COMMUNITY CLUSTERS


As a result of last year’s effort to create a national directory, the Western Region listing now includes 22 communities and a Diaspora group of members currently unable to affiliate with a community. There are 109 members affiliated with the Region including: 2 in Arizona, 18 Dông Hành–Vietnamese CLC, 25 Korean, 10 members in Southern California, 47 in Northern California, and 7 in the Diaspora. Potential for new adult English speaking communities are developing in Tucson and Santa Barbara.

There are ten communities that are, generally speaking, limited to English-speaking capability in their faith sharing. Two of these are located in the Southern Section with the remainder in the Northern Section. There are four Dông Hành–Vietnamese CLC affiliated with the Region, three in the south and one in the north, and five Korean CLCs affiliated with the Region from the south. Virtually all of the Korean and Vietnamese groups are multi-lingual while one English-speaking adult community in the South, Companeros Bang Joo, is multi-cultural.

ADULT (30 AND ABOVE)
Dông Hành Vietnamese CLC / Dông Hành CLC National Assembly

by Quang Pham

Dông Hành - CLC held its national assembly at DePaul Evangelization Center in Montebello, CA, from December 28, 2005, to January 1, 2006. This year, there were over 120 people coming from different regions of the U.S. to attend the assembly, including many youth and a few babies in strollers (pre-CLCers!). We also were delighted to have Tom and Bernie Bausch, Lois Campbell, and John LeVecke, S.J., members of the USA Executive Council, join us in this assembly. The theme of the assembly was, “We have come to worship Him,” and workshops were offered in three different tracks (Adults, Young Adults and Youth), so everyone could choose his/her own topics to attend.

At this gathering, nine members of the same group in Phoenix, AZ chose to make their permanent commitment and three members made their temporary commitment in CLC. An election was held in this assembly for a new president and vice-president of Dông Hành CLC. Mr. Lien Le was re-elected as president and Mrs. Kim-Anh Nguyen of Phoenix, AZ, was chosen as the vice-president. The assembly also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fr. Julian Elizalde, S.J., as a Jesuit. Fr. Elizalde started the Dông Hành movement back in Vietnam in 1972, and when he came to the U.S. in 1976, he re-started the movement and the fruits of his enduring efforts with the Vietnamese still can be seen today in the U.S. and Europe. Bishop Mai Thanh Luong, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange, CA, Fr. Mai Khai Hoan, director of the Vietnamese Center in Orange County, and more than ten Jesuits came and con-celebrated the special Mass with Fr. Elizalde. Dông Hành-CLC is deeply grateful for the presence of Bishop Luong, Fr. Hoan, and the Jesuits in this special celebration.

Overall, the spirit of the assembly was of a family gathering, consisting of different generations of Vietnamese who share in the same CLC calling and way of life. The Vietnamese Companions of Christ have shared in our Ignatian way of life for the past twenty years and since July of 2004, at the CLC National Assembly, they have been formally affiliated with National CLC. This affiliation continues to happen on the basis of individual groups. Our Region has a history of working closely with this vital cluster group and Dông Hành now has official representation on the regional and national coordinating councils.


KOREAN CLC

by Christine Kim

KCLC has made administrative changes in the Region which have downsized some of its active participation. Korean CLC has six local communities and one pre-CLC community. On World CLC Day, 15 Korean CLCers made their first temporary commitment and 10 KCLCers renewed their commitment during Mass at LMU. Korean CLC sponsored many retreat opportunities as well, with two days of recollection for formation, an eight-day silent retreat in June, and a four-day silent retreat in January of this year. These retreats were all led by Korean Jesuits.


INTERCULTURAL CLC

by Augie Won

Companeros Bang-Joo community was first launched on the hilltop of Hollywood in November, 2004. Composed of lay and clergy Ignatians, and desiring to utilize the Ignatian spirituality for extensive mission in their surrounding society, this community has set up the goal initially to become a guide group to serve the development of future and wider CLC groups in the Western Region. Companeros is the Spanish word for companions, while Bang-Joo means the Noah’s Ark in Korean. The name symbolizes the unity of faith within diverse cultural roots and traditions. We are people from Britain, California, Ireland, Korea, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Honduras.

Currently at our bi-monthly meeting are making the Spiritual Exercises group, using the book, “Moment by Moment” as a guide manual.


SPANISH SPEAKING CVX (Comunidad de Vida Cristiana)

by Mark Befort

Numerous Spanish speaking efforts are being co-ordinated throughout the Region, particularly in the Fresno and Los Angeles areas.

There is a group in the pre-CLC stages at St. Thomas More parish in Alhambra. There also are significant Spanish-speaking efforts in Palm Springs. These groups are using Spanish 19th Annotation materials from various Jesuit and CLC websites.

Materials are being tested and used as means for introducing participants to Ignatian Spirituality which hopefully will result in fully functioning CLC groups in the near future.


ADULT (23-30)


SOUTHERN SECTION
by Christine Felkel

Ventanas has entered into its second
year with continued efforts to be a window of opportunity for Adults (23-30) to enter into the spiritual exercises and to become part of CLC. Ventanas and this year’s CLC bash on January 31st have been a huge success. Those who have participated in the events have been renewed and reconnected. At the events, alumni and friends gather to share in a spiritual/educational day with the celebration of Mass, sharing in a meal together, and then reflecting on the season, eg. Ordinary Time and Lent. Those who have participated in these wonderful events find a commonality amongst the group in a time of transition, change, and significant discernment, decisions, and life opportunities. In sharing with one another, those attending leave the day feeling rejuvenated and filled with a great sense of hope, serenity, peace and community as companions in Christ. I strongly encourage adults to check out a Venatanas or Bash. The experience is said to be like a mini-retreat and reunion combined. (Small faith-sharing CLC groups have formed from these events allowing the experience to continue on a regular basis in a more intimate setting).

NORTHERN SECTION
by Melissa Broome

The first Northern Section Adult (23-30) CLC group is set to meet on March 24th. The group is comprised of Alumni CLCers from LMU with the involvement of Fr. George Dennis, S.J., who is in retirement at Los Gatos.


YOUNG ADULT / UNIVERSITY

by Jen Horan

LMU continues to be one of the largest Young Adult CLC programs in the nation and the world. There are over 500 participants in some 50 groups. Some of these groups now are officially affiliated with CLC-USA as the University participates in the dues process. Many students now have made their temporary commitments to the CLC way of life as well.

The program continues to thrive, hosting on campus outreach events such as Java-Jive-n-Jesus, a coffee house discussion of issues of faith in every day life, weekly Taize prayer for Lent, and the addition of a monthly Eucharistic Adoration. This Lent, students also have been invited to participate in a retreat in daily life with weekly spiritual direction and group meetings. The efforts at LMU continue to be facilitated by Tri Dinh, S.J. and Manh Tran, S.J., along with a devoted student team. The LMU program parallels the structure of CLC-USA, with its own Executive Council, teams of coordinators and guides, and its participation in the Regional Coordinating Council.


YOUTH / HIGH SCHOOL

by Christopher Nguyen, S.J.

The principal and the entire faculty at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield want to bring CLC to the whole student body. Some CLC groups have begun to form there. The development of formation material for beginning CLC at a high school is almost completed. For the next year, I am planning to have a small Regional gathering for high school CLCers in Southern Section. I also am thinking of some training and sharing sessions for the coordinators at the high school level.