Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - "Introduction to the Venezuelan reality": this is the name of the course conceived by the Missionary Training Center of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Venezuela. This is an unprecedented formative space, aimed at pastoral agents, missionaries, priests, religious and lay people who have arrived in the country in the last six months and/or are in the process of missionary insertion.
The course aims to accompany the process of integration in the religious, social and cultural aspects of Venezuela of missionaries from other latitudes.
"The arrival of new missionaries in Venezuela requires an effort to accompany them in their process of insertion into the reality of the country, offering a first approach to the historical evolution of the nation and the life of the Church, up to its current configuration", explains Professor Norma De Sousa, coordinator of the Missionary Formation Center. "A missionary who does not know the reality of the situation will find it difficult to fit into the mission", comments Father Nebyu Elías IMC, Provincial Superior of the Consolata Missionaries, who are encouraging at least 8 missionaries to participate in this course. "This type of formation - he observes - is not only important for those who come from other countries, but it is also essential for those who carry out missionary animation". The training sessions, which began in April, will take place on the Zoom digital platform and will last 5 weeks with a weekly meeting. The goal is to hold at least three a year. Among the topics discussed are the history of Venezuela, the cultural diversity of the country, the history of the Church, the missionary reality from the point of view of indigenous peoples and the pastoral initiatives of the Venezuelan Church. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 25/4/2022)