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USA: Missionary Animation

From April 19 to May 10, 2017, the General Secretariat for Mission Animation (SGAM) organized a missionary animation visit to the United States as part of its activities aimed at talking about, sharing and awakening missionary enthusiasm.

Friar Jarosław WYSOCZAŃSKI, the SGAM General Secretary, though mainly visiting formation houses, was able to get a perspective on the Order’s reality in this great country and its relation to the missions. 
In Ellicott City (Maryland), he had an opportunity to share with the community of seven students from the four Provinces of the United States. The students are currently studying theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. They are being guided by their formator, Friar Brad MILUNSKI, who has transferred from Silver Spring (Maryland).
In San Antonio (Texas), Friar Jaroslaw visited a community of six friars who are studying philosophy, theology, and English in a socio-cultural context with a strong Latin American influence. The students are being guided by their formator, Friar Paul SCHLOEMER. While Friar Jaroslaw was there, he had an opportunity to learn about one friar in particular who is dedicated to working with migrants fleeing areas of severe poverty and social conflict in Central American.
Friar Jaroslaw then visited the postulancy house In Chicago (Illinois), where Friar Paschal KOLODZIEJ is the formator for twelve postulants coming from the four Provinces of the United States. Chicago lies alongside beautiful Lake Michigan and the city is remarkable for its educational wealth and cultural opportunities. 
On the last leg of his missionary animation visit, he visited formator Friar Giles ZAKOWICZ, at the interprovincial novitiate in Arroyo Grande (California).
As part of his activities during the visit, Friar Jaroslaw taught one-on-one about the motivations for doing missionary work in the Order.  In addition, he gave two presentations at each formation house in order to raise awareness about today’s missions and to encourage participation in them:
The first presentation was on Franciscan missionary spirituality and how it opens up new horizons for missions in our Order, especially in Asia and French-speaking Africa.
The second presented testimony about the foundation of the mission in Peru and the process that led to the martyrdom of Blessed Miguel TOMASZEK and Blessed Zbigniew STRZAŁKOWSKI.

Fra Jarosław WYSOCZAŃSKI, Segretario generale SGAM

San Antonio


Silver Spring


Arroyo Grande



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