Ecuador Mission

Missionary greetings to all the confreres. On this occasion, we from the mission land of Ecuador would like to share the experience of the missionary work that we have done so far. Of course, we have carried out many missions, both at the Congregational level and at the pastoral level together with the people. Therefore, let us read and meditate on all the stories of our missionary work in Ecuador.

Celebrating Saint Montfort's "Easter" Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead. He rose to enjoy heavenly glory with the Father. If Jesus rose to the glory of heaven with body and soul, God raised the soul of Montfort to enter eternal glory. The day Montfort died was the day of his resurrection according to what he said before his death: I am now between Jesus and Mary. These words would like to emphasize the meaning of "Easter" in Montfort's death. Montfort died as an ordinary man, but he rose as an extraordinary man in the sight of God he said: now I am between Jesus and Mary. The day of his death, he interprets as victory and resurrection. This is Easter for Montfort.

So to enliven the Montfort Easter, SMM Ecuador invites people to explore the life of this character. To facilitate this activity, SMM Ecuador prepared in-depth learning materials. The superior pastor of the SMM delegation to Ecuador, Father Paco, SMM translated various documents and published them to the congregation. Especially for the Easter celebrations of Montfort, there is a special bulletin made for the laypeople of AMQAH. Ecuadorian CBOs have already started to reflect on these particular themes. They started in September and ended in December to coincide with the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12.
Anggota KSM juga melakukan promosi buku-buku tentang hidup Montfort, tujuannya ialah membagikan kekayaan Spiritualitas Montfort ke umat yang tidak bergabung dalam KSM. Kami melihat bahwa antusiasme umat (walaupun tidak banyak) untuk mengenal santo ini lumayan tinggi. Kelompok ini dibagi dalam dua wilayah. Namun, dalam rangkah memeriahkan paskah Montfort, dua kelompok ini bekerja secara bersama-sama. Mereka mengadakan pertemuan mingguan (sekali dalam seminggu).

KSM members also promote books about Montfort's life, the aim is to share the wealth of Montfort’s Spirituality with people who do not join KSM. We see that the enthusiasm of the people (although not many) to know this saint is quite high. This group is divided into two regions. However, to celebrate Easter Montfort, these two groups work together. They have weekly meetings (once a week).

  • Monday: the arrival of the confreres from the parish
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: discussion of the theme of the political situation in Ecuador (because next year Ecuador will hold general elections to elect the president).
  • Thursday-Friday: evaluation and discussion of related themes. We will share experiences through article number 3: evaluation and discussion of related themes. There are several important points that we discussed together:

A. The ceremony of perpetual vows, ordination of deacons, and ordination of priests

SMM has one candidate to be ordained in 2017. He will be SMM Ecuador's second priest. He just finished his studies in Peru. His perpetual vows will take place on March 25, 2017. The daikon ordination will take place on March 26, 2017, while the ordination of the priest will take place on October 7, 2017. Before his perpetual vows and ordination, he attended training at the parish where Montfortian works. The first training was carried out in Father Eman's parish. The second training will be held in the Ecuador-Peru border parish with Father Juan, SMM, while the third training will be held in the parish where I work. We plan to take eternal vows and ordinations to include people who are both members of the KSM and people who are not.

B. Extension of employment contract with the diocese

SMM Ecuador works in two dioceses. The first contract will expire in February 2017. According to diocesan regulations, a month before the expiration of the contract, the parties involved must renew the contract. Therefore, Father Eman Ngatam and other confreres will renew their work contracts for 3 years. Meanwhile, where I work, we have renewed the contract for three years.

C. Envoy of the general chapter

SMM Ecuador is a delegation from the French Province. Therefore, for the general chapter of 2017, the Ecuadorian delegation will send one priest, his name is Fr. Juan Francisco. He is a priest from Spain who has worked in Ecuador for ± 30 years. Was a delegate superior. In addition to the general chapter, the French Province will hold a provincial chapter to elect a new provincial. This chapter will be held in January 2017. And those who participated in this activity were Fr. Superior of the delegation himself, Fr. Paco, SMM.

D. Confreres is on leave

In 2017, four of our confreres were on leave or vacation. Ecuador's SMM holiday rules are as follows. Local confreres (from Ecuador), have the right to leave or vacation every year for a month. The confreres from Spain will be on leave every two years and the duration is two months. Meanwhile, the confreres from Indonesia will take leave every three years and the duration is three months. Therefore, in 2017, there are 3 confreres from Spain going on vacation and one from Ecuador.

E. Sad story

Our meeting ended on Friday night. Because the distance from the parish is very far, we can only return to our respective parishes on Saturdays. We returned to the parish around 9 am hoping to arrive at the parish in the afternoon and be able to celebrate the well-scheduled mass. Especially myself, I have agreed with several families to baptize their children. However, because of the accident experienced by Father Eman et al, the mass was celebrated by another priest. This sad story is that the car (SMM's private car) that Fr. Eman and two SMM priests and one laywoman were traveling in had a collision with a car (a Toyota type). All three suffered minor injuries. Fr. Eman and Fr. Carlos suffered a collision without any injuries, while the other two friends suffered minor injuries, one person had a cut on the chin with four stitches while the other had a missing front tooth. Because of this accident, we had to deal with the police. And until this news was revealed, this case is still being handled by the police. Closing greetings That's our story from Ecuador for this month's edition of Internos. Welcome to the season of Advent and prepare for the 2016 Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Our wishes to all confreres everywhere: PRAY FOR US ALWAYS. Our Lady and Montfort help us in our ups and downs (María y Montfort nos ayudan en la alegría y dolor). Closing greetings That's our story from Ecuador for this month's edition of Internos. Welcome to the season of Advent and prepare for the 2016 Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Our wishes to all confreres everywhere: PRAY FOR US ALWAYS. Our Lady and Montfort help us in our ups and downs (María y Montfort nos ayudan en la alegría y dolor). Closing greetings That's our story from Ecuador for this month's edition of Internos. Welcome to the season of Advent and prepare for the 2016 Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Our wishes to all confreres everywhere: PRAY FOR US ALWAYS. Our Lady and Montfort help us in our ups and downs (María y Montfort nos ayudan en la alegría y dolor).

Fr. Jeffry Kellen, SMM, Missionary in Ecuador