From September 12 – 17, 2018, members of the European Missionary Animators (Danzig, Krakow, Padua, Rome and Warsaw) along with eight members of the various European Circumscriptions met in Rome, at the Fraternity of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and in Assisi, at the Sacred Convent.

The main topic of the meeting was the reading and revision of the “Directory for the Missions”, starting from the new documents of the Church and of the Order. Welcoming the appeal of Pope Francis “to renew the ardor and passion for the missio ad gentes”, proposals were made to foster this renewal during the “Extraordinary Missionary Month” of October, 2019.
There was a discussion on collaboration among the circumscriptions for greater solidarity, especially with respect to the preparation of social missionary projects, how missionary animation is carried out in provinces, and on the mission of the National Missionary Center in Rome, Italy, and Caritas Antoniana, in Padua.
There were also moments of prayer and reflection. For the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the priestly ordination of St. Maximilian KOLBE a visit was made to the Basilica of Saint Andrea of the Marches, in Rome. At the end of the meeting there was a pilgrimage to Assisi and to Franciscan sites.

Friar Jarosław WYSOCZAŃSKI, SGAM General Secretary