Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to write a farewell letter to the members of CICIAMS after more that twenty years of collaboration with them in this organization of so much great importance.
I wish first of all to thank the members I have known of the Executive Board and the members of the National Boards I met for their cooperation and to tell them how much I have appreciated their dedication and self-sacrifice in the service of the association and its activities. A special mention must be made of the national and local chaplains, priests and sisters, who, despite their pastoral obligations, have offered a valuable spiritual inspiration to the guilds.
The experience I have had, especially during the regional and international congresses, has reinforced in me the conviction of the importance of the guilds created at the initiative of Catholic professionals wishing to act as Christians in carrying out their professional activities; in doing so, they give the example of a Christian life and are contributing to the creation of an ethical spirit which may animate society; day after day, they are sculpting in action the Church’s teaching within the texture of reality for which they are responsible.
A second impression I wish to share
with you in this letter concerns the importance of regionalisation within an
international organization. CICIAMS was created almost 70 years ago in
With my best wishes for yourself, Asian guilds an the whole CICIAMS,
Former Ecclesiastical Adviser of CICIAMS