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Written by: Rev. Fr. John K. KANYINDA, CICM
A century and half have passed since the Congregation of the immaculate Heart of Mary (C.I.C.M.) came to be, from November 28, 1862 to November 28, 2012! This year we celebrate with gratitude how it all started and how it has continued to grow through the years. It was actually in Scheut, Belgium, that Fr. Theophiel Verbist had a dream.
He, along with some companions, decided to venture in China as missionaries. This was going to be a journey of faith for the love of God and the Chinese people. They themselves didn’t know where the journey would take them. As these beginnings go back to One Hundred Fifty years ago, we cannot just imagine what the world was like then! Definitely not much like our world, for telecommunication means were inexistent (no internet, no radio, no telephone, no television) and so were the airplanes, buses, etc., save for a few pre-modern embarkations on the seas. You cannot also imagine how difficult such a journey might have been! That was their world and yet these men found their way among the Chinese and subsequently gave their two cents worth. The Holy Father Pope Benedict in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) affirms that “Without God man neither knows which way to go nor even understands who he is.” (#78) Fr. Theophiel and companions rightly understood their mission within the context of the love for the marginalized Chinese people and the love for God. These were their missionary driving force. Thus, they shared God’s love to the Chinese people in a way that was close and intimate, following the mandate of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to every creature to the ends of the earth. I believe that this mission is incumbent on all of us who were baptized into Christ.
Father Theophile Verbist was born in Antwerp, Belgium on June 12, 1823. Pursuing his dream of becoming a priest, he headed straight into a priestly vocation after his studies and he was ordained on September 18, 1847. Inspired by the work of the Holy Childhood, Father Verbist felt that he, too, should do something more for the poor and needy in China focusing on abandoned children and on the millions of Chinese who lived at that time in ignorance and poverty. Thereafter, the statutes for the congregation were then set up and after repeated revisions and adaptations, they were finally approved on November 28, 1862. The foundation was named Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae with Fr. Verbist as superior.
Fr. Verbist joined the first group to experience life as a missionary and to oversee the mission itself. He and his companions were ordinary priests with background on pastoral work but had yet to learn about missionary life. The founding fathers never imagined that many would follow in their footsteps notwithstanding the cost of traveling by sea and the perils that lay before them. But through it all, he’d say: To him who loves, nothing is difficult”.
On February 23, 1868, barely 27 months after he started their mission in Mongolia, Fr. Verbist died of typhoid fever at the age of 45. His memory will forever be remembered by the people especially those whom the CICM past and present have served.