The ‘Corso’ or the Course in Preparation for Perpetual Profession was organized in Rome this year from January 20th – May 20th 2012. We were seven Indians among 25 other juniors coming from 14 nations. For two months the English speaking juniors had Italian classes at the Generalate by an Italian teacher. After two months we were sent to the branch houses in twos or threes to continue the Italian lessons for another four months. The Spanish and French speaking juniors came directly to the branch houses. We also lent a helping hand in the household chores and in the book centres.
We began the course at Tor San Lorenzo with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration and the introductory address by Sr. Antonieta Bruscato our Superior General. Apart from the daily classes, we had personal reflection, prayers, group discussions and presentations. It was very enriching to share and exchange our community and apostolic experiences, our fears and challenges, hopes and aspirations with other Juniors of our group from various parts of the world. We had light moments of togetherness like the cultural night, the presentations of each of our respective delegation or province. This was very interesting and informative; it opened us to the realities of our congregation worldwide.
The pilgrimages to the different Churches and sacred places connected to the origins of our Congregation were faith experiences that strengthened our vocation. We have read and heard several times about all these places during our formation and seen pictures of it but being present there was altogether another story. The silent walls, the very environment of the places gave us a personal experience. I marvelled at what God had accomplished in and through our Founder Bl. James Alberione and the entire Pauline family. All the classes we had were interesting and helpful but what I found most inspiring were the personal testimonies given by five senior members from different congregations of the Pauline Family. They radiated simplicity, faith, joy and authenticity in all their persons and speech.
The retreat in preparation for the Final Profession was based on the “Donec Formetur Christus in Vobis” and was truly a unique one.
Recalling back the past months of preparation for the final profession, our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy. We thank Sr. Ancy and team for giving us the opportunity to make our ‘Corso’ in Rome.
Sr. Salome, Mumbai