Between May 28 and June 2, Fr. Pedro Aguado has visited the various presences and works in Chile, meeting with different persons comprising the communities of each place. He also held meetings with the Bishop of Melipilla, Cristian Contreras; with the Bishop of Villarrica, Francisco Javier Stegmeier, and at the end of the week he received the Bishop of Santiago, Monsignor Celestino Aós, in the community of Calasanz School.

On My 28, in Santiago, he had opportunity to greet the members of the Secretariat of Economy at the offices of the Delegation. In the afternoon he met with professors from Calasanz and Hispano Americano Schools in the Auditorium of the Calasanz School. He recalled the verbs of the motto of the Jubilee Year and explained that they are not independent, but are interrelated with each other. These are the key of the Calasanz educational proposal. During his conversation with educators, Fr. General invited educators to “believe in the project in a passionate way. To love the project and identify with it in his personal and professional life”. This condition is essential for achieving the educational project of Calasanz today, as it was since it was founded 400 years ago. At the end of the meeting he thanked the Piarist educators “for their commitment and dedication” and encouraged the Principals to “continue working hardly and trying to do it, because it is necessary“. Later on he met with the groups of Shared Mission of the schools in Santiago, where he stressed the sense of three key words in the Shared Mission: Itinerary, Vocation, the Calasanctian.

On May 29 Fr. General, Fr. Francisco Anaya and the General Delegate of the Pious School of Chile, headed for San Antonio – region V – to visit this presence and his works.

Once arrived, they were in the school Institute of the Puerto de San Antonio, where they shared with the Team of Pastoral and Shared Mission. Subsequently they met with the teachers of the school. During the day, they also visited the community of Barrancas de San Antonio and the parish of Saint Louise de Marillac.

On May 30 and 31, Fr. Pedro visited the Curarrehue work. There he had the opportunity to meet with the members of the Community of San Sebastián and its Rector, Fr. Aitor Bilbao. He was also in the parish San Sebastian, in the Children Home of San Martín and the Calasanz School of Curarrehue. At the school, he presided over the ceremony to bless the works of extension and remodeling of the School, among them: enlargement in the primary school, the construction of an indoor court, the renewing of the outside court, the construction of roofing enabling connection and others. At the School, he also met the team of teachers and participated in the exhibition of the works of Soledad Folch “A journey through the Pious Schools”, which already had been in the schools in Santiago and San Antonio during the year 2018. During his visit, the meeting he had the opportunity to meet the Bishop of Villarrica, Monsignor Francisco Javier Stegmeier.

On Saturday, June 1, in Santiago, he greeted the Team of Catechists of the parish St. John the Evangelist and its pastor, Fr. Janusz Furtak. In the afternoon, in the community of the Calasanz School, he received the Bishop of Santiago, Monsignor Celestino Aós, who shared the “coffee break” and a conversation with all the members of this Community.

On the Sunday of the “Ascension of the Lord”, he presided at the Eucharist in the Parish St. John the Evangelist. At the celebration, Fr. Miguel del Cerro and the priests of the Virgen del Pilar and San José de Calasanz communities were present.

In the course of pt, the formal beginning of the new Fraternity of the Pious Schools in Chile took place, with the acceptance of the promise made by the following partners in the Piarist mission: Luz Ortiz Saldías, Lidia Olmos Ortiz, Oscar Torres Carrasco and Sandra Mancilla Navarrete.

Cecilia Miranda



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