Saturday, September 16, 2017

COLOMBIA. MEDELLIN. TRIBUTE TO MONSEÑOR GERARDO VALENCIA CANO, IN HIS CENTENARY CHRISTMAS. Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea ARCWP *

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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.  
Sofia Toro, begins the meeting with his presentation and shares his experience with our founder and trainer as lay missionaries in the service of the Church.
Ferdinand Peña, shares his experience as a layman, formed by Monsignor in Buenaventura.La attention of the present is captivated by rich and spontaneous narrative.
Jenny Valencia, Monsignor's niece, gives us her presentation and shares some of her uncle's letters, which reflect her commitment and unreserved commitment to the marginalized and impoverished.
Father Isaías, companion and friend of Monsignor, as a driver defying the waves of the Pacific and the mangroves and rivers, delights us with travel and anecdotes full of pedagogy and missionary pastoral in the spirit of Gerardo.
After the meeting, we began to share the Eucharist.
Astrid Yarce, missionary USEMI, is about to receive the Eucharist.
With Fr. Hernando Pinilla, sharing the Eucharist.

Photographs: Jenny Valencia and Olga Lucia Alvarez

* Roman Catholic presbyter.



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