Rome: Closing of the Jubilee Year
Today’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God is either a patronal or a titulary feast in many institutes of the consecrated life. This year’s festivities in the Congregation of Marian Fathers have a special character: they close the Jubilee Year of the 100th anniversary of rescue and reform of the Congregation. “Throughout the past year we took a closer look at our Congregation,” the Provincial Superior of the Polish Province said to the Radio Vatican. “What is it like today? What is it like after the beatification of our Founder, Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński? Also, we wanted to examine what Blessed George Matulewicz created in continuation of our Founder’s work. A hundred years ago our Congregation was brought back from nearly the state of annihilation: only one Marian was still alive. Then Fr. Matulewicz made his first vows, and shortly after, this second Marian – a former Superior General – died. This was indeed a new beginning, a great change in the Congregation. We were taking a close look at the past events, as well as tried to see what lies before us,” continued Fr. Paweł Naumowicz, MIC.