The ENC and ICCRS
Letter of the European Network of Communities to the president of ICCRS.
On the relationship between ICCRS and the ENC
Vienna, November 2009
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we have discussed during my stay in Rome in June and together with the members of ICCRS during the meeting in Budapest at the beginning of November, we agreed that I should confirm the outcome of our discussion in a letter form. After again consulting the members of the Exec and the members of the Council of the ENC I am writing this letter to you in full confidence that it represents the understanding of both sides.
1. Because the ENC is a network of likeminded communities all sharing in the blessings of the Charismatic Renewal the catholic members of both the catholic and the ecumenical communities in the ENC want to fully share in the values and participate in the activities of ICCRS. There is no contradiction between membership of the ENC and taking part in what ICCRS represents and provides for our communities.
Belonging to the ENC means to be part of an international family of communities where we help each other to develop according to Gods plan for our communities and serve together both in the Kingdom and in the world using the charisms God has entrusted the individual communities with.
2. Our Catholic communities and the Catholic members of our ecumenical communities want to fully participate in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and share in this particular spirituality within the wider Catholic Church. This is the reason why we want to be officially in relationship with ICCRS through ESCI. As individual communities and as a network we want to offer our help to foster the development of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal within our respective countries.
3. The International Council of the ENC expresses its commitment to ensure that the Catholic members of our communities are fully supported in their identity as members of the Catholic Church and in their spirituality coming out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
It is the duty of the leaders in our communities to make sure that their Catholic members are well educated in the faith and practice of their church and that they are participating as active members in the life of their local parishes.
4. Every Catholic or ecumenical community in the ENC will do its best to develop a solid relationship with their local bishop or his representative. As the Council we encourage each local community to consider church recognition as a “Private Association of the Faithful” as soon as possible, integrating the values and structures of a member community within the ENC.
5. All Catholic or ecumenical communities of the ENC and their respective National Councils do their best to develop relationships with the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in their region. This relationship of regular information and mutual trust should foster all kinds of collaboration under the guidance of the NSC.
6. This relationship with the NSC and their leading role in all cases of collaboration is not in contradiction to the fact that the Catholic communities and the Catholic members of ecumenical communities of the ENC have their internal communitarian life as a “religious family” and their right to order their inner “family life” in an autonomous way under the oversight of the local bishop or his representative.
7. To support all of this we want to strengthen the relationship between the Executive of the ENC and the International Council of ICCRS through the ESCI. A representative from the ENC will be appointed to serve as a permanent “ambassador” to ESCI for the 4 years term of the ENC Executive to regularly report about developments within the ENC and to inform the ENC Executive about special requests of ICCRS / ESCI to the ENC.
8. The ENC as an ecumenical body is free to elect its president and the two vice-presidents on its own. Nevertheless we understand that it is of importance for the relationship between ICCRS and the ENC who will be those persons in governmental position. To strengthen our relationships we offer voluntarily and not as a requirement for us being in relationship with ICCRS to inform the president of ICCRS three months before every new presidential election in the ENC about the list of candidates for the office. If there is a serious objection against to at least one of these candidates the president of ICCRS will inform the ambassador of the ENC about any hesitation at least 30 days before the election. The International Council of the ENC will seriously consider this intervention from ICCRS for the final nomination of candidates for the election.
So, Michelle, we trust that this communicates to you both our conviction about the importance of the Charismatic Renewal for the Catholic Church as well as our desire to be an active part in it. May this letter confirm a relationship we already have which we pray will grow in depth and fruitfulness.
Deacon Johannes Fichtenbauer
President of ENC
Reply of Dariusz Jeziorny, Chairman of ESCI European Sub-Committee of ICCRS
25th Nov 2009
Regarding your meeting with Michelle Moran (President of ICCRS) and Oreste Pesare (Director of the ICCRS Office) taken from your initiative in Rome, June 2009 and the subsequent meeting with the European Sub-Committee of ICCRS (hereafter ESCI) in Budapest, 5th November 2009.
Michelle Moran as a President of ICCRS after consultation with all the European Councilors of ICCRS proposed that ESCI will be the appropriate body to develop collaboration between European Network of Communities and International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services as both organizations serve the Charismatic Renewal on European level. This decision was approved by ESCI.
1. European Sub-Committee of ICCRS assists ICCRS’ Councilors to fulfil their duties in Europe, especially:
a) To develop the communication system (contact between ICCRS and various national coordinating bodies and international networks).
b) To encourage cooperation and mutual assistance of CCR on international level.
c) To discern what the Lord expects from the CCR in Europe.
d) To create a possibility of regular meetings of National Service Committees’ representatives/head-contacts/correspondents from Europe.
e) To deepen the cooperation with international Charismatic organizations and networks plus ecclesial movements and new communities.
f) To organize European conferences.
2. ESCI appreciates the identity and work of ENC, particularly:
a) The whole vision of ENC presented during the above mentioned meetings in June and November 2009 which is corresponding with the ICCRS vision of how to serve the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
b) An offer of formation for many European communities some of whom have little contact with ICCRS. ESCI’s main partners are National coordinating bodies, (NSC’S) although we are called to serve all Charismatic realities which are in communion with their ecclesial authorities.
c) Development of healthy ecumenical relations between Catholics and non-catholic Charismatic realities.
d) Emphasizing the necessity of forming solid relationships between the Catholic communities – members of ENC and their local bishops.
e) Encouraging communities – members of ENC to have close relationships with their national coordinating bodies (NSC’S).
3. To strengthen close cooperation and understanding between ESCI and ENC, the European Sub-Committee of ICCRS declares the will of:
a) Sending invitations to ENC’s Council to have its representatives present during every meeting of European National Service Committees/head-contacts/correspondents.
b) Circulating information from European countries about the situation of CCR on our continent.
c) Being mutually informed about the ENC’s and ESCI /ICCRS activities.
d) Striving to find the best solution for communication between the President of ENC and the Chairman of ESCI.
Chairman of ESCI European Sub-Committee of ICCRS