation leads the Church on a new missionary journey that is more consistent with people’s expectations and more faithful to the Gospel.
  • We are called to live in simplicity and proximity with the poor and to go out to “the peripheries”.
  • We see the emergence of lay people who are more committed to their faith and who become evangelizers.
  • We become more open to dialogue with the laity, and also with believers of other confessions or other religions.
  • We feel the need to develop pastoral initiatives to form small grassroots communities that will let the seed of the Gospel grow amidst the challenges that people face.

In fraternities

  • In some Fraternities members are diminishing and growing old.
  • In many fraternities, the Review of Life and the Desert Day are not practiced. It’s a challenge we have to face!
  • There is good communication between the fraternities of North and South.
  • Fraternities are growing in the countries of the South.
  • Fraternal life is developed thanks to our monthly meetings
  • Eucharistic adoration is variously practiced by the fraternities.
  • The desire of proximity with the poor is a priority in our commitments.


Daily meditations, lectures and sharing of experiences have helped us to deepen the discernment of all these contemplated realities.

Emmanuel ASI and Honoré SAVADOGO helped us reflect daily on the gospel of the day and thoughts of Brother Charles. The first invited us to accept Christ’s call to open our hearts to our marginalized brothers and sisters, and the second to walk closely in the footsteps of Brother Charles.

The conferences of Maurício da SILVA, Jean François BERJONNEAU and Manolo POZO OlLLER led us to rediscover the foundations of mission and the missionary spirituality of Brother Charles and Pope Francis. It was also an urgent call to hold firmly to their missionary convictions in order to become a “Church in Mission” which announces the Good News to those who are at the geographical and existential peripheries of life. They brought to our attention some of the current challenges to mission: the degradation of our “common home”, emigration and dialogue with Muslims.

n terms of testimonies, we were strongly motivated by Mariano PUGA sharing on his pastoral experience with the poor and the oppressed. Also Fernando TAPIA presented us with a document for the Month of Nazareth elaborated by Jean-Michel BORTHEIRIE, Manolo POZO OLLER and himself. We are motivated to find the time for this important exercise of our spirituality which this precious guide facilitates.

The Calls We Heard:

Facing this situation and according to the criteria of discernment stated above, here are the calls for our fraternity.

In the heart of our societies we wish to:

  • Implement in our countries this “universal brotherhood” to which Brother Charles calls us, placing ourselves near the poorest.
  • Respect with them this planet entrusted to us by our Creator.
  • Fight with them for more justice.
  • Respect and promote the dignity of each person and that everyone can have his share of bread and work.

At the service of our churches we have heard the call to:

  • Participate fully in this “missionary transformation” to which Pope Francis calls us in “Evanglii Gaudium”.
  • Consolidate basic Christian communities around the Word of God.
  • Develop collaboration between laity and priests in order to engage together in mission and fight against clericalism.
  • Help our communities to “go out to the geographical and existential peripheries”.
  • Make of our communities’ poverty a way of solidarity with the poor.
  • Learn to dialogue with those who believe or think otherwise.
  • Contribute to the living together of all the groups that make up society.
  • Develop the collaboration between laity and priests in order to engage in mission together.
  • Invite our churches to welcome migrants as their brothers and sisters and Christ himself.

In our fraternities

We feel called to a conversion in putting in practice the means of fraternity:

  • Make an authentic Review of Life as a springboard for mission.
  • Respect Eucharistic Adoration and the days in the desert as indispensable to follow Christ on the path toward others.
  • Make the Month of Nazareth an important step to renew one’s ministry and to adjust it to the way of Brother Charles.
  • Develop the relationship between fraternities of different continents thanks to the website <>.
  • Make known the spirituality of Brother Charles to younger generations.


We thank Aurelio and his team for the valuable work they have done over six years. We elected Eric LOZADA from the Philippines as General Responsible. He is the first brother of Asia to assume this responsibility. We implored upon him the breath of the Holy Spirit so that his mission would be fruitful. He has set up his work team with Fernando TAPIA, Honoré SAVADOGO, Matthias KEIL and Tony LLANES. We are counting on our brothers in this new team to help us “cry out the Gospel with all our lives” and to give a new spiritual and missionary impulse to our fraternities, because as Pope Francis reminds us: “Christ Risen and Glorious is the profound source of our hope, and his help will not fail us in the fulfilment of the mission he entrusts to us “Evangelii Gaudium” N ° 275.

Brother responsibles and delegates in the General Assembly in Cebu, Philippines, January 2019.

PDF: Letter of Cebu, January 2019, general assembly, eng

Fraternity of Pakistan: National Asssembly 2018

November 12-16, 2018

Theme: Blessed Charles de Foucald and Eucharist

The National Get together of the Pakistan Fraternity of Jesus Caritas met in Pastoral Centre, Chak 7, Faisalabad from November 12 to 16, 2018. 15 members were present from Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad and Faisalabad Fraternities. There were a few more members who wanted to come but were unable to be present. The theme was Blessed Charles de Foucald the Eucharist. The printed prayers in English and Urdu and the banner (flex) with the theme and the Eucharist in the setting of the Faisalabad Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, with the Clock Tower of Faisalabad and the Minar-E-Pakistan of Lahore at the sides clearly displayed that the Faisalabad Fraternity had prepared well for the National event. Fr. Saleh Diego National Responsible welcomed all on November 12, 2018, after dinner.

Speaking in Faisalabad on November 13, 2018, Fr Emmanuel Asi the International Councilor explained the various dimensions of the Spirituality of Jesus Caritas. What are the important elements of Jesus Caritas. What type of atmosphere is needed, and how to create that atmosphere and live.

Explaining the Review of Life methodology he said that in this process each one present should get an opportunity to speak. It should be participatory and nobody should be judged in this process. The atmosphere should be joyful and spiritual. The meeting begins with a prayer and there must be enough silence and all reflections must be from the perspective of the Gospels. All this is possible with an atmosphere of faith and prayer.

There were two groups that tried this process one was the Lahore Fraternity with the addition of a member from Karachi and the other the Faisalabad Fraternity with the addition of a member from Rawalpindi/Islamabad Fraternity.

The time spent before the Holy Eucharist was the highlight of the National Week of Prayer. It was a time of silence and reflection.

Fr Bonnie Mendes speaking on November 14, 2018, on Blessed Charles de Foucald and the Eucharist recalled the two visits of Pere Rene Voillaum Little Brothers of Jesus Councilor to St Pius X Seminary, Quetta in the 1950s. He said he encouraged the seminarians at that time to visit the Little Brothers in their mud house behind the Central Jail in a poor area. The Seminarians spent time there in solitude and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. That experiential knowledge of a friend of Blessed Charles de Foucald gave great help to know how he spent time in solitude in Algeria and in contemplative prayer. Fr Bonnie recalled that he offered Mass in the Byzantine rite in Quetta for the seminarians to experience their liturgy.

Each Fraternity present shared the activities of their Fraternity and the problems they were facing in getting new members and retaining the interest of the old members. Every Fraternity seemed to have its ups and downs with a struggle to meet regularly and keep the Fraternity alive. The Pakistani participation in the Asian Assemblies was discussed especially how to make it more effective and to prepare people better before going for such Assemblies. It seemed in general Pakistan was weak in preparing its members going abroad for International events.

The desert experience or time in solitary prayer was experienced by each on November 14, 2018, afternoon.

Fr. Emmanuel Asi explained that the Month of Nazareth could be shortened depending on various circumstances, though the name remains Month of Nazareth.

Mrs Alishba Javed and Ms Nargis Hira from the Sadhuke (Lahore Lay Fraternity) and Multan Lay Fraternity respectively came to share their experiences not only of the International Assembly in Lebanon meeting but also how their groups are doing in Multan and Lahore. Karachi Lay Fraternity had gone slow after being active for many years. The members at the Assembly were happy to see two young lay people from Pakistan. Most of the others were senior citizens.

All priests expressed their desire and determination to strengthen the Lay Fraternity in their areas. The new book, “Strength of the Laity” (Momineen KI Akhuwat) in Urdu was launched at the Assembly, by Fr. Saleh Diego and Fr Bonnie Mendes. It was priced at Rs 230/- 65 copies got sale immediately.

Fr. Saleh Diego dwelt on the life of Blessed Charles Eugene de Focauld, he said the details  of his life given by Fr. Asi is a great help. Fr. Saleh gave the quote loving people we love God. Charles said, “I want all the people here, be they Christian, Muslim, Jew or whatever,  to see me as their brother, a universal brother. They have started calling my house the ‘fraternity’ and that gives me pleasure.” To give another quote, “I want to be so good that people will say ‘If this is what the servant is like, what the Master  must be like?” Fr. Saleh said, He was a true Christian, he reflects Jesus in his life.

All were informed that October 2019 there will be the Asian Fraternity in South Korea. Next year in different Fraternities Pakistani members will reflect on the life of Blessed Charles de Focauld. Themes from the life of Blessed Charles will be given to each Fraternity in the country.

Fr. Inayat gave a quotation from the late Cardinal Cordeiro, prepare for Mass as if this is your first Mass, offer it as if it is your last Mass, reflect on it as if it is your only Mass. Besides preparation, he stressed celebration, proclamation and giving witness.

Fr. Bonnie preaching at the final Mass on Friday, November 16, 2019, emphasized love as stressed by The letters of St John. He asked the priests to be patient with the young priests and guide. He requested the senior priests to remember that times have changed and with it values. Try to sympathize and empathize with others.

The help given by Fr. Shafique Hidayat to Jesus Caritas was greatly appreciated.

Next November 4 to 7, 2019, the National Assembly will be in the Pastoral Centre, Rawalpindi. That Fraternity will play host. The theme will be decided later.

Fr. Bonnie Mendes

November 16, 2018.