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The Congregation of the Brothers FIC is an international community of about 300 religious brothers, who live and work in six countries: Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malawi and The Netherlands.
I fell in love with FIC. ‘Thirty six years ago, when I was about six, my teacher - a sister - asked us; “Who among you would like to become a priest?” Some friends and I raised our fingers. At home I told my mother about it. She just smiled. I was a religious boy in a religious family and my longing for priesthood remained alive, although I never heard of the Brothers FIC. Nevertheless, ....
Herewith we present to you the third issue of IGC in 2015, which will inform you about the following: * Our encounter with Christ, our first love * Joint Meetings General Council * FIC Jubilees August/September 2015 * Experiences Orientation visit to Chile * Orientation Visit to Chile 2015 * News from Provinces Indonesia and The Netherlands * Special Birthdays in the coming months
MY ON-GOING FORMATION AS AN FIC. Introduction The story began when I received the new assignment to continue my academic study in 2010. My Provincial Superior invited me to his room and told me that the Province gave me an opportunity to pursue continuing study for MA degree. It was really exiting to receive this responsibility but at the same time it was also challenging because I had to do it abroad, in Manila. It ....
Kaleo Community. Kaleo community was our very first community where we started in 1965 when the Congregation together with Bishop Peter Porekuu Dery decided to integrate the existing Congregation of Ghanaian Brothers (Brothers of St. Joseph) into FIC. In September 1965 the first novitiate took off with Bro. Remund as the temporary novice master until Bros. Oventius and Maarten arrived in October 1965. Kaleo was also our very first FIC formation house, where young people were introduced to the FIC way of ....
FROM THE EDITOR. This is the third issue of the Congregational magazine “Brothers FIC” reaching you. This year the FIC Congregation is 175 years since it was founded in 1840. To mark this important anniversary, we present to you this issue with the theme: “Keeping alive the Spirit of our Founders”. As part of the celebration, we would like to reflect more deeply on what it means to keep the Spirit of the Founders alive. As Brothers FIC, we are fully ....
1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers ....
A Rational Thought and a Moral Imperative on Climate Change. Pope Francis' 184-Page Encyclical Explains Ecological Crisis in the Light of the Church's Social Doctrine. Vatican City State, June 18, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 1199 hits The Holy See today published Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical, Laudato Si’: On the Care of the Common Home. The 184-page document addresses the contentious subject of climate change in the light of the Social Doctrine of ....
The Very Beginning. St. Joseph to FIC. Bro. Nicholas Y. spoke readily about the very beginning of the Congregation in Ghana. He entered the Brothers of St. Joseph (as the diocesan Congregation was called) in 1957 as a pre-postulant. He hails from Nandom parish. He entered the postulancy in 1960 and did his novitiate from 1963-1964. Part of their formation was with the catechists; they followed their timetable and shared their kitchen. He says: “When I ....
FIC Jubilees 2015.
FIC Jubilees August 2015. 15 August 2015 (70 years). Aufridus Soudant Humbertus Willemsen 15 August 2015 (65 years). Koos Baijer Nico Brunott Othmar La Rooij 15 August 2015 (60 years). Henk van Lieshout Frans Turkenburg
SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS June 2015 10 Ton Postma (90), Maastricht, Brusselsestraat (Ludovicus) 19 Othmar La Rooij (85), Maastricht, Brusselsestraat (Overkant) 23 Aloysius Sutiarta (70), Semarang (Wisma Bernardus) July 2015 06 Guido Sukarman (70), Maast
FIC Jubilees 2015.
FIC JUBILEES. 4 May 2015 (40 years) in The Netherlands. Bro. Gerard Langelaan. 02 July 2015 (60 years) in Indonesia. Bro. Venantius Sartana. 02 July 2015 (50 years) in Indonesia. Bro. Nikolas Budihardjo. Bro. Anton Hadiwardaya. 02 July 201
SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS. MAY 2015. 05 Josef Hengst (80), Maastricht, Brusselsestraat,Overkant. 10 Harry Lausberg (85), Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ Nijmegen. 10 Herman Yoseph Kuat (65), Jogjakarta, Senopati. 20 Thomas Chikoti (50), Thyolo, Mitengo. JUNE 2015.
Dear Brothers, It is our sad duty to inform you about the passing away of Bro. Roelof van Grinsven on 21 April 2015. The text of the mourning card reads as follows: Congregation of the Brothers of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Canonical visitation to Indonesia by Bros. Martin Handoko and Raphael, June 28 to August 28, 2105. (out side Java's communities)
Bro. Martin Handoko (General Superior of Brothers FIC) participates the USG meeting in Rome, 25 May - 31 May 2015.
Meeting of General Council, May 19, 2015 at Prins Biscchopsingel 22, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Meeting of General Council, May 6, 2015 at Prins Biscchopsingel 22, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Meeting of OASIS committee, April 24, 2015, at Emmaus community house, Burgemeester Cortenstraat 26, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Meeting of General Council, April 21, 2015 at Prinsbisschopsingel 22, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Joint meeting General Councils of FIC and SPM on April 29, 2015 at Prins Bisschopsingel, Maastricht, The Netherlands.