Fr. Albert J. Arulraja participated at the Forge Encounter held from the 8th of April to the 22nd of June, 2018. There were 13 participants representing 10 organisms. Fr. Roland Chidiebere Onuekwusi from East Nigeria and Fr. Paulso Varkey Veliyannoor from North East India were the coordinators and the programme was mainly based at the Forge center in Los Negrales, Madrid, Spain.
The encounter was fashioned with journeys of prayer, scripture reflections, journaling and desert experience through which the members were given the opportunity to intimate in their relationship with “God, the Father.” The encounter also helped the participants to live the following of Jesus in the style of Mary, Claret and our brother martyrs. The pilgrimage to the Holy Land paved the participants to walk in the footprints of Jesus Christ, experiencing His life with greater intensity. Participants were also guided to reflect in depth about the various charismatic traits of the Congregation and were taken to the holy places of Fr. Claret and beloved Martyrs of the Congregation. Meditating at the Crypt of the Martyrs of Barbastro and the Tomb of St. Anthony Claret were special significance for all the participants.