We have met (September 15/17) to celebrate the memory of our Brother, Gerardo Valencia Cano, with his daughters, in the House USEMI, some of his brother priests, seminarians of his Congregation Xaverian Missionaries, family members and friends.
We greet each other with the friends of yesteryear, we introduce ourselves and we begin to share beautiful memories lived, next to who was our friend and trainer.
She accompanied us, Sofia Toro, who delighted us by reminding us of the beginnings of UFEMI-USEMI, as a founding lay missionary, with Maria Eugenia Posada, Liliam Yepes, Astrid Yarce. We remember Teresa Guevara, Maria Loaiza and Margarita Franco, initiators of the project in the Vaupés, with Monsignor. An event worthy of remembrance, since it begins with what would be the future of the laity within the Church, 15 years before, of the Second Vatican Council.
With his prophetic vision, he encouraged the laity to come from the Church, living their Baptism in fullness.
What was his pedagogy? His spirituality, his testimony, his approach to the people, his life delivered to the service of anyone who needed it.
GRAPHIC REPORT ON THE MEETING AND EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION.
Photographs: Jenny Valencia and Olga Lucia Alvarez
* Roman Catholic presbyter.