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JOHN FOGARTY…The New Libermann

11 Jul

Preamble: His name is John

Fr. John FOGARTY, CSSp


It is now an osmotic experience for us Spiritans. We have now moved from the region of lower concentration (Jean Paul) to the region of higher concentration (John). The qualifications “lower” and “higher” do not in anyway demean each other because strictly speaking “John” is merely the English version of the French “Jean”. Rather, they complement each other as key players and partners in the ‘successive’ Spiritan mission of “bringing salvation to the poorest of the poor” in our world.

This partnership is one wherein Jean hands over the shovel to John so that the latter can continue the mission of digging out the best in our hearts as Spiritans. This digging or excavation is vital because without it we can neither be nor remain fervent in the Spirit. Again, this partnership is akin to the scientific experiment of osmosis because while Jean worked hard digging John must work extra hard and must dig deeper in other to take the Spiritans to the level of higher concentration -the level where all of us as Spiritans will appreciate as the Dawn of a new beginning as well as the birth of our rebirth. The movement from Jean to John therefore is one that must necessarily get us fired up in Spirit. John is thus the harbinger of Spiritual fervency. He is the forerunner of Messainic salvation of our Congregation. With John on board every Spiritan can look himself in the mirror and say, “The Kingdom of God is indeed at hand.”

The future may be unseen and unsure but one thing is clear: John will take us to the Messainic point where he will humbly say to all of us, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the Spiritans. Till then, all we can do is to listen to John’s message of RENEWAL- renewal and reawakening the Spirit in us to the osmotic level of fervency!

Son of an “Irish Zechariah”
There is no single doubt in my mind that, with this son of an Irish Zechariah on the wheels, our Congregation is going to experience a movement to higher concentration of what it means to be a Spiritan in the world of today. Let us remember however that John’s election is “Divine” because it was long foretold by the prophets. The prophecy on which every Spiritan should anchor his hope and aspirations of a better Congregation of the Holy Spirit is this:
“Don’t be afraid, Zechariah (Spiritans)! God has heard your prayers. Your wife Elizabeth (BAGAMOYO 2012) will have a son, and you must name him John. His birth will make you very happy, and many people will be glad. Your son (JOHN FOGARTY) will be a great servant of the Lord….and the power of the Holy Spirit will be with him from the time he is born in Bagamoyo” (cf. Luke 1:5-25).

The New Libermann
With our prayers and wholeheated support and with hearts completely fervent in the Spirit, John will lead the Spiritans “to turn back to the Lord their God” and the charism of their Founders. Again, John will go ahead of the Lord with the same power and spirit that Elijah had. More importantly, because of John, Spiritans will be more thoughtful of their children (the poorest of the poor). And people who now disobey God and SRL will begin to think as they ought to. That is how John will get Spiritans ready for the Lord (cf. Luke 1:57-66).

Therefore, the 11th of July 2012 will continue to be remembered as the day when the delegates of the 20th General Chapter assembling at Bagamoyo ‘picked up their tablets’ and wrote, “His name is John.” For the next eight (8) years, this son of an Irish Zechariah, Fr. John Fogarty CSSp, will serve as the Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Here comes the New Libermann!

While prophesying powerfully about John we must loudly thank Jean! From 2004 to 2012, Fr. Jean-Paul HOCH CSSp selflessly and sacrificially served the Spiritan Family and Mission. May God bless and reward him with good health and happiness.

Long live Spiritans!

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13 Comments

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in General Chapter

 

13 responses to “JOHN FOGARTY…The New Libermann

  1. Okoro D

    July 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Man wowo, you are a gift. the piece is well written and the imagery very apt. Thanks

     
    • Chibuike Ojilere

      July 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Damyloja, you will live long! I’m glad this little reflection cheered your heart. Remain blessed.

       
  2. Okoro Damasus

    July 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Yea!! man Wowo, i guess there is another dimension to him being elected on African soil,Fr. John was born into African missionary space, when he took his first mission appointment in Ghana. Then the first ever general chapter on African soil has now raised him to the highest office in the congregation.

     
    • Chibuike Ojilere

      July 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Man Loja,
      You’re perfectly right. Check the post “Bagamoyo 2012” to value the historico-spiritual import of this first chapter on the African soil.

       
  3. Alemayo Patrick

    July 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is a wonderful way of describing the dawn of a new era with the election of John Fogarty as our new Superior General. We thank God for the work of His Spirit through Christ our Lord. May the good Lord give him the listening ear to lead us well. Long live Spiritan Congregation.

     
    • Chibuike Ojilere

      July 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Hello Patrick, I appreciate your appreciation! God bless your apostolate.

       
  4. joe fogarty

    July 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    congrats from your brother in the ould sod its a long way from finglas

     
    • Chibuike Ojilere

      July 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Hi Joe, thanks to God and to the FOGARTY family for gift of John to the Spiritan family!

       
      • oe fogarty

        July 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        hello my man great news, i,m the little brother we,re all very happy here in the old country!

         
      • Chibuike Ojilere

        July 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        Hello Joe,
        I can feel your joy all the way the “old country” of Shamrock! God keep us as we journey with our big brother John in his new call to service.

         
  5. Malachy Eleanya

    July 12, 2012 at 4:36 am

    OWU this is a beautiful masterpiece. Keep it up.

     
  6. John Jerome

    October 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    HOW DO I JOIN THE CONGREGATION AND ITS REQUIREMENT,

     

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